Labor Day marked the end of a sunny summer crabbing season in Puget Sound, but before you put your pots away for the year or begin planning your trips for the winter season, there’s one more piece of housekeeping every crabber must do: Submit your Puget Sound catch record card (CRC).
Since 2007, the Puget Sound recreational crab fishery has used catch record cards to help shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) estimate the number of Dungeness crab caught and retained in the salty waters of the Sound. …
We recognize anglers’ commitment to salmon conservation and the sacrifices they make to help preserve this resource. Late this summer, WDFW fishery managers made the hard decision not to reopen the San Juan Islands to salmon fishing, following high angler success during a mid-summer fishery.
The San Juan Islands are both a picturesque destination for anglers and a hot spot for salmon stocks of concern under the Endangered Species Act, including the Stillaguamish Chinook, Snohomish coho, and Fraser River salmon stocks, all of which spend time in the waters around the San Juans.
At the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), we’re committed to providing opportunities for everyone to enjoy a Life Outdoors. We actively manage more than one million acres of publicly owned land and more than 500 water access areas across the state that offer a variety of facilities that are accessible for people with disabilities.
Whether you’re looking for fishing, hunting, or wildlife viewing opportunities, our website offers many tools to find ADA-accessible facilities to enjoy the outdoors. WDFW-managed lands with ADA facilities include water access areas and wildlife areas. …
Change is afoot for forest grouse season in Washington.
The traditional Sept. 1 start of the statewide forest grouse hunting season has been moved to Sept. 15 this year in order to reduce the harvest of breeding-age hens and ultimately increase forest grouse abundance and availability for hunters.
This season that traditionally ended on Dec. 31 will run from Sept. 15 through Jan. 15, 2022 this time around, so it is not being shortened and is actually seeing a day added. The only major change is that the four-month season’s start has been delayed.
This shift aims to reduce the…
For the 20 boats that make up Washington’s commercial sea cucumber fishery, diving deep under waters of the San Juan Islands is all in a day’s work — and we hear it’s a lot of fun, too.
“How can you not have fun in the San Juan Islands?” said Washington commercial sea cucumber harvester Steve Franklin, wrapping up the first day of the state commercial fishery, which kicked off in mid-August. “We saw some eagles today, we saw some seals, and underwater, of course, you always see a plethora of sea life.”
Franklin has been participating in the state’s small…
By Michael J. Foster/WDFW
A sweeping panorama of alpine summits and wildflower-filled bowls spreads out in all directions around you as you take a well-earned break along a mountain trail. You raise your binoculars to watch nearby velvet-antlered bucks graze.
Wild Pacific waves crash on a sea stack-studded beach while you set up the day’s camp. Once finished, you think about which of the teeming tidepools that dimple the beach to explore first.
Fish roll in a glacier-fed river as your group packs up to continue on a multi-day hike. …
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologists confirmed the presence of four new wolf packs during the most recent population survey- the Vulcan Pack, the Onion Creek pack, the Navarre pack, and wolves also reestablished in the area formerly occupied by the Skookum pack that disbanded in 2017.
When new packs are confirmed in Washington, it is primarily the responsibility of WDFW’s wolf team to name them, to help differentiate all the packs in the state.
“Wolf packs are commonly named after landmarks or communities in the area of their territory,” said statewide wolf specialist Ben Maletzke. …
Fishing, hiking, camping, bird-watching, all aspects of Life Outdoors, are mainstays of mid-summer. Summer is a great time to enjoy all that Washington has for offer.
Fishing kicks into over-drive during the summer months, and Washington’s anglers are out in force. Recently, the agency celebrated “Bass Week,” and those fish are still out there, hiding under that log in your favorite fishing hole.
We do ask that you share your fishing experience. We won’t ask you to share where you fish, but wherever that is, by making the extra effort to invite grandkids, kids, neighbors and…
Every summer, WDFW is flooded with calls about fledgling birds that have either been kicked out of their nests by adult birds or tried to fly out too soon. This year has been no exception, and the number of chicks found on the ground has even increased in 2021 due to the extremely hot summer.
While resources are limited and we can’t respond to every displaced bird, two WDFW biologists in north central Washington were recently able to help a Malaga resident who found not one but five raptor nestlings stranded on the ground in a patch of Douglas firs…
Summer is a great time to take advantage of extreme low tides in coastal Washington and Puget Sound. As tides roll back in rocky shores, they reveal a treasure trove of Washington’s marine biodiversity. Explore rainbows of bright green, orange, purple, pink, blue, and red. Celebrate your #LifeOutdoors and take advantage of a rare opportunity to observe and learn about life under the sea. It’s time to go tidepooling!
Anemones, sea stars, seaweeds, algae, limpets, chitons, barnacles, and sponges are all tidepool creatures. How many different species can you spot in this picture?
With constant changes in water level, living…