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Hundreds of lakes open April 26 for biggest fishing day of the year
Trout fishing in Washington hits full throttle April 26, when several hundred lowland lakes - stocked with millions of fish - open for a six-month season.
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Seattle Times' Mark Yuasa talks trout with WDFW -- live chat at noon on April 24
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Washington state is blessed with diverse landscapes, great camping, and excellent fishing opportunities. Whether you're planning a trip in 2014 or beyond, the trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, walleye and tuna will be waiting for you, along with many other attractions and accommodations that make for unforgettable vacations. Learn more >>

Photo of Orca pod WDFW to review status of western gray squirrel, seeks public comment
WDFW is seeking updated information on western gray squirrels as the agency reviews the species' threatened status in Washington. Learn more >>

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Wildlife Program reports summarize the current activities of our field and headquarters staff around the state.
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Anglers get one more day to catch spring chinook on lower Columbia
State fishery managers stand ready to truck salmon around Wanapum Dam
Hundreds of lakes open April 26 for biggest fishing day of the year
Washington's salmon fisheries set for 2014
WDFW adds options for coastal halibut fishing, shortens Puget Sound season
WDFW will not release 'early winter' hatchery steelhead this spring unless legal issues are resolved
Recreational shrimp fishery opens May 3 in Puget Sound
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April 22-May 22, 2014
Raffle Permit Opportunities for 2014
2013 Game Harvest Reports NEW!

Recreational Razor Clamming
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WDFW plans additional razor clam digs in April and May
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a tentative schedule of new digs in light of updated harvest estimates that show a sufficient number of clams to support the additional openings.
How Recreational Razor Clam Seasons are Set
How to Dig Razor Clams
Try these delicious Razor Clam recipes
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Photo of deformed hoof Elk Hoof Disease
Sporadic reports of lame elk or elk with overgrown or missing hooves have been received in southwest Washington since the mid 1990’s. Reports of this “hoof disease” have been increasing and hunters have regularly seen and sometimes harvested an elk with this condition.
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Elk Hoof Disease Public Working Group (EHDPWG) NEW!
Frequently Asked Questions
Submit an Elk Hoof Rot / Deformation Report

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WDFW and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission have begun the Youth Outdoors Initiative, an effort to lead the nation in involving youth in the outdoors. Learn more >>

Share Your Photos!

Washingtonians have a new way to share their outdoor adventures with others who enjoy hunting, fishing and observing the natural world. WDFW is now accepting photos for a new online gallery of images submitted by people enjoying the great outdoors.

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