HUNTING/FISHING — April is perhaps the biggest month of the year for “opening days,” with something for Washington outdoor enthusiasts of virtually every persuasion.
Here are dates to consider:
Today – Several dozen lakes in the Columbia Basin open to fishing.
April 5-6 – A two-day spring turkey youth hunt for hunters age 15 and younger opens statewide.
April 14-20 – A seven-day morning razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled on various ocean beaches.
April 15 – The general spring turkey hunting season opens for hunters of all ages and runs through May 31.
April 16 – Lingcod fishing season opens in the Neah Bay area (Marine Area 4).
April 26 – Hundreds of lakes open to trout fishing across the state, including Spokane County lakes such as West Medical and Williams. This is the biggest “opening day” of the year.
- See stocking schedules for 16 million hatchery fish that have been planted or or are ready to be released into the state's lakes.
New 2014-15 season fishing licenses are required in Washington starting today. The exception is youths under age 15, who can fish for free.
- Buy Washington licenses and permits here or at sporting goods stores that sell them.
- See a list of license vendors.