April a month of "openers" for Washington sportsmen

Thousands of 1 ½ -pound
Thousands of 1 ½ -pound "triploid" rainbow trout are destined for Clear Lake in preparation for the fourth Saturday in April opening day of the Washington's lowland lake fishing season. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks about 16 million fish of various sizes through the year in lakes across the state. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

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.




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