Serving Franklin County, WA

Free fishing weekend on tap

OTHELLO – Dust off those rods and reels and head to the PotHoles this Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, for a free fishing weekend.

In accordance with the law creating the paid Discover Pass, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife is opening up state waters for fishing without a license.

Trout and warm water species may be caught and kept, as can shad. But fish requiring a catch card — salmon, steelhead and sturgeon, to name a few — still require an angler to have a license, officials said.

State rules on size and daily catch limits remain in effect, and don’t be surprised to find a game warden on the water.

“Fish and Wildlife police remind you that failure to follow the regulations may result in a citation,” said Kirt Hughes, agency fish management division director. “Knowing the rules before heading out will make for a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.”

In addition, fishermen care allowed to use two-poles, where allowed by state law.

Vehicle access fees are also waived this weekend, as are parking fees or the need for a Discover Pass on publicly owned lands managed by the state agencies like the Departments of of Fish and Wildlife, and Natural Resources, and Washington State Parks.


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