Get outside this holiday season

Photo Credit: Courtesy of WDFW

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Despite the winter chill, Washingtonians have plenty of reasons to head outdoors during the holidays. Seasonal fisheries are underway throughout the state, waterfowl hunting is in full swing, and birders are gearing up for some prime viewing opportunities.

Those planning to spend time outdoors between holiday shopping can enjoy:

  • Goose and duck hunting: Success rates are increasing as more northern birds move into Washington.
  • Trout fishing: Anglers continue to reel in trout from numerous lakes throughout the state.  
  • Steelhead fishing: Many Columbia River tributaries remain open for steelhead this December.
  • Puget Sound crabbing: A few areas of Puget Sound remain open for Dungeness crab fishing.
  • Squid fishing: Jigging for squid is easy, inexpensive, and fun to do with the whole family. December is a great month to target squid in Puget Sound.
  • Wildlife viewing: Audubon Society chapters around the state are preparing for the annual Christmas Bird Count, which takes flight this month. For more information, visit the Audubon website at

For more information about fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing opportunities available this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW's website at These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.

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