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Washington Fishing Important Contact Information

Headquarters Office

Address: Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Department of Fish and Wildlife: PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200
Phone (Fish Program Statewide Customer Service): (360) 902-2700 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday)
Email (Fishing Regulation Questions): fishregs@dfw.wa.gov
Email (General Inquiries): fishpgm@dfw.wa.gov

Other Customer Service Numbers

  • Licensing: (360) 902-2464
  • Wildlife: (360) 902-2515
  • Habitat: (360) 902-2534
  • Enforcement: (360) 902-2936

Hotline Numbers

  • Fishing Emergency Regulation Hotline: (360) 902-2500
  • Shellfish Rule Change Toll-Free Hotline: (866) 880-5431

Department of Health Contact Information

Regional Offices

(8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday)

Region 1 - Spokane

Phone: (509) 892-1001
Address: 2315 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216-1566

Region 2 - Ephrata

Phone: (509) 754-4624
Address: 1550 Alder St. NW, Ephrata, WA 98823-9699

District Office - Wenatchee

Phone: (509) 662-0452
Address: 3860 Hwy. 97A, Wenatchee, WA 98801-9607

Region 3 - Yakima

Phone: (509) 575-2740
Address: 1701 S 24th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902-5720

Region 4 - Mill Creek

Phone: (425) 775-1311
Address: 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek, WA 98012-1541

Region 5 - Ridgefield

Phone: (360) 696-6211
Address: 5525 S 11th Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642

Region 6 - Montesano

Phone: (360) 249-4628
Address: 48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563-9618

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

  • Barbara Baker (Chair): Olympia
  • Molly Linville (Vice Chair): Palisades
  • James “Jim” Anderson: Buckley
  • John Lehmkuhl, Ph.D.: Wenatchee
  • Woodrow "Woody" Myers: Spokane
  • Steve Parker: Zillah
  • Tim Ragen, Ph.D.: Anacortes
  • Melanie Rowland, J.D.: Twisp
  • Lorna Smith: Jefferson County

WDFW Enforcement

  • Non-Emergency Violations/Poaching: 1-877-933-9847 (1-877-WDFW-TIP)
  • Commercial Derelict Fishing Gear: (855) 542-3935
  • Report Fish Kills, Oil or Hazardous Material Spills: (800) 258-5990

Stop the Spread of Invasive Northern Pike

How To Identify Northern Pike:

  • Yellow bean-shaped spots
  • Yellow-green to gray-green body
  • Rounded tail fork
  • Scales on cheeks and upper half of gill cover
  • 4 to 5 jaw pores

Penalty for Moving Live Northern Pike: Up to a $5,000 fine and a year in prison (RCW 77.15.250).
Reporting: If seen, call the Washington State Patrol.
Note: Northern Pike are prohibited in Washington. Anglers should kill ALL caught Pike and ensure they are dead before leaving the water.

How To Report:

  • Phone: 1.888.WDFW.AIS (1.888.933.9247)
  • Online: invasivespecies.wa.gov
  • App: WA Invasives

Derelict Fishing Gear Reporting

Report Lost or Abandoned Commercial Nets or Pots

There are no penalties for reporting lost commercial fishing gear. The Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project operates on a no-fault basis. Its primary objectives are to eliminate lost and abandoned commercial gear, contribute to Puget Sound restoration, enhance public safety, and aid in species recovery efforts.

Safety Alert: Nets Pose Risks!

Do not attempt to remove lost nets, as they can be hazardous. Divers should maintain a safe distance.

Impact of Lost Gear

Lost and abandoned commercial fishing gear remains active, posing threats to marine life, damaging habitats, endangering divers, and causing harm to boat propellers and rudders.

Collaborative Efforts

Various entities, including federal, state, tribal, and local governments, along with NGOs and grassroots organizations, are working together to safeguard and revitalize Washington's marine resources. This collaborative effort aims to locate and remove harmful commercial derelict fishing gear.

How You Can Assist

If you encounter commercial derelict gear, gather the following information:

  • Date of sighting
  • Type of gear
  • Approximate water depth
  • General location
  • Latitude and longitude coordinates

Reporting Contact Information

You can report sightings to the following organizations:

  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Toll-Free - 855-542-3935
  • Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative: 360-733-1725 or visit https://nwstraitsfoundation.org
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