Hunters Take to the Field, Salmon Move Upriver

washingtonfishwildlife_0The sun is setting earlier and the leaves are beginning to turn color – signs of another change of season. Fall is in the air, and hunters are heading out for the first major hunting seasons of the year.

To help hunters make the most of this year’s seasons, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has compiled area-by-area summaries of hunting prospects throughout the state. The reports, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/prospects/, include information on deer, elk, waterfowl, turkey, upland birds and other species, as well as suggestions on techniques and places to hunt.

A variety of fisheries are also underway, including opportunities to catch salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers and trout in lakes throughout Washington.

Highlights for outdoors enthusiasts this month include:

  • Deer and elk: Early general archery hunts open for deer and elk in several areas of the state.
  • Canada geese: Hunters will have an opportunity to go afield for Canada geese before the primary waterfowl seasons get underway in October.
  • Columbia River salmon and steelhead: The popular fishery shifts to a new phase in September as anglers pursue salmon and steelhead farther up the Columbia River and its tributaries.
  • Eastern Washington lakes: Fishing for trout and warmwater species, such as bass and yellow perch, should continue to be good at several eastern Washington lakes.

Regulations for hunting seasons can be found in the big game hunting pamphlet and the waterfowl and upland game pamphlet at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/. Regulations for fisheries are described in the sport fishing rules pamphlet, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

For a region-by-region description of fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities available this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/weekender/. These reports are updated throughout the month to provide up-to-date information about recreational opportunities around the state.