“Fish Washington” app launched ahead of season opener

As this season’s lowland lakes fishing opener, and  the state’s biggest fishing day of the year, prepares to open on April 28, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have debuted a new mobile app that promises to make determining fishing regulations for Washington waters easier and more convenient.

The free “Fish Washington” app is designed to show up-to-the-minute fishing regulations for every lake, river, stream and marine area in the state.

The exception, according to the department, is that for now it does not yet include information on shellfish and seaweed collection rules.

In February, the department asked for anglers to sign up to be beta testers on the new app, tested by thousands across the state.

Inland Fish Program Manager Steve Thiesfeld says, “The Fish Washington app is a step in our ongoing effort to make fishing simpler in Washington,”

The application contains these features, among others:

  • Interactive map-based rules to help anglers find fishing near them.
  • Details on harvest limits and allowable gear for fishable species in each body of water.
  • Links to the Fish Washington website and instructional videos designed to convey when, where and how to fish in Washington.
  • Locations of boat launches and other fishing access points.
  • Ability to add waypoints on maps, and report poaching in progress.
  • Downloadable updates and offline capacity designed for those who may not have cell service in remote areas or on the water.

Thiesfeld said, “The Fish Washington app is a planning and mapping tool that should be on every Washington angler’s smart phone”.

Development of the “Fish Washington” app is part of a larger set of communication initiatives the department is working on in response to public feedback in recent years.

Other examples include ongoing efforts to simplify fishing rules and redesign of the department’s website.

Future plans include electronic sportfishing catch record cards and a comparable mobile hunting application.

“We are grateful to the outdoorspeople that made suggestions, tested and helped support us as we have worked to develop this phone app,” said Thiesfeld. “They are a big part of our work to maintain and improve the fishing experience in Washington.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Fish Washington app is a planning and mapping tool that should be on every Washington angler’s smart phone,” said Thiesfeld.

Development of the “Fish Washington” app is part of a larger set of communication initiatives the department is working on in response to public feedback in recent years.

 

Other examples include ongoing efforts to simplify fishing rules and redesign of the department’s website.

 

 

Future plans include electronic sportfishing catch record cards and a comparable mobile hunting application.

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