Trout fishing has begun on hundreds of lakes throughout the state, and a variety of other fishing opportunities open in the weeks ahead.

With the new fisheries coming in the next month, May is a great time to head outside for outdoor adventures.

The lowland lakes fishing season is officially underway and anglers have plenty of opportunities to reel in some nice-size fish.

For most people, a valid 2018-19 license is required. The exception are those age 15 and younger, who can fish for free.

The third annual statewide trout fishing derby continues through Oct. 31. All that's needed to participate is a valid license.

More than 1,000 tagged fish were stocked in lakes throughout the state. Locally, Erie, McMurray and Sixteen lakes received tagged fish.

Anglers can get help from the “Fish Washington” mobile app. The free app conveys up-to-the-minute fishing regulations for every lake, river, stream and marine area in the state.

Several areas of Puget Sound will open for halibut in May.

For marine areas 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, the halibut fishery will be open May 11, 13, 25 and 27. Depending on available quota, areas will re-open to halibut fishing June 7, 9, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30.

There is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction.

May also provides good fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass throughout Western Washington as waters warm and adult fish prepare to spawn.

Details on recreational salmon fisheries for the 2018 seasons will be provided in the 2018-19 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, which will be available in late June.

To learn about notable changes to this year’s Puget Sound sport salmon fisheries, visit the state Department of Fish & Wildlife's salmon-season setting webpage.

The spring wild turkey season continues through May 31 throughout the state.

Hunters have through May 23 to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep and turkey seasons. Special permits allow hunters to hunt at times and places beyond those allowed by a general hunting license. 

Most special hunting permit applications cost $7.10 for residents, $110.50 for nonresidents and $3.80 for those under 16. Applications for mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, and “quality” categories for deer and elk cost $13.70.

— Reporter Vince Richardson: 360-416-2181,, Twitter: @Sports_SVH,

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