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Fishing-Focused Brochures Help New Anglers, Families Hook Into Washington-Based Fishing Sites

by Sean Connolly
Aspiring Washington State anglers have a new tool to help get hooked on fishing. The Columbia -- Pacific Northwest Region’s Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program teamed up with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2019 to produce and print more than 23,000 informational brochures that highlight angling opportunities on or near the state’s 10 National Fish Hatcheries, the Abernathy Fish Technology Center, and two southwest Washington National Wildlife Refuges.

Some of the 13 brochures created to promote fishing on or near Washignton-based National Fish Hatcheries, two National Wildlife Refuges, and the Abernathy Fish Technology Center. Credit: Sean Connolly/USFWS


Geared toward novice anglers and families, the brochures describe the hatchery or refuge, highlight four to six fishing spots at or within 45 minutes of each facility, list each site’s amenities and catchable fish species, and include a map and directions. The brochures also showcase WDFW-approved local vendors that sell state fishing licenses and the Washington Discover Pass, which is required when visiting any state park.


Quinault National Fish Hatchery's new recreational fishing brochure
Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Since Makah, Quilcene, and Quinault National Fish Hatcheries are co-managed with tribal partners -- with Makah and Quinault hatcheries actually located on tribal lands -- the Program took special care to consult with area tribes. Ensuring the tribes’ fishing regulations and licensing requirements were appropriately documented, and that the tribes were both informed about and supportive of the project was critical to the project’s success.

A girl hooks a trout at Winthrop National Fish Hatchery's annual Kids Fishing Day.
Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The brochures were developed to support the Secretary of the Interior’s goal to promote fishing and hunting on or near public lands and increasing access. They will also help the State of Washington’s and national R3 (Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation) efforts and promote fishing for people who are relatively new to the sport. The brochures also identified the new, officially-opened fishing sites located on Entiat, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, and Spring Creek National Fish Hatcheries.




Better yet, if you're in the area, vist one of our 10 Washington-based National Fish Hatcheries, Ridgefield or Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer, or the Abernathy Fish Technology Center!


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Last Updated: September 30, 2019
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