LONG BEACH, Wash. - Tired of hearing other people's fish stories?

Prospective anglers interested in trying their hand at fishing can do so free of charge in Washington state during Free Fishing Weekend Saturday and Sunday.

During those two days, no license is required to fish or gather shellfish in open waters. Nor will a vehicle use permit be required to park at any of the 500 water-access sites maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"Free Fishing Weekend is a great time to revive an old hobby or to introduce friends and family to fishing," said Jim Byrd, WDFW fishing education coordinator. "Parents can introduce kids to fishing on a wide variety of open waters around the state."

While licenses are not required on Free Fishing Weekend, all other rules such as size limits, bag limits and closures will remain in effect. Anglers will also be required to complete a catch record card for any salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, halibut and Dungeness crab they catch.

Catch record cards, along with copies of WDFW's Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet, are available free at licensed dealers throughout the state and on the Web: (wdfw.wa.gov/lic/vendors/vendors.htm)

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