Instead of being a Grinch, how about crabbing?

WDFW has plenty of outdoors ideas to get away from the holiday hubbub this season.

Want to avoid crowds at the mall? The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some activities you might be interested in.

The WDFW says there are seasonal fishing and hunting opportunities, And enjoying the state’s natural beauty is always in season.

The agency says that those hoping to get outside and away from crowds can find joyous tidings with the following activities:

Goose and duck hunting: Success rates are increasing as more northern birds move into Washington.

Trout fishing: Anglers continue to reel in trout from numerous lakes throughout the state.

Steelhead fishing: Many Columbia River tributaries remain open for steelhead this December.

Puget Sound crabbing: A few areas of Puget Sound remain open for Dungeness crab fishing.

Squid fishing: Jigging for squid is easy, inexpensive, and fun to do with the whole family. December is a great month to target squid in Puget Sound.

Wildlife viewing: Audubon Society chapters around the state are preparing for the annual Christmas Bird Count, which takes flight this month. For more information, visit the Audubon website at

For more information about fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing opportunities available this month, see the Weekender Regional Reports posted on WDFW’s website at These reports are updated throughout the month to provide current information about recreational opportunities around the state.