As of this week, anglers on 77 lakes, as well as rivers, streams, and beaver ponds across Washington are allowed to keep more bass, walleye, and channel catfish as part of their daily limit under new permanent rules approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission late last year.
The rules, approved at the Commission’s December meeting in Bellingham, were the result of legislation passed in 2019 by the Washington State Legislature, and intended to help aid the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population by reducing the risk of predation on salmon smolts by these warmwater species.
The following changes to size and daily limits went into effect Monday in 77 lakes around the state:
Locally this includes Damon and Wynoochee Lakes in Grays Harbor and Soules and Wirkkala Ponds in Pacific County.
Lakes were removed that do not contain bass, Walleye, or Channel Catfish, or those that do not have public access.
Additionally, all size restrictions and daily limits for these species are lifted in rivers, streams, and beaver ponds statewide.
You can find a list of all affected lakes online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020-02/2shb1579-lake-list.pdf
Several other freshwater rule changes also went into effect Monday, including:
For more information on all of these rules, view the rule filings at WDFW’s rule-making webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/2020#19-13-052.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting, and other recreation opportunities.