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  1. What is the current status of fishing on a particular lake, river, or stream or in a particular marine area?
    See the current Sportfishing Rules pamphlet and check for Emergency Rule Changes Call WDFW’s Fish Program Statewide Customer Service desk at (360) 902-2700. For fishing regulation questions, e-mail fishregs@dfw.wa.gov. Fishing Hotline: (360) 902-2500. Shellfish Rule Change Toll-Free Hotli ...
  2. Who needs a fishing license in Washington?
    Everyone age 15 and up needs a license to fish in Washington. You do not need a license if you are fishing for common carp, crawfish, bullfrogs, smelt, or unclassified marine invertebrates. See the WDFW Licensing website for all details about residents, non-residents, etc. If a person is behi ...
  3. How do I find out about scheduled razor clam seasons in advance?
    See “How Recreational Razor Clam Seasons are Set” Seasons are based upon negotiations with coastal tribes, social-economic concerns, population/allowable harvest surveys, tides, and marine toxins sampling by the Department of Health. The process is complex and very time consuming. ...
  4. Can I fish for salmon and steelhead on free fishing weekend?
    Yes, unless your fishing license is revoked and your fishing privileges are suspended due to non-payment of child support or an order from WDFW or a court. When your fishing privileges are suspended, it means no fishing, even during free fishing weekend. On “Free Fishing Weekend,” ...
  5. If someone gives me a steelhead or salmon they legally harvested, does it count towards my daily catch limit and possession limit or theirs?
    It counts towards the daily bag and possession limit of the person who harvested the steelhead or salmon. You should get a written statement from the person that harvested the steelhead or salmon showing their name, address, license number, the number and kind of fish provided, the date caught, ...
  6. Do I need a fishing license if I'm just helping my child or others to fish?
    If you are only watching, you do not need a fishing license. However, if you are directly assisting and participating, you will need the appropriate fishing license.
  7. Does the daily catch limit and possession limit apply to fishing on my private pond?
    If you have an approved fish-stocking permit and pond evaluation from WDFW, in most cases state fishing licenses and regulatory requirements are exempted. The approval process includes pond site parameters and source of fish. This ensures that diseases will not be spread to wild fish populati ...
  8. What is the difference between statewide rules and special rules for freshwater fishing?
    Statewide rules apply to all freshwater bodies of water (lakes, streams, rivers, beaver ponds, or reservoirs) unless specifically listed under special rules. The statewide freshwater rules and special freshwater rules, taken together, determine the seasons and general rules applying to the spec ...
  9. If I am 15 years old, but I will turn 16 within the license year, do I buy a youth hunting license or an adult hunting license?
    While you are 15, you may purchase a youth license and use it for the entire license year. You will need to buy an adult hunting license and appropriate tags and state migratory bird validation to hunt waterfowl in subsequent years, however. Licenses may be purchased online or at authorized li ...
  10. If my fishing privileges have been suspended or revoked, can I still fish on free fishing weekend?
    No. If a person has their fishing license suspended or revoked, it means their privileges to engage in the activity for which they were suspended are also suspended. When your fishing privileges are suspended it means no fishing, even during free fishing weekend.
  11. What is the management rationale for the new slot limit and minimum length requirements for lingcod spear fishing?
    Currently about 25% of the lingcod harvested are smaller than the management objectives that have been adopted for the resource. Many of the smaller fish are being harvested by spearfishers. 2010 was the first year spearfishers have not been exempted from the size requirements. Such spear fish ...
  12. How many fishing poles am I allowed to have while fishing?
    One line per person unless you have a Two-pole endorsement and are fishing on a water where it may be used. There are some lakes, ponds, and reservoirs that have been excluded and most rivers have been excluded from the two-pole endorsement. All other fishing rules and regulations apply under ...
  13. What is the difference between the daily catch limit and the possession limit for fish?
    The daily bag limit is defined as the maximum number or pounds of fish, shellfish, or seaweed of a given species and size that a person may legally keep in a single day. The related possession limit is the number of daily limits allowed to be kept in the field or in transit.