There may be other permits that are required by WDFW and other agencies in addition to the WDFW Permit to Conduct a Fishing Contest for the Taking of Game Fish. These permits are dependent upon the body of water being fished.
WDFW Owned or Managed Lands
A Commercial Use Permit is required for any event on WDFW land if an entry or other type of fee is charged, or when goods or services will be offered for sale or barter (WAC 220-500-060).
Additionally, a Temporary Use Permit is required for any private or public event on WDFW land involving more than 30 people (WAC 220-500-070). For more information, contact the regional office nearest your event:
Region 1 – (509) 892-1001 firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 2 – (509) 754-4624 TeamEphrata@dfw.wa.gov
Region 3 – (509) 575-2740 email@example.com
Region 4 – (425) 775-1311 TeamMillCreek@dfw.wa.gov
Region 5 – (360) 696-6211 firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 6 – (360) 249-4628 TeamMontesano@dfw.wa.gov
Box Canyon Reservoir (Pend Oreille River)
City of Cusick
The City of Cusick requires notification of fishing contests being held on Box Canyon Reservoir that are using Cusick Public Park and/or the Cusick Boat Launch. For contests having 20 or more boats, a Cusick Public Park and Boat Launch Permit is required. The cost of the permit is $75 and is obtained from the town of Cusick. To obtain the permit application and/or if there are any questions, please contact the town clerk or mayor of Cusick at:
Town of Cusick
P.O. Box 263
Cusick, WA 99119
Cusick City Hall is located on 111 First St. and is only open one day per week. That day is Tuesday and the hours of business are noon to 6pm.
Columbia River (bordering with Oregon)
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
An Oregon Fishing Contest Permit may also be required if any fishing activity is going to take place on Oregon tributaries and sloughs for any Washington fishing contests held on Lake Wallula, Lake Umatilla, Lake Celilo, Bonneville Lake, and the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam.
- If the contest is limited to 24 or less boats or 49 or fewer participants, a permit is not required. However, the appropriate ODFW district staff must be notified.
- If the contest has 25 or more boats or 50 or more participants a permit is required. In addition, an Oregon State Board Marine Event Permit is required (http://www.boatoregon.com/OSMB/BoatLaws/Events.shtml).
- Anglers fishing Oregon tributaries and sloughs will need to obtain an Oregon fishing license.
- Anglers fishing in Oregon tributaries and sloughs will be required to follow Oregon size and bag limits.
- All bass are to be released in the vicinity of where they were caught.
If there are any questions, you can contact either Terry Shrader – 541.388.6363, ext. 227 or Gary Galovich – 541.757.4186, ext. 244.
Bureau of Reclamation
The Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) requires notification for fishing contests held on Scooteney Reservoir due to potential impacts to USBR facilities. For contests having 20 boats or less either contact the USBR Ephrata Field Office (Bruce Loranger, 509-754-0210) . For contests having more than 20 boats, the USBR requires a special event permit. This permit is for the land use of Scooteney Park and related facilities. The cost of the permit is $300 ($200 application fee + $100 event fee) and if the event is regularly scheduled, it can be good for up to 5 years. To obtain a special event permit application and/or if there are any questions, please contact Bruce Loranger at the above number or via email at email@example.com.
Duck Lake (Grays Harbor)
City of Ocean Shores
Fishing contests held on Duck Lake are required by the city of Ocean Shores to have a marine special event permit. An application for a marine special event permit is obtained from the Ocean Shores Permit Center. The completed application should be submitted no later than 30 days prior to holding the fishing contest. The application may be submitted by mail, FAX, or in person. It is important to note that the sponsor of the fishing contest must have proof of insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 for the specific dates of the fishing contest indemnifying the city of Ocean Shores.
Ocean Shores Permit Center
710 Point Brown Ave. NE
P.O. Box 909
Ocean Shores, WA 98569
Lake Merwin, Yale Lake, and Swift Creek Reservoir (Lewis River)
PacifiCorp requires notification of fishing contests being held on Lake Merwin, Yale Lake, and Swift Creek Reservoir that are using PacifiCorp parks. This is necessary to insure that PacifiCorp is aware of the activity, PacifiCorp is able to plan for and accommodate the increased usage, and park guidelines are followed. For more information contact PacifiCorp Recreation at 503-813-6666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Park Service
A Special Use Permit to conduct a fishing tournament on Lake Roosevelt may be required if launching from a National Park Service (NPS) administered boat launch site. An application can be requested by email or phone and must be submitted at least two weeks in advance. However, if the application could be submitted 30 days prior to holding the fishing contest, it would be greatly appreciated. A fee for the permit may be required in advance of the contest. Other park fees for launching and camping must also be paid and associated rules followed. A copy of the WDFW final report for fishing contests must be submitted to the NPS. Contact Julie Treu-Fowler at email@example.com or visit the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area website.
Colville Confederated Tribes
No special permits or licenses are required if fishing from a boat. However, a tribal license is required if fishing from shore or launching from areas of Lake Roosevelt controlled by the Colville Tribes. For more information call the CCT Fish and Wildlife Department (509-634-2110).
Areas of Lake Roosevelt controlled by the Spokane Tribe and off limits to non-tribal members are posted. If launching from property under the jurisdiction of the Spokane Tribe, call 509-258-9119 (enforcement) for more information.
Lake Sammamish State Park
Tournament participants that want to use the park facilities (i.e., dock, parking lot) to conduct the weigh-in will be required to obtain a Special Activities Permit. There is a $25 application fee and an additional per person event fee. Although fishing contests can occur throughout the year, during the months of June, July, and August, Lake Sammamish State Park will not issue a Special Activities Permit to use the boat launch area (launch, docks, parking lot) due to the heavy use of the are during this time. To obtain a Special Activities Permit and/or if there are any questions, please contact Peter C. Walters at 425.455.7010 ext. 105 or Peter.Walters@PARKS.WA.GOV.
City of Bellingham Park facilities including Lake Padden, Bloedel-Donovan, Whatcom Falls and Maritime Heritage Parks
City of Bellingham
Tournament participants that want to use the park facilities (i.e., dock, parking lot) will be required to obtain a Special Request Permit. There is a $50 application fee. To obtain a Special Request Permit and/or if there are any questions, please contact Bellingham Parks & Recreation 360.778.7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard may require a marine event permit for fishing contests that are held on waters defined as navigable.
For fishing contests held on Lake Washington, Lake Union, Lake Washington Ship Canal, and Lake Sammamish, contact:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Seattle
1519 Alaskan Way S.
Seattle, WA 98134-1192
Attn: Marine Event Permits
Phone: (206) 217-6051
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Seattle has a webpage and copies of the application may be downloaded.
For fishing contests held on the Columbia River and its' impoundments, the Yakima River, the Snake River and its' impoundments, the Pend Oreille River, and the Spokane River, contact:
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Portland
Attn: Waterways Management – Marine Event Permit
6767 N. Basin Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
Phone: (503) 240-9319
BM1 Silvestre Suga III
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland
503-247-4015 ext. 415