Sportfishing Rule Simplification Process 2017-2019

Simplification of salmon regulations will occur during the North of Falcon process for 2019-2020. Public participation, meetings, and comment periods are posted on the North of Falcon: Setting Salmon Fishing Seasons page.

This is the second year of a three-year effort to simplify sportfishing regulations throughout the state.

  • Year 1 (2017): Simplify sportfishing regulations for freshwater species (steelhead, trout, warmwater fish, sturgeon, shad and carp). Rules effective July 1, 2018. Completed.
  • Year 2 (2018): Simplify sportfishing regulations for salmon fisheries in marine and fresh waters. Rules effective July 1, 2019.
  • Year 3 (2019): Simplify sportfishing regulations for marine fish and shellfish in Washington coastal and Puget Sound waters. Rules effective July 1, 2020.
  • Consider regulations that address critical conservation needs on an annual basis.