Liberalizing limits on bass, walleye, and channel catfish

The public comment period for these rule proposals is now closed.

During the 2019 legislative session, the Washington State Legislature passed Second Substitute House Bill 1579, directing the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to “adopt rules to liberalize bag limits for bass, walleye, and channel catfish in all anadromous waters of the state in order to reduce the predation risk to salmon smolts.”

This language was passed in part to implement the governor’s task force recommendations meant to increase abundance of Chinook salmon, benefiting the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population.

The department has listed the proposed waters for liberalization by geographic area of the state. For additional information, see the notice of proposed rule making

Short Description: Implementation of 2SHB 1579.  This proposal eliminates harvest restrictions for bass, walleye, and channel catfish in all rivers, streams and beaver ponds, and in lakes, ponds and reservoirs where these three species inhabit the same water as salmon smolts.

Explanation: This proposal is implementing Section 2 of 2SHB 1579, which requires the agency to liberalize bag limits on bass, walleye, and channel catfish in anadromous waters in order to reduce the predation risk to salmon smolts.

Puget Sound area lakes

Lake Name

County

Crocker Lake

Jefferson

Delanty Lake

Jefferson

Gibbs Lake

Jefferson

Irely Lake

Jefferson

Leland Lake

Jefferson

AKL Pond

King

Ames Lake

King

Boren, Lake

King

Cass Pond

King

Cottage Creek South Pond

King

Cottage Lake

King

Horseshoe Lake

King

Jones Lake

King

Joy, Lake

King

Langendorfer Lake

King

Larsen Lake

King

Millers Pond

King

Paradise Lake

King

Peterson Lake

King

Phantom Lake

King

Ravensdale Lake

King

Sammamish, Lake

King

Sawyer, Lake

King

Star Lake

King

Swans Mill Pond

King

Walsh Lake

King

Washington, Lake

King

Buffington Pond

Kitsap

Carpenter Lake

Kitsap

Erickson Pond

Kitsap

Erickson Reservoir

Kitsap

Kitsap Lake

Kitsap

Long Lake

Kitsap

Mission Lake

Kitsap

Mission Lower Pond

Kitsap

Nellita Pond

Kitsap

Panther Lake

Kitsap

Sprague Pond

Kitsap

Symington Lake

Kitsap

Tahuya Lake

Kitsap

Wildcat Lake

Kitsap

Black Slough Pond

Mason

Blacksmith Pond

Mason

Christine, Lake

Mason

Cranberry Lake

Mason

Cushman, Lake

Mason

Erdman Lake

Mason

Fawn Lakes

Mason

Goat Ranch Pond

Mason

Haven Lake

Mason

Isabella Lake

Mason

Kokanee, Lake

Mason

Larsen Lake

Mason

Limerick, Lake

Mason

Mason Lake

Mason

Oak Patch Lake

Mason

Sherwood Creek Mill Pond

Mason

Trask Lake

Mason

Windship Pond

Mason

Chambers Lake

Pierce

Electron Reservoir

Pierce

Kapowsin Lake

Pierce

Morey Pond

Pierce

Muck Lake

Pierce

Muck Lake

Pierce

Ohop Lake

Pierce

Steilacoom Lake

Pierce

Tanwax Lake

Pierce

Tule Lake

Pierce

Barney Lake

Skagit

Beaver Lake

Skagit

Big Lake

Skagit

Careys Pond

Skagit

Clear Lake

Skagit

Grandy Lake

Skagit

Harrison Pond

Skagit

McMurray, Lake

Skagit

Minkler Lakes

Skagit

Shannon, Lake

Skagit

Ten Lake

Skagit

Ballinger Lake

Snohomish

Beaver Lake

Snohomish

Beecher, Lake

Snohomish

Bosworth Lake

Snohomish

Chain Lake

Snohomish

Chitwood Lake

Snohomish

Crystal Lake

Snohomish

Flowing Lake

Snohomish

Fortson Mill Pond - 1

Snohomish

Fortson Mill Pond - 2

Snohomish

Kroeze Lake

Snohomish

Little Menzel Lake

Snohomish

Mud Lake

Snohomish

Panther Lake

Snohomish

Ruggs Lake

Snohomish

Stevens, Lake

Snohomish

Stitch Lake

Snohomish

Storm Lake

Snohomish

Woodland Farm Reservoir

Snohomish

Lois Lake

Thurston

Scott Lake

Thurston

Baker Lake

Whatcom

Blaine Reservoir

Whatcom

Cain Lake

Whatcom

Keefe Lake

Whatcom

Kendall Lake

Whatcom

Samish, Lake

Whatcom

Sunset Pond

Whatcom

Coastal area lakes

Lake Name

County Name

Dickey Lake

Clallam

Elk Lake

Clallam

Ozette Lake

Clallam

Pleasant, Lake

Clallam

Thunder Lake

Clallam

Wentworth Lake

Clallam

Aberdeen, Lake

Grays Harbor

Damon Lake

Grays Harbor

Loomis Ponds

Grays Harbor

Quinault Lake

Grays Harbor

Wynoochee Lake

Grays Harbor

Soules Pond

Pacific

Wirkkala Pond 1

Pacific

Skookumchuck Reservoir

Thurston

Southwest area lakes

Lake Name

County Name

Merwin, Lake

Clark

Steigerwald Lake

Clark

Vancouver Lake

Clark

Yale Reservoir

Clark

Silver Lake

Cowlitz

Davis Lake

Lewis

Mayfield Lake

Lewis

Scanewa Lake

Lewis

Riffe Lake

Lewis

Bass Lake

Skamania

Grant Lake

Skamania

Swift Reservoir

Skamania

Eastern Washington area lakes

Lake Name

County Name

Wenatchee Lake

Chelan

Beaver Lake

Columbia

Big Four Lake

Columbia

Rainbow Lake

Columbia

Watson Lake

Columbia

Cle Elum Lake

Kittitas

Hyas Lake

Kittitas

Stampede Pass Exit Cove

Kittitas

Osoyoos Lake

Okanogan

Smiths Harbor

Walla Walla

Billy's Acclimation Pond

Yakima

Easton Lake

Yakima