Two-pole fishing is allowed on most lakes, ponds and reservoirs across the State. There are bodies of water that are excluded from the use of the two-pole endorsement because of conservation and fishery management goals. For most lakes, ponds and reservoirs the two pole fishing rules will not change on a yearly basis, but the list can and will change to take advantage of abundant fish numbers or to help assist with fishery management goals. To ensure that a two-pole endorsement for any water is valid, please check the Two-Pole Endorsement exclusion list.
Criteria for excluded lakes, ponds and reservoirs:
Lakes containing ESA-listed species, determined on a case-by-case basis
Lakes connected to anadromous waters during fisheries for anadromous fish, i.e., salmon
Lakes managed for natural trout production
Juvenile only lakes
Select lakes with fly fishing only, selective gear, or a reduced daily bag limit for trout regulations, determined on a case-by-case basis
In general, two-pole fishing is not allowed in saltwater, or in rivers, streams and beaver ponds. However, WDFW is always evaluating areas and times when surplus fish may be available for harvest and the two-pole option could be allowed.