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WAC 220-56-510

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Game fish possession limits and size limits.

It is unlawful to retain or possess game fish taken in excess of the daily, possession, or license year possession limits, or game fish that do not conform to the size limits provided for in this section, unless otherwise provided for in WAC 232-28-619.
(1) Daily game fish possession and size limits:
Species
Daily limit
Size limits
Largemouth Bass
5
Release bass 12 to 17 inches in length. Not more than 1 largemouth bass 17 inches in length or greater may be retained.
Smallmouth Bass
10
No minimum size. Not more than one smallmouth bass over 14 inches in length or greater may be retained.
Burbot
5
No size restriction.
Channel catfish
5
No size restriction.
Eastern brook trout
Count as part of the 5 trout daily limit in lakes, ponds and reservoirs.
No size restriction.
 
Bonus limit in rivers, streams and beaver ponds. Up to 5 trout including Eastern brook trout may be retained, but not more than 2 of which may be trout other than Eastern brook trout.
No size restriction.
Grass carp
Unlawful to retain.
Not applicable.
Tiger Muskellunge
1
Minimum size 50 inches in length.
Trout (except Eastern brook trout)
5 from lakes, ponds and reservoirs.
No size restriction.
 
2 from rivers, streams, and beaver ponds.
8-inch minimum size.
 
The daily trout limit is 5 trout, regardless of origin, of which not more than 2 may be steelhead.
 
Walleye
5
16-inch minimum size. Not more than 1 walleye greater than 22 inches in length may be retained.
Whitefish
15
No size restriction.
All other game fish
No limit.
No size restriction.
(2) Possession limit: The game fish possession limit in the field is two daily limits in fresh, frozen or processed form.
(3) Wild steelhead and Dolly Varden/bull trout: Except as provided for in this section and WAC 232-28-619, it is unlawful to retain wild steelhead or Dolly Varden.
(4) Wild steelhead license year limit: From waters in which wild steelhead may be taken as provided for in WAC 232-28-619, the license year limit is one wild steelhead.
(5) Saltwater game fish retention: Game fish taken in saltwater may not be retained, except that up to two hatchery steelhead per day may be retained.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. WSR 08-07-003, § 220-56-510, filed 3/5/08, effective 4/5/08; WSR 06-13-023 (Order 06-135), § 220-56-510, filed 6/13/06, effective 7/14/06.]