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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 220-310-175 through 220-310-200.
(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.
 
No daily limit for streams listed in WAC 220-310-180 and 220-310-190, unless otherwise provided in those rules.
 
Grass carp
Unlawful to retain unless otherwise provided in WAC 220-310-180 and 220-310-190.
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
8
12-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, Dolly Varden, and bull trout: Except as provided for in this section and WAC 220-310-175 through 220-310-200, it is unlawful to retain wild steelhead, Dolly Varden, or bull trout.
(4) 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 77.04.012 and 77.12.047. WSR 16-06-073 (Order 16-30), § 220-56-510, filed 2/26/16, effective 7/1/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 15-06-065 and 15-06-006 (Order 15-033), § 220-56-510, filed 3/4/15 and 2/20/15, effective 7/1/15. 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.]
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