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Chapter 220-300 WAC

Last Update: 1/30/20

FISHDEFINITIONS AND CLASSIFICATIONS

WAC Sections

HTMLPDF220-300-010Definition—Adult salmon.
HTMLPDF220-300-020Definitions—Anadromous waters.
HTMLPDF220-300-030Definitions—Bait purposes.
HTMLPDF220-300-040Definitions—Bottomfish.
HTMLPDF220-300-050Definitions—Bottomfish pot.
HTMLPDF220-300-060Definitions—Fishing gear.
HTMLPDF220-300-070Definitions—Shellfish dive gear.
HTMLPDF220-300-080Definitions—Hand held tool.
HTMLPDF220-300-090Definitions—Commercial purposes.
HTMLPDF220-300-100Definitions—Explosive substance.
HTMLPDF220-300-110Definitions—Fish length measurement.
HTMLPDF220-300-120Definitions—Fishing hours.
HTMLPDF220-300-130Definition—Forage fish.
HTMLPDF220-300-140Definitions—Jack salmon.
HTMLPDF220-300-150Geographical definitions—Mile measurement.
HTMLPDF220-300-160Definitions—Personal-use fishing.
HTMLPDF220-300-170Definitions—Personal use.
HTMLPDF220-300-180Definition—SMCRA.
HTMLPDF220-300-190Definitions—Spawn on kelp.
HTMLPDF220-300-200Definitions—Spawning salmon.
HTMLPDF220-300-210Definitions—Wild fish.
HTMLPDF220-300-220Geographical definitions—River mouth definitions.
HTMLPDF220-300-230Geographical definitions—Coastal waters.
HTMLPDF220-300-240Geographical definitions—Grays Harbor.
HTMLPDF220-300-250Geographical definitions—Willapa Bay.
HTMLPDF220-300-260Geographical definitions—Columbia River.
HTMLPDF220-300-270Geographical definition—Lower Columbia River.
HTMLPDF220-300-280Geographical definitions—Puget Sound.
HTMLPDF220-300-290Geographical definitions—Puget Sound tributaries.
HTMLPDF220-300-320Geographical definition—Westport Boat Basin.
HTMLPDF220-300-330Geographical definition—English Camp Tidelands.
HTMLPDF220-300-340Geographical definition—Buoy 13 line.
HTMLPDF220-300-350Geographical definition—Light 26 Line.
HTMLPDF220-300-360Geographical definition—Bonilla-Tatoosh Line.
HTMLPDF220-300-370Food fish—Classification.
HTMLPDF220-300-380Game fish—Classification.
DISPOSITION OF SECTIONS FORMERLY CODIFIED IN THIS TITLE
220-300-300Geographical definitions—District 1. [Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-300, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 817, § 220-16-200, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-020 (part).] Repealed by WSR 20-04-058 (Order 20-19), filed 1/30/20, effective 7/1/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, and 77.04.055.
220-300-310Geographical definitions—District 2. [Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-310, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 817, § 220-16-205, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-020 (part).] Repealed by WSR 20-04-058 (Order 20-19), filed 1/30/20, effective 7/1/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, and 77.04.055.


PDF220-300-010

Definition—Adult salmon.

"Adult salmon" is defined as a chinook salmon greater than 24 inches in length, a coho salmon greater than 20 inches in length, or a chum, pink or sockeye salmon greater than 12 inches in length.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-010, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. WSR 98-15-081 (Order 98-122), § 220-16-002, filed 7/15/98, effective 8/15/98.]



PDF220-300-020

DefinitionsAnadromous waters.

"Anadromous waters" is defined as all waters that are not landlocked.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-020, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040 and 75.08.080. WSR 98-06-031, § 220-16-610, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98.]



PDF220-300-030

DefinitionsBait purposes.

The taking or possession of food fish for bait is defined as capturing food fish which will be used to entice or lure other fish or shellfish to a hook, lure, trap or other fishing gear for the purpose of capture for sport or commercial use and shall not include food fish or shellfish taken for feeding to zoo or domestic animals.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-030, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 1105, § 220-16-360, filed 12/28/73.]



PDF220-300-040

DefinitionsBottomfish.

The term "bottomfish," unless otherwise provided, is defined as including Pacific cod, Pacific tomcod, Pacific hake, walleye pollock, lingcod, ratfish, sablefish, cabezon, buffalo sculpin, great sculpin, red Irish lord, brown Irish lord, Pacific staghorn sculpin, wolf-eel, giant wry mouth, plainfin midshipman, North Pacific spiny dogfish, sixgill shark, tope shark, and all species of skate, dab, sole, flounder (except Pacific halibut), greenling, shark, rockfish, rattail, and surfperch (except shiner perch).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, and 77.04.055. WSR 20-04-058 (Order 20-19), § 220-300-040, filed 1/30/20, effective 7/1/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-040, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 85-09-017 (Order 85-20), § 220-16-340, filed 4/9/85; WSR 83-24-024 (Order 83-200), § 220-16-340, filed 11/30/83, effective 1/1/84; WSR 82-07-047 (Order 82-19), § 220-16-340, filed 3/18/82; WSR 79-05-007 (Order 79-20), § 220-16-340, filed 4/11/79; Order 77-147, § 220-16-340, filed 12/16/77; Order 817, § 220-16-340, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-030 (part).]



PDF220-300-050

Definitions—Bottomfish pot.

"Bottomfish pot" shall be defined as a portable, enclosed device with one or more gates or entrances and one or more lines attached to surface floats. Bottomfish pots must have biodegradable escape panels constructed with #21 or smaller untreated cotton twine in such a manner that an opening at least eight inches in diameter results when the twine deteriorates.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-050, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 82-14-056 (Order 82-72), § 220-16-145, filed 7/1/82; Order 866, § 220-16-145, filed 6/12/70.]



PDF220-300-060

Definitions—Fishing gear.

It shall be unlawful to operate in any area of the state of Washington or any area over which the state of Washington has concurrent jurisdiction any of the types of fishing gear defined hereinafter in this section for any purpose or by any means whatsoever except at the times, places and in the manners and for the species, quantities, sizes and sexes of food fish and shellfish or fish for food fish and shellfish with any type of fishing appliance not defined hereinafter in this section.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-060, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 810, § 220-16-010, filed 4/17/69; subsections 2, 7 rescinded by Order 758, § 1, filed 10/16/67; subsection 14 amended by Order 758, § 2, filed 10/16/67; subsections 1-28 amended by Order 726, filed 4/24/67; subsections 1-4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 15-21, 23-25 from Order 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 15 amended by Order 677, filed 3/31/66; subsection 25 amended by Order 672, filed 12/28/65; subsections 5 and 9 from Order 569, filed 4/11/63; Orders 313 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 9 amended by Order 635, filed 3/31/65; subsection 8 from Orders 406 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 11 from Order 525, filed 5/3/61; Order 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 13 from Orders 285 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 14 from Order 591, filed 10/28/63; Orders 480 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 22 from Order 543, filed 3/20/62; Order 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 26 from Orders 480 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsections 27, 28 from Order 525, filed 5/3/61.]



PDF220-300-070

Definitions—Shellfish dive gear.

"Shellfish dive gear" is defined as compressed gas delivery equipment required for breathing underwater and attire required to provide thermal protection during underwater shellfish dive harvest operations.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-070, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.055, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. WSR 14-02-016 (Order 13-305), § 220-16-101, filed 12/19/13, effective 1/19/14.]



PDF220-300-080

Definitions—Hand held tool.

"Hand held tool" is defined as tools that are held by hand and are not powered by internal combustion, hydraulics, pneumatics, or electricity.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-080, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.055, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. WSR 14-02-016 (Order 13-305), § 220-16-102, filed 12/19/13, effective 1/19/14.]



PDF220-300-090

DefinitionsCommercial purposes.

The taking, fishing for, possession, processing, or otherwise dealing in or disposing of food fish and shellfish for commercial purposes is defined as the taking or fishing for food fish with any gear unlawful for fishing for personal use, or taking or possessing food fish and shellfish in excess of the limits permitted for personal use, or taking, fishing for, handling, processing, or otherwise disposing of or dealing in food fish with the intent of disposing of such food fish, shellfish or parts thereof for profit or by sale, barter, trade or in commercial channels.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-090, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 817, § 220-16-305, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-030 (part).]



PDF220-300-100

DefinitionsExplosive substance.

The term "explosive substance" includes, but is not limited to, any gaseous discharge that generates pressure waves capable of harming food fish or shellfish.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-100, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 90-03-068 (Order 90-05), § 220-16-420, filed 1/19/90, effective 2/19/90.]



PDF220-300-110

DefinitionsFish length measurement.

The length of a fish, unless otherwise provided, is defined as the shortest distance between the extreme tip of the tail and extreme tip of the snout or jaw, whichever extends the farthest, measured while the fish is lying in a prone and normal position, except:
The term "fork length" means the distance from the extreme tip of the snout to the center of the fork of the tail.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-110, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. WSR 08-07-003, § 220-16-320, filed 3/5/08, effective 4/5/08; Order 817, § 220-16-320, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-030 (part).]



PDF220-300-120

DefinitionsFishing hours.

(1) It is permissible to fish for food fish, game fish, and unclassified fish twenty-four hours per day during any open period for the species, except as otherwise provided. Unless otherwise provided, fishing seasons open at 12:01 a.m. on the first day and end at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of any season.
(2) It is unlawful to fish for the following species during the following times and within the following areas:
(a) It is unlawful to fish for any species during night closures as provided in department rule.
(b) It is unlawful to fish for sturgeon in freshwater, except the Chehalis River, during the night closure provided in WAC 220-316-010 (6)(k).
(c) It is unlawful to fish for smelt in Puget Sound from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. unless the person fishes for smelt using forage fish jig gear.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-120, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. WSR 14-15-006 (Order 14-157), § 220-56-107, filed 7/2/14, effective 8/2/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. WSR 06-13-023 (Order 06-135), § 220-56-107, filed 6/13/06, effective 7/14/06.]



PDF220-300-130

DefinitionForage fish.

"Forage fish" is defined as anchovy, herring, sand lance, sardine, and all species of smelt.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, and 77.04.055. WSR 20-04-058 (Order 20-19), § 220-300-130, filed 1/30/20, effective 7/1/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-130, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040 and 75.08.080. WSR 98-06-031, § 220-16-475, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98.]



PDF220-300-140

DefinitionsJack salmon.

A jack salmon is defined as any salmon which has matured and begun its spawning migration one or more years before the normal term of maturity of other members of its species, and which has visibly developed eggs or milt.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-140, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 817, § 220-16-350, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-030 (part).]



PDF220-300-150

Geographical definitions—Mile measurement.

Any reference to the term "mile" shall mean a nautical mile.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-150, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 817, § 220-16-250, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-020 (part).]



PDF220-300-160

DefinitionsPersonal-use fishing.

The following definitions apply to personal-use fishing rules in Title 220 WAC:
(1) "Anadromous game fish" means steelhead, sea-run cutthroat trout, and sea-run Dolly Varden and bull trout.
(2) "Anti-snagging rule" means:
(a) Except when fishing with a buoyant lure (with no weights added to the lure or line) or trolling from a vessel or floating device, terminal fishing gear is limited to a lure or bait with one single point hook.
(b) Only single point hooks measuring not more then 3/4 inch from point to shank may be used and all hooks must be attached to or below the lure or bait.
(c) Weights may not be attached below or less than 12 inches above the lure or bait.
(3) "Bait" means any substance which attracts fish by scent or flavors. Bait includes any lure which uses scent or flavoring to attract fish.
(4) "Barbless hook" means a hook on which all barbs have been deleted when manufactured or filed off or pinched down.
(5) "Bass" means largemouth and smallmouth bass.
(6) "Bow and arrow fishing" means any method of taking, or attempting to take, fish by the use of an arrow equipped with a barbed head and a line attached, and propelled by a bow, as in the sport of archery, while the fisher is above the surface of the water.
(7) "Buoy 10 line" means a true north-south line projected through Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River. "Buoy 10 fishery" means a fishery between a line in the Columbia River from Tongue Point in Oregon to Rocky Point in Washington and the Buoy 10 line.
(8) "Buoyant lure" means a lure that floats on the surface of freshwater when no additional weight is applied to the line or lure, and when not being retrieved by a line.
(9) "Channel Marker 13 line" means a true north-south line through Grays Harbor Channel Marker 13.
(10) "Daily limit" means the maximum number or pounds of fish, shellfish, or seaweed of the required size of a given species or aggregate of species which a person may retain in a single day.
(11) "Fresh" means fish or shellfish that are refrigerated, iced, salted, or surface glazed.
(12) "Freshwater area" means:
(a) Within any freshwater river, lake, stream or pond.
(b) On the bank or within 10 yards of any freshwater river, lake, stream or pond.
(c) On or within any boat launch, ramp, or parking facility associated with any freshwater river, lake, stream or pond.
(13) "Frozen" means fish or shellfish that are hard frozen throughout.
(14) "Gaffing" means an effort to take fish by impaling the fish with a hook attached directly to a pole or other device.
(15) "Hatchery" when used to describe the difference between a hatchery fish and a nonhatchery fish, except salmon, means a fish having a clipped adipose fin or a clipped ventral fin with a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin. A hatchery salmon is a salmon having a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin, regardless of whether the fish is missing a ventral fin.
(16) "Hook" means one single point, double or treble hook. A "single point hook" means a hook having only one point. A "double hook" means a hook having two points on a common shank. A "treble hook" means a hook having three points on a common shank.
(17) "Hook and line" or "angling" are identical in meaning and, except as provided in WAC 220-310-110, are defined as the use of not more than one line with three hooks attached to a pole held in hand while landing fish, or the use of a hand operated line without rod or reel, to which may be attached not more than three hooks. When fishing for bottom fish, "angling" and "jigging" are identical in meaning.
(18) "In the field or in transit" means at any place other than at the ordinary residence of the harvester. An ordinary residence is a residential dwelling where a person normally lives, with associated features such as address, telephone number, utility account, etc. A motor home or camper parked at a campsite or a vessel are not considered to be an ordinary residence.
(19) "Juvenile" means a person under fifteen year of age.
(20) "Lure" means a manufactured article constructed of feathers, hair, fiber, wood, metal, glass, cork, leather, rubber or plastic which does not use scent or flavoring to attract fish. "Nonbuoyant lure" means a lure complete with hooks, swivels or other attachments, which does not float in freshwater.
(21) "Night closure" means closed to fishing from one hour after official sunset to one hour before official sunrise.
(22) "Opening day of lowland lake season" means the fourth Saturday in April.
(23) "Possession limit" means the number of daily limits allowed to be retained in the field or in transit.
(24) "Processed" means fish or shellfish which have been processed by heat for human consumption as kippered, smoked, boiled, or canned.
(25) "Steelhead license year limit" means the maximum number of steelhead trout any one angler may retain from April 1st through the following March 31st.
(26) "Selective gear rules" means terminal fishing gear is limited to artificial flies with barbless single hooks or lures with barbless single hooks and bait is prohibited. Up to three hooks may be used. Only knotless nets may be used to land fish. In waters under selective gear rules, fish may be released until the daily limit is retained.
(27) "Slough" means any swamp, marsh, bog, pond, side-channel, or backwater connected to a river by water. Waters called sloughs that are not connected to a river are considered lakes.
(28) "Snagging" means an effort to take fish with a hook and line in a manner that the fish does not take the hook or hooks voluntarily in its mouth.
(29) "Spearing" or "spear fishing" means an effort to take fish or shellfish by impaling the fish or shellfish on a shaft, arrow or other device.
(30) "Stationary gear restriction" means the line and weight and lure or bait must be moving while in the water. The line and weight and lure or bait may not be stationary.
(31) "Steelhead" means sea-run rainbow trout over twenty inches in length.
(32) "Trolling" means a method of fishing from a vessel or floating device that is underway and under power.
(33) "Unmarked salmon" means a salmon with intact adipose and ventral fins.
(34) "Trout" means brown trout, bull trout, cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden, Eastern brook trout, golden trout, grayling, lake trout, rainbow trout (except steelhead), tiger trout, and, in WAC 220-312-010 through 220-312-060, salmon from waters designated as "landlocked salmon rules apply."
(35) "Whitefish gear rules" means terminal fishing gear is restricted to one single hook, maximum hook size three-sixteenths inch point to shank (hook size 14), and bait is allowed. All species: Release all fish except whitefish.
(36) "Wild" when used to describe the difference between a hatchery fish and a nonhatchery fish, except salmon, means a fish with all fins intact.
(37) "Wild" when used to describe a salmon (Chinook, coho, chum, pink or sockeye), means a salmon with an unclipped adipose fin, regardless of whether the fish is ventral fin-clipped. A salmon with a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the site of the clipped fin is not a wild salmon.
(38) "Wild cutthroat release" means it is unlawful to retain any cutthroat trout that does not have a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.
(39) "Wild steelhead release" means it is unlawful to retain any steelhead that does not have a clipped adipose or ventral fin and a healed scar at the location of the clipped fin.
(40) "Shoreline fishing" or "shore fishing" means fishing from shore or a structure affixed to the shore or by wading in the water.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.020, and 77.12.047. WSR 18-06-045 (Order 18-30), § 220-300-160, filed 3/1/18, effective 4/1/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-16-109 (Order 17-147), § 220-300-160, filed 7/28/17, effective 8/28/17; WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-160, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.055, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. WSR 15-11-042 (Order 15-126), § 220-56-100, filed 5/14/15, effective 6/14/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012 and 77.12.047. WSR 12-05-082 (Order 12-17), § 220-56-100, filed 2/16/12, effective 3/18/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. WSR 10-07-105 (Order 10-64), § 220-56-100, filed 3/19/10, effective 5/1/10; WSR 09-06-042 (Order 09-27), § 220-56-100, filed 2/25/09, effective 5/1/09; WSR 08-07-003, § 220-56-100, filed 3/5/08, effective 4/5/08; WSR 06-13-023 (Order 06-135), § 220-56-100, filed 6/13/06, effective 7/14/06; WSR 06-05-085 (Order 06-23), § 220-56-100, filed 2/14/06, effective 5/1/06; WSR 05-17-007 (Order 05-168), § 220-56-100, filed 8/3/05, effective 9/3/05; WSR 04-24-030 (Order 04-306), § 220-56-100, filed 11/23/04, effective 12/24/04; WSR 04-07-009 (Order 04-39), § 220-56-100, filed 3/4/04, effective 5/1/04; WSR 03-18-007 (Order 03-211), § 220-56-100, filed 8/20/03, effective 9/20/03; WSR 02-08-048 (Order 02-53), § 220-56-100, filed 3/29/02, effective 5/1/02. Statutory Authority: 2000 c 107 § 7. WSR 00-16-091 (Order 00-134), § 220-56-100, filed 7/31/00, effective 8/31/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. WSR 99-08-029 (Order 99-13), § 220-56-100, filed 3/30/99, effective 5/1/99; WSR 98-06-031, § 220-56-100, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 97-07-078 (Order 97-53), § 220-56-100, filed 3/19/97, effective 5/1/97; WSR 96-11-078 (Order 96-44), § 220-56-100, filed 5/13/96, effective 6/13/96; WSR 95-04-066 (Order 95-10), § 220-56-100, filed 1/30/95, effective 5/1/95; WSR 94-14-069, § 220-56-100, filed 7/1/94, effective 8/1/94; WSR 91-08-054 (Order 91-13), § 220-56-100, filed 4/2/91, effective 5/3/91; WSR 86-09-020 (Order 86-08), § 220-56-100, filed 4/9/86; WSR 85-09-017 (Order 85-20), § 220-56-100, filed 4/9/85; WSR 82-13-040 (Order 82-61), § 220-56-100, filed 6/9/82; WSR 80-03-064 (Order 80-12), § 220-56-100, filed 2/27/80, effective 4/1/80.]



PDF220-300-170

DefinitionsPersonal use.

The taking or possession of food fish or shellfish for personal use is defined as the taking or fishing for food fish and shellfish or parts thereof by angling or by such other means, with such gear and for such limits as the director may authorize for personal use, or possessing the same for the use of the person fishing for, taking or possessing the same, and not for sale or barter.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-170, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 817, § 220-16-300, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-030 (part).]



PDF220-300-180

Definition—SMCRA.

"SMCRA" means Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Area.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-180, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 88-18-066 (Order 88-86), § 220-16-405, filed 9/2/88.]



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DefinitionsSpawn on kelp.

"Spawn on kelp" is defined as herring eggs which have been deposited on any type of aquatic vegetation. It is unlawful to take spawn on kelp for commercial purposes unless a person has a spawn on kelp permit issued by the director.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-190, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 75.28.245. WSR 90-07-003 (Order 90-17), § 220-16-430, filed 3/8/90, effective 4/8/90.]



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DefinitionsSpawning salmon.

The term "spawning male salmon" is one from which the milt flows freely. The term "spawning female salmon" is one from which the eggs flow freely or has matured to the point that the eggs may be extruded by pressure applied to the abdomen of the salmon.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-200, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 866, § 220-16-335, filed 6/12/70; Order 817, § 220-16-335, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-030 (part).]



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DefinitionsWild fish.

"Wild" when used to describe the difference between a hatchery fish and a nonhatchery fish, except salmon, means a fish with all fins intact. A fish missing an adipose or ventral fin with a healed scar at the site is not a wild fish. When "wild" is used to describe a salmon, "wild" means a salmon with an unclipped adipose fin, regardless of whether the salmon is ventral fin clipped. A salmon with a clipped adipose fin and having a healed scar at the site of the clipped fin is not a wild salmon.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-210, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. WSR 05-17-007 (Order 05-168), § 220-16-470, filed 8/3/05, effective 9/3/05; WSR 04-16-126 (Order 04-201), § 220-16-470, filed 8/4/04, effective 9/4/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 75.12.040. WSR 97-18-035, § 220-16-470, filed 8/27/97, effective 9/27/97.]



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Geographical definitionsRiver mouth definitions.

When pertaining to angling, unless otherwise defined, any reference to the mouths of rivers or streams includes those waters of any river or stream, including sloughs and tributaries, upstream and inside of a line projected between the outermost uplands at the mouth. The term "outermost upland" means those lands not covered by water during an ordinary high tide. The following river mouths are hereby otherwise defined:
 
Abernathy Creek - Highway 4 Bridge.
 
Bear River - Highway 101 Bridge.
 
Bone River - Highway 101 Bridge.
 
California Creek - Drayton Harbor Road Bridge.
 
Chambers Creek - Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge.
 
Chehalis River - Highway 101 Bridge in Aberdeen.
 
Chelan River - Railroad Bridge.
 
Cispus River - Posted markers at the Lewis County P.U.D. kayak launch, approximately 1.5 miles upstream from the confluence of the Cowlitz and Cispus rivers.
 
Cowlitz River - A line projected across the river between two fishing boundary markers set on each bank of the river approximately one-half mile downstream from the lowermost railroad bridge crossing the Cowlitz River.
 
Dakota Creek - A line from the outermost headland of the south bank to a house at 1285 Runge Avenue, Blaine, Washington, approximately one-quarter mile downstream from the Blaine Road Bridge.
 
Deschutes River - A line projected across the river 400 feet below the lower Tumwater Falls fish ladder.
 
Drano Lake - Highway 14 Bridge.
 
Duwamish River - An east-west line extending through the southernmost tip of Harbor Island.
 
Elk River - Highway 105 Bridge.
 
Entiat River - Railroad Bridge.
 
Hawk Creek (Lincoln County) - Falls at the Hawk Creek campground.
 
Hoquiam River - Highway 101 Bridge.
 
Humptulips River - Mouth of Jessie Slough.
 
Johns River - Highway 105 Bridge.
 
Kalama River - Boundary markers at mouth.
 
Kennedy Creek - An arc 500 yards east of the midpoint of the northbound Highway 101 Bridge.
 
Kettle River - Barstow Bridge.
 
Klickitat River - Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge.
 
Lake Washington Ship Canal - A line 400 feet west of the fish ladder at the Chittenden Locks.
 
Lewis River - A straight line running from a fishing boundary marker or from the outermost upland at the north shore of the Lewis River mouth, southerly across the Lewis River to a fishing boundary marker near the south shore.
 
McLane Creek - A line 100 feet upstream of and parallel to the southernmost Highway 101 Bridge.
 
Methow River - Highway 97 Bridge.
 
Naselle River - Highway 101 Bridge.
 
North Nemah River - Highway 101 Bridge.
 
Niawiakum River - Highway 101 Bridge.
 
Nisqually River - At the upstream end of Alder Lake, the mouth of the Nisqually River is the Highway 7 Bridge at Elbe.
 
North River - Highway 105 Bridge.
 
Palix River - Highway 101 Bridge.
 
Puyallup River - 11th Street Bridge.
 
Samish River - The Samish Island Bridge (Bayview-Edison Road).
 
Sammamish River - 68th Avenue NE Bridge.
 
Skagit River - A line projected from the terminus of the jetty with McGlinn Island to the white monument on the easterly end of Ika Island, then to a white monument on the westerly end of Craft Island, then to a white monument near the corner of the levee on the westerly side of Dry Slough, and then to a white monument on the easterly side of Tom Moore Slough.
 
Skamokawa Creek - Highway 4 Bridge.
 
Skookum Creek - A line 400 yards below the old railroad bridge.
 
Snake River - Railroad bridge between Burbank and Pasco.
 
Snohomish River - Burlington Northern Railway Bridges crossing main river and sloughs.
 
South Nemah River - Lynn Point 117 degrees true to the opposite shore.
 
Spokane River - State Route 25 Bridge.
 
Tahuya River - North Shore Rd. Bridge.
 
Tucannon River - The water south of a line of sight from a sign with an orange triangle along the shoulder of Highway 261 (the northwest of the Tucannon River), southeast across to the eastern, unsubmerged shoreline of the Tucannon River. (The embayment between the eastern shoreline of the Tucannon River and the rock bluff to the east that has an affixed orange channel navigation marker, along the south shore of the Snake River, is considered part of the Snake River.)
 
Wallace River - The furthest downstream railroad bridge.
 
Washougal River - A straight line from the Crown Zellerbach pumphouse southeasterly across the Washougal River to the east end of the Highway 14 Bridge near the upper end of Lady Island.
 
Whatcom Creek - A line projected approximately 14 degrees true from the flashing light at the southwesterly end of the Port of Bellingham North Terminal to the southernmost point of the dike surrounding the Georgia Pacific treatment pond.
 
Little White Salmon River - At boundary markers on river bank downstream from the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery.
 
White Salmon River - Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge.
 
Willapa River - City of South Bend boat launch.
 
Wind River - Boundary line markers at mouth.
 
Yakima River - Highway 240 Bridge.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-16-109 (Order 17-147), § 220-300-220, filed 7/28/17, effective 8/28/17; WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-220, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; WSR 15-13-081 (Order 15-177), § 220-56-105, filed 6/12/15, effective 7/13/15. 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), § 220-56-105, filed 3/4/15 and 2/20/15, effective 7/1/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. WSR 14-16-027 (Order 14-185), § 220-56-105, filed 7/25/14, effective 8/25/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. WSR 13-17-008 (Order 13-185), § 220-56-105, filed 8/7/13, effective 9/7/13; WSR 12-18-006 (Order 12-190), § 220-56-105, filed 8/23/12, effective 9/23/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. WSR 09-06-042 (Order 09-27), § 220-56-105, filed 2/25/09, effective 5/1/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020. WSR 08-15-002 (Order 08-165), § 220-56-105, filed 7/3/08, effective 8/3/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. WSR 08-07-003, § 220-56-105, filed 3/5/08, effective 4/5/08; WSR 07-05-051 (Order 07-22), § 220-56-105, filed 2/16/07, effective 3/19/07; WSR 03-05-057 (Order 03-24), § 220-56-105, filed 2/14/03, effective 5/1/03; WSR 02-08-048 (Order 02-53), § 220-56-105, filed 3/29/02, effective 5/1/02; WSR 01-14-001 (Order 01-107), § 220-56-105, filed 6/21/01, effective 7/22/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080, 77.12.040. WSR 00-08-038 (Order 00-29), § 220-56-105, filed 3/29/00, effective 5/1/00; WSR 99-15-081 (Order 99-102), § 220-56-105, filed 7/20/99, effective 8/20/99; WSR 98-06-031, § 220-56-105, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 97-07-078 (Order 97-53), § 220-56-105, filed 3/19/97, effective 5/1/97; WSR 96-11-078 (Order 96-44), § 220-56-105, filed 5/13/96, effective 6/13/96; WSR 95-04-066 (Order 95-10), § 220-56-105, filed 1/30/95, effective 5/1/95; WSR 94-14-069, § 220-56-105, filed 7/1/94, effective 8/1/94; WSR 93-08-034 (Order 93-20), § 220-56-105, filed 3/31/93, effective 5/1/93; WSR 91-08-054 (Order 91-13), § 220-56-105, filed 4/2/91, effective 5/3/91; WSR 90-06-026, § 220-56-105, filed 2/28/90, effective 3/31/90; WSR 89-07-060 (Order 89-12), § 220-56-105, filed 3/16/89; WSR 88-10-013 (Order 88-15), § 220-56-105, filed 4/26/88; WSR 85-09-017 (Order 85-20), § 220-56-105, filed 4/9/85; WSR 84-09-026 (Order 84-22), § 220-56-105, filed 4/11/84; WSR 82-13-040 (Order 82-61), § 220-56-105, filed 6/9/82; WSR 81-05-027 (Order 81-13), § 220-56-105, filed 2/17/81, effective 4/1/81; WSR 80-03-064 (Order 80-12), § 220-56-105, filed 2/27/80, effective 4/1/80.]



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Geographical definitionsCoastal waters.

The term "coastal waters" shall be construed to include those waters of the Pacific Ocean lying within the jurisdiction of the state of Washington, unless otherwise provided, and all streams tributary thereto, exclusive of the Grays Harbor, Willapa Harbor and Columbia River districts.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-230, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 83-24-024 (Order 83-200), § 220-16-240, filed 11/30/83, effective 1/1/84; Order 817, § 220-16-240, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-020 (part).]



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Geographical definitionsGrays Harbor.

The term "Grays Harbor" shall be construed to include all the waters of Grays Harbor outside the mouth of any tributary river or stream inside and easterly of a line projected from the outermost end of the north jetty to the outermost end of the south jetty.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-240, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 817, § 220-16-215, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-020 (part).]



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Geographical definitionsWillapa Bay.

The term "Willapa Bay" shall be construed to include all the waters of Willapa Bay outside the mouth of any tributary river or stream inside and easterly of a line from Leadbetter Point (46°39'12"N, 124°3'31"W) due west to 46°39'12"N, 124°5'20"W then due north to the westerly most landfall on Cape Shoalwater at 46°44'40"N, 124°5'20"W.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-250, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; WSR 16-14-045 (Order 16-160), § 220-16-220, filed 6/28/16, effective 7/29/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 91-08-054 (Order 91-13), § 220-16-220, filed 4/2/91, effective 5/3/91; Order 817, § 220-16-220, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-020 (part).]



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Geographical definitionsColumbia River.

The term "Columbia River" shall be construed to include all the waters of the Columbia River, including sloughs tributary thereto, upstream and easterly of a line projected true north-south through Buoy 10 located between the north and south jetties at the mouth of the Columbia River.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-260, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. WSR 99-08-029 (Order 99-13), § 220-16-225, filed 3/30/99, effective 5/1/99; Order 817, § 220-16-225, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-020 (part).]



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Geographical definitionLower Columbia River.

"Lower Columbia River" is defined as Columbia River Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, and 1E as defined in WAC 220-301-010 and tributaries to these areas.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-270, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 88-18-066 (Order 88-86), § 220-16-400, filed 9/2/88.]



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Geographical definitionsPuget Sound.

The term "Puget Sound" shall be construed to include all the waters of Puget Sound outside the mouth of any river or stream including the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Georgia Strait, and all bays and inlets thereof.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-280, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17; Order 817, § 220-16-210, filed 5/29/69. Formerly WAC 220-16-020 (part).]



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Geographical definitionsPuget Sound tributaries.

The term "Puget Sound tributaries" includes the waters of all fresh water rivers and streams tributary to Puget Sound as defined in WAC 220-300-280 and all tributaries flowing into said rivers and streams.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-290, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 34.05.353 (1)(b), (c), and (d), 77.12.047, 77.50.050, and chapters 77.65 and 77.70 RCW. WSR 12-09-046 (Order 12-61), § 220-16-211, filed 4/13/12, effective 5/14/12; Order 920, § 220-16-211, filed 5/13/71.]



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Geographical definitionWestport Boat Basin.

"Westport Boat Basin" shall include those waters of Grays Harbor inside the breakwater surrounding the boat basin and inside of lines drawn between lighted day markers 10 and 11 and between lighted day markers 1 and 2 which mark the two entrances to the boat basin.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-320, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 84-09-026 (Order 84-22), § 220-16-375, filed 4/11/84.]



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Geographical definitionEnglish Camp Tidelands.

"English Camp Tidelands" includes those waters of Wescott Bay lying inside the boundaries of San Juan Island National Historical Park (English Camp).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-330, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 84-09-026 (Order 84-22), § 220-16-380, filed 4/11/84.]



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Geographical definitionBuoy 13 line.

The term "Buoy 13 line" is defined as a line drawn true north-south through Grays Harbor Channel Marker Number 13 near the mouth of Grays Harbor.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-340, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 87-09-066 (Order 87-16), § 220-16-395, filed 4/21/87.]



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Geographical definitionLight 26 Line.

The "Light 26 Line" is defined as a line in the Columbia River from the landward end of the Chinook Jetty following the jetty to Chinook Jetty Light No. 7, then southerly in a straight line to Desdemona Sands Light, then southeasterly in a straight line through Light 26 to the Oregon shore.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-350, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 90-06-026, § 220-16-450, filed 2/28/90, effective 3/31/90.]



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Geographical definitionBonilla-Tatoosh Line.

The "Bonilla-Tatoosh Line" is defined as a line projected from the most westerly point on Cape Flattery (48°22.863' N. lat., 124°43.907' W. long.) to the lighthouse on Tatoosh Island, WA (48°23.493' N. lat., 124°44.207' W. long.) then to the light on Bonilla Point on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (48°35.73' N. lat., 124°43.00' W. long.).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-360, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, 77.12.047, and C.F.R. Title 50, Part 660. WSR 11-15-001 (Order 11-140), § 220-16-490, filed 7/6/11, effective 8/6/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 98-15-031 (Order 98-120), § 220-16-490, filed 7/7/98, effective 8/7/98.]



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Food fishClassification.

The following species are classified as food fish under RCW 77.12.047 and are subject to the provisions of this title:
Barracuda
Pacific barracuda
 
Sphyraena argentea
Cyprinids
Carp
 
Cyprinus carpio
Codfishes
Pacific hake or whiting
 
Merluccius productus
Walleye pollock
 
Gadus chalcogrammus
Pacific Tomcod
 
Microgadus proximus
Pacific Cod or true cod
 
Gadus macrocephalus
Flatfishes
Butter sole or Bellingham sole
 
Isopsetta isolepis
C-O sole
 
Pleuronichthys coenosus
Dover sole
 
Microstomus pacificus
English sole
 
Parophrys vetulus
Flathead sole
 
Hippoglossoides elassodon
Pacific halibut
 
Hippoglossus stenolepis
Petrale sole
 
Eopsetta jordani
Rex sole
 
Glyptocephalus zachirus
Northern rock sole
 
Lepidopsetta polyxystra
Southern rock sole
 
Lepidopsetta bilineata
Pacific sand dab
 
Citharichthys sordidus
Sand sole
 
Psettichthys melanostictus
Slender sole
 
Lyopsetta exilis
Speckled sand dab
 
Citharichthys stigmaeus
Starry flounder
 
Platichthys stellatus
Turbot or Arrowtooth flounder
 
Atheresthes stomias
All other species of sole and flounder
 
(Pleuronectiformes)
Greenling
Lingcod
 
Ophiodon elongatus
Rock greenling
 
Hexagrammos superciliosus
Kelp greenling
 
Hexagrammos decagrammus
All other species of greenling
 
(Hexagrammidae)
Herring and other forage fishes
Northern anchovy
 
Engraulis mordax
Pacific sand lance
 
Ammodytes personatus
Pacific herring
 
Clupea pallasii
Pacific sardine or pilchard
 
Sardinops sagax
American shad
 
Alosa sapidissima
Mackerels, tunas, and jacks
Pacific bonito
 
Sarda chiliensis
Pacific mackerel
 
Scomber japonicus
Jack mackerel
 
Trachurus symmetricus
Monterey Spanish mackerel
 
Scomberomorus concolor
Spanish mackerel
 
Scomberomorus maculatus
Yellowtail
 
Seriola dorsalis
Albacore
 
Thunnus alalunga
Bluefin tuna
 
Thunnus thynnus
Skipjack tuna
 
Euthynnus pelamis
Yellowfin tuna
 
Thunnus albacares
All other species of tunas and mackerels
 
(Scombridae)
Rockfish
Bocaccio
 
Sebastes paucispinis
Black rockfish
 
Sebastes melanops
Brown rockfish
 
Sebastes auriculatus
Copper rockfish
 
Sebastes caurinus
Greenstriped rockfish
 
Sebastes elongatus
Canary rockfish
 
Sebastes pinniger
Pacific Ocean perch
 
Sebastes alutus
Yelloweye rockfish
 
Sebastes ruberrimus
Splitnose rockfish
 
Sebastes diploproa
Silvergray rockfish
 
Sebastes brevispinis
Quillback rockfish
 
Sebastes maliger
Yellowtail rockfish
 
Sebastes flavidus
All other species of rockfish
 
(Scorpaenidae)
Salmon
Chinook or King salmon (except in its landlocked form as defined in WAC 232-12-018)
 
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Chum or dog salmon
 
Oncorhynchus keta
Pink or humpback
 
Oncorhynchus gorbuscha
Coho or silver (except in its landlocked form as defined in WAC 232-12-018)
 
Oncorhynchus kisutch
Sockeye or blue back
 
Oncorhynchus nerka
Masu
 
Oncorhynchus masu
Atlantic salmon (except in its landlocked form)
 
Salmo salar
Sculpins
Brown Irish lord
 
Hemilepidotus spinosus
Buffalo sculpin
 
Enophrys bison
Cabezon
 
Scorpaenichthys marmoratus
Great sculpin
 
Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus
Pacific Staghorn sculpin
 
Leptocottus armatus
Red Irish lord
 
Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus
Seabass and drums
White seabass
 
Cynoscion nobilis
All other seabass and drums
 
(Sciaenidae and Serranidae)
Sharks
Sixgill shark
 
Hexanchus griseus
Tope shark
 
Galeorhinus galeus
North Pacific spiny dogfish
 
Squalus suckleyi
All other species of sharks
 
(Selachimorpha)
Skates
Longnose skate
 
Raja rhina
Big skate
 
Beringraja Binoculata
All other species of skate
 
(Rajiformes)
Smelts
Eulachon or Columbia River smelt
 
Thaleichthys pacificus
Longfin smelt
 
Spirinchus thaleichthys
Surf smelt
 
Hypomesus pretiosus
All other species of smelt
 
(Osmeridae)
Sturgeons
Green sturgeon
 
Acipenser medirostris
White sturgeon
 
Acipenser transmontanus
Surfperches
Blue perch or striped seaperch
 
Embiotoca lateralis
Kelp perch
 
Brachyistius frenatus
Redtail surfperch
 
Amphistichus rhodoterus
Shiner perch
 
Cymatogaster aggregata
Pile perch
 
Rhacochilus vacca
Walleye surfperch
 
Hyperprosopon argenteum
White seaperch
 
Phanerodon furcatus
All other species of perch
 
(Embiotocidae)
Hagfishes
Pacific hagfish
 
Eptatretus stouti
Black hagfish
 
Eptatretus deani
Other
Opah
 
Lampris guttatus
Swordfish
 
Xiphias gladius
Striped marlin
 
Kajikia audax
Dolphinfish
 
Coryphaena hippurus
Giant wrymouth
 
Delolepsis gigantea
Pacific pomfret
 
Brama japonica
Pacific pompano
 
Peprilus simillimus
Plainfin midshipman
 
Parichthys notatus
Ratfish
 
Hydrolagus colliei
Rattails, all species
 
(Coryphaenoididae)
Sablefish
 
Anoplopoma fimbria
Wolf-eel
 
Anarrhichthys ocellatus
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, and 77.04.055. WSR 20-04-058 (Order 20-19), § 220-300-370, filed 1/30/20, effective 7/1/20. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-300-370, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.020, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-01-085 (Order 16-322), § 220-12-010, filed 12/16/16, effective 1/16/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 34.05.353 (1)(b), (c), and (d), 77.12.047, 77.50.050, and chapters 77.65 and 77.70 RCW. WSR 12-09-046 (Order 12-61), § 220-12-010, filed 4/13/12, effective 5/14/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040 and 75.08.080. WSR 98-06-031, § 220-12-010, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. WSR 95-17-062 (Order 95-102), § 220-12-010, filed 8/15/95, effective 9/15/95; WSR 89-14-010 (Order 89-48), § 220-12-010, filed 6/22/89; WSR 83-24-024 (Order 83-200), § 220-12-010, filed 11/30/83, effective 1/1/84; WSR 82-07-047 (Order 82-19), § 220-12-010, filed 3/18/82; Order 1057, § 220-12-010, filed 5/22/73; Order 807, § 220-12-010, filed 1/2/69, effective 2/1/69; Order 677, Food fish classification, filed 3/31/66; Order 256, Food fish classification, filed 3/1/60.]



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Game fishClassification.

As provided in RCW 77.12.020 and in addition to those species identified in RCW 77.08.020 the following species of the class Osteichthyes are classified as game fish:
Scientific Name
Common Name
Salvelinus confluentus
Bull Trout
Catostomus columbianus
Bridgelip Sucker
Catostomus macrocheilus
Largescale Sucker
Catostomus catostomus
Longnose Sucker
Catostomus platyrhynchus
Mountain Sucker
Ctenopharyngodon idella
Grass Carp
Hybrids involving
genus Esox
Tiger Muskellunge
Meilocheilus caurinus
Peamouth Chub
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
Chinook salmon
Oncorhynchus kisutch
Coho salmon
Pylodictus olivaris
Flathead Catfish
Ptychocheilus oregonensis
Northern Pikeminnow
Salmo trutta
and Salvelinus
fontinalis hybrid
Tiger Trout
Northern pikeminnow lawfully taken may be offered for sale, sold, purchased, or traded.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), amended and recodified as § 220-300-380, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012 and 77.12.047. WSR 12-05-082 (Order 12-17), § 232-12-019, filed 2/16/12, effective 3/18/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. WSR 04-07-009 (Order 04-39), § 232-12-019, filed 3/4/04, effective 5/1/04; WSR 02-08-048 (Order 02-53), § 232-12-019, filed 3/29/02, effective 5/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. WSR 95-17-063 (Order 95-103), § 232-12-019, filed 8/15/95, effective 9/15/95; WSR 93-10-012, § 232-12-019, filed 4/23/93, effective 4/30/93; WSR 93-10-011, § 232-12-019, filed 4/23/93, effective 4/30/93; WSR 92-22-014 (Order 576), § 232-12-019, filed 10/21/92, effective 11/21/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.020. WSR 90-10-068 (Order 435), § 232-12-019, filed 5/1/90, effective 6/1/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. WSR 88-23-046 (Order 320), § 232-12-019, filed 11/10/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.020 and 77.12.040. WSR 83-21-003 (Order 218), § 232-12-019, filed 10/6/83. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.040. WSR 81-12-029 (Order 165), § 232-12-019, filed 6/1/81. Formerly WAC 232-12-015.]