State Wide Fishing Rules

Tackle

Hook & line angling only.  Barbed or barbless hooks may be used, and a hook may be single, double or treble, but not more than one line with up to three hooks per angler.

Single pointed barbless hooks are required in areas designated as "fly-fishing only" or "selective fishery rules" and while fishing for sturgeon.

All fishing gear must be kept in immediate control and may not be left unattended while fishing.  Rodholders may be used.  The rod must be easily removed without delay.  The rod may be left in holder while playing the fish.   Downriggers may be used if the line releases from the downrigger while playing and landing the fish.

A gaff, club or dipnet may be used to assist landing a legal fish taken by legal gear, expect sturgeon may not be gaffed and steelhead may not be gaffed when wild steelhead release is required.

It is unlawful to chum or broadcast any substance to attract game fish, unless specifically authorized by special rules.

Where use of bait is prohibited or where lures or flies are used voluntarily, fish may be caught and released until the daily limit is retained.  If any fish has swallowed the hook or is hooked in the gill, eye or tongue, it should be kept if legal to do so.

Season

The following rules and seasons apply unless listed otherwise in the "special rules".

LAKES, PONDS, and RESERVOIRS not listed in the special rules are open to fishing for game fish (except Dolly Varden/Bull Trout/ and Grass Carp) year round.

RIVERS, STREAMS, AND BEAVER PONDS not listed in the special rules are open to fishing for game fish (except Dolly Varden/Bull Trout/ and Grass Carp) June 1-Oct. 31

WILD STEELHEAD release is in effect in all freshwater areas.

All freshwater areas not listed in the special rules are open year round to fishing for Sturgeon, Common Carp, Shad, and Smelt and closed to fishing for Salmon, Dolly Varden, Bull Trout, and Grass Carp.

 

 

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