Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 11, 2016

Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish will reopen to fishing for trout and other game fish

Action: Opens Lake Washington, the Lake Washington Ship Canal, and Lake Sammamish to fishing for trout and other game fish.

Effective dates: Sept. 1, 2016 through Oct. 31, 2016.

Species affected: Trout and other game fish.


(1) Lake Washington (King County), including that portion of Sammamish River from 68th Ave. NE Bridge downstream. Release salmon.

(2) Lake Washington Ship Canal (King County), waters east of a north-south line 400 feet west of the Chittenden (Ballard) Locks to the Montlake Bridge, including Lake Union, Portage Bay, and Salmon Bay. Release salmon.

(3) Lake Sammamish (King County): Release salmon and Kokanee.

Other information: Statewide minimum size and daily limits are in effect. All salmon must be released.

Reasons for action: These areas had been closed under a co-manager agreement to protect coho salmon. The co-managers have since agreed that recreational fisheries for trout and other game fish in Lakes Washington and Sammamish will not significantly affect coho salmon due to low encounter rates with salmon during those fisheries.

Information Contact: Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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