Fishing Regulations

This information presents a summary of the commonly used Washington State fishing regulations in effect within the boundaries of North Cascades National Park, Lake Chelan and Ross Lake National Recreation Areas. For complete information, please consult the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Game Fish Regulations pamphlet that is available wherever fishing licenses are sold, or check online here.
 
Water Season Species Catch Limit Min. Size Special Regulations
Big Beaver Creek
beaver ponds & tributary streams
From 1/4 mile marker upstream
July 1 - Oct. 31 All gamefish 0 - CATCH and RELEASE ONLY
* Selective fishery regulations apply.
Big Beaver Creek
beaver ponds & tributary streams
Ross Lake to 1/4 mile upstream
Closed Waters
Cascade River Jun 1 - Feb. 28 Trout
Dolly Varden
Other gamefish
2
2
STWD
14"
20"
STWD
Legal to retain Dolly Varden/bull trout as part of the catch limit.
Must count towards daily Trout limit.
STWD = Statewide Regulations. For complete information, consult a current copy of the Washington Sport Fishing Rules that is available wherever fishing licenses are sold.
Hozomeen Lake July 1 - Oct. 31 All gamefish STWD STWD
Lake Chelan Aug. 1 - Mar. 31 Salmon

Trout
Lake Trout

Other gamefish

Kokanee/Burbot
0

5
None

STWD

5
-

None
None

STWD

None
CLOSED. (Always closed North of line between Purple Point at Stehekin and Painted Rocks.)
Release wild Cutthroat
Lake Trout (Mackinaw) are not included in the Trout daily limit.

Only natural bait with two single hooks per bait; only one hook on sinking lines.
Kokanee are not included in trout daily limit. Burbot-one set line with up to 5 hooks allowed.
Newhalem Ponds Closed Waters
Nooksack River Jun. 1 - Feb. 28

Oct. 16 - Dec. 31
Trout


Salmon
2


2
14"


12"
Wild steelhead release.


Release Chinook and Coho.
Ridley Lake July 1 - Oct. 31 Trout
All gamefish
1
STWD
18"
STWD
* Selective fishery regulations apply. Trout possession limit - 1.
Ross Lake July 1 - Oct. 31 Trout
All gamefish
3
STWD
13"
STWD

* Selective fishery regulations apply. All other tributaries are closed from lake to 1 mile upstream.
Ruby Creek Closed Waters
Skagit River
Bacon Creek to Gorge Powerhouse
June 1 - Feb. 28 Trout
Dolly Varden
Steelhead
Other gamefish
2
2

STWD
14"
20"

STWD
Legal to retain Dolly Varden/bull trout as part of the trout catch limit. Retaining steelhead is prohibited.
Skagit River
Gorge Powerhouse to Dam
Closed Waters
Stehekin River
Mouth to Agnes Creek
Mar. 1 - June 30 All gamefish 0 - CATCH and RELEASE ONLY
* Selective fishery regulations apply.
Must release Cutthroat.
Stehekin River
Above Agnes Creek
July 1 - Oct. 30 Trout
Other gamefish
2
STWD
15"
STWD
* Selective fishery regulations apply.
Stetattle Creek Closed Waters
Trapper Lake Year Around Trout
Other gamefish
2
STWD
None
STWD

* Selective Fishery Regulations = Only artificial flies or lures with a barbless hook are allowed. You must stop fishing after you possess the catch limit. Bait is prohibited, including any substance which attracts fish by scent or flavor.

Trout = Cutthroat, golden, kokanee, lake, and rainbow trout but not eastern brook trout, steelhead, Dolly Varden or bull trout.

Gamefish = Bass, burbot, catfish, crappie, grayling, perch, sunfish, all trout, kokanee, and steelhead but not salmon.

Last updated: August 11, 2017

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