Fishing & Boating

Lake Washington


Black bass (combined largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass)
Crappie (combined black and white)

Lengths to Release:
Black bass: 15 inches and under
Crappie: 11 inches and under

Creel Limit (per person, per day)
Black bass: 5
Crappie: 30

Statewide creel limits apply to all other fish species.

Additional Information:

The possession of black bass under 15 inches and crappie under 11 inches while in Paul Love Park or on the weir is prohibited.

Limblines and set hooks may not be fished at Lake Washington, but trotlines, free floating fishing devices, jugs, and yo-yos may be fished.

All yo-yos, and FFFDs (Free Floating Fishing Devices or Jugs; up to 25 per person with 2 single hooks on each) must be legibly marked with either waterproof ink, stamped, or tagged to show the angler's MDWFP number.  Anglers exempt from buying a license must include their full name and residence address with zip code on the tag. Yo-yo tags shall be attached above the water line and furnished by the angler.  FFFDs must be attended during daylight hours, which means these devices must remain in sight of the angler.

Yo-yos must be attended at all times.   For yo-yos, attended means devices (whether set, baited, or tripped) must remain in sight of the angler.  However, yo-yos may be unattended (tripped, with hook out of the water) from of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Unattended yo-yos may be seized by MDWFP Law Enforcement officers except during the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. time period.


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