The two pole endorsement option applies to the majority of the 8,000 fishing lakes, ponds and reservoirs in Washington State.
Revenue generated from the new fees will go toward hatchery fish production.
- The total cost for the two-pole endorsement is $14.80 ($6.00 for seniors) which includes a surcharge, and transaction and dealer fees.
- Anglers may buy an endorsement for a second fishing pole at an authorized license dealer or online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.
- All fishing rules and regulations still apply. See the Fishing in Washington pamphlet.
- Anglers with a valid two-pole endorsement may use up to three hooks on each line.
- For more information call WDFW’s licensing department at (360) 902-2464.
The two-pole endorsement is allowed on most lakes, ponds and reservoirs. Approximately 145 lakes and ponds are excluded from the two-pole option based on conservation and fishery management goals.
Criteria for excluded lakes, ponds and reservoirs:
- Lakes containing ESA-listed species, determined on a case-by-case basis
- Lakes connected to anadromous waters during fisheries for anadromous fish, i.e. salmon
- Lakes managed for natural trout production
- Juvenile-only lakes
- Fly-fishing only waters
- Lakes with selective gear rules and a reduced daily limit for trout
The two pole endorsement is not valid on the Columbia or Snake rivers mainstem, except Lake Roosevelt and Rufus Woods Reservoir.
In general, two-pole fishing is not allowed in saltwater, or in rivers, streams and beaver ponds. However, WDFW is evaluating areas and times when surplus fish may be available for harvest and the two-pole option could be allowed.