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

May 26, 2004

Fishing for halibut will reopen May 29 in Neah Bay and LaPush areas

Action: Open recreational fishing for Pacific halibut in the northern coastal waters for one day.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2004

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Catch Record Areas 3 and 4, which extend from the Queets River north to the Canadian border and inside the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Sekiu River.

Reason for action: There is sufficient quota to reopen the fishery for one day only on May 29. The fishery will close at 11:59 pm on May 29 and is scheduled to reopen June 15 when the second portion of the quota becomes available.

Other information: Halibut fishing will remain open in Ilwaco, Westport and Puget Sound east of the Sekiu River (except the waters between the Sekiu River and Low Point which remain closed until May 27). Hood Canal will remain closed to halibut fishing until further notice.

Information contact: Michele Robinson, (360) 586-6129 ext 211.

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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