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

June 8, 2004

Fishing for halibut will reopen for five days in Neah Bay and LaPush areas

Action: Open recreational fishing for Pacific halibut in the northern coastal waters for five days.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15 through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

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 five days beginning June 15 in Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4.

Other information: Halibut fishing will remain open in Ilwaco, Westport and Puget Sound east of the Sekiu River. 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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