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

May 12, 2017

Halibut fishing will be open May 21 in the ocean, portions of Puget Sound

Action: Recreational halibut fishing will open in marine areas 2 (Westport), 3 (La Push), 4 (Neah Bay), and 5-10 (Puget Sound).

Effective date: May 21, 2017.

Species affected: Pacific halibut.

Location: Marine Areas 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Reason for action: Sufficient quota remains to open the recreational Pacific halibut fishery for another day in these marine areas. Catch data will be evaluated following the opening on May 21 to determine if enough quota remains for additional fishing days.

Additional Information: The nearshore fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open on the Saturday following the close of the all-depth primary fishery. Opening of the nearshore area will be announced after catch data from the all-depth primary fishery is compiled.

The recreational halibut fishery remains open in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) Thursdays through Sundays at all depths and Mondays through Wednesdays in the nearshore area.

These rules conform to action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 902-2487.

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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