Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

June 27, 2018

Marine areas 3 through 10 to open June 30 for recreational halibut fishing

Action: Recreational halibut fishing will re-open for a final day in Marine Areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay) and marine areas 5 through 10 in the Puget Sound on Saturday, June 30.

Effective date: Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Species affected: Pacific halibut.

Location: Marine Area 3 (La Push), Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) and marine areas 5-10 (Puget Sound).

Reason for action: Recreational catch estimates from the recent halibut opener on June 21 and June 23 indicate that there is sufficient quota remaining to open recreational halibut fishing for one final day on Saturday, June 30.

Additional information: Anglers should note that lingcod retention is not allowed in waters deeper than 120 feet in Marine areas 5 and 6 now that the recreational lingcod season is closed. All other areas are closed to recreational halibut fishing for the remainder of the year.

This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

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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