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

September 22, 2020

Recreational halibut dates added for remainder of season

Action: Opens Marine Areas 1 (Ilwaco/Chinook) and Marine Area 2 (Westport) on Sept. 28 and 29, and Marine Area 3 (La Push), Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay), and Marine Areas 5-10 (Puget Sound) on Sept. 27, 28 and 29. These openings are in addition to days already proposed to be open.

Effective date: Sept. 27, 2020

Species affected: Pacific Halibut

Location: Marine Areas 1 through 10

Reason for action: Recreational halibut fishing is scheduled to close at the end of this week; however, only 60 percent of the Washington sport quota has been taken based on catch data through Sept. 13. Reduced fishing effort due to poor weather in recent weeks has been a factor and has resulted in lower catch than expected. The Pacific Fishery Management Council's Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and federal regulations allow the recreational halibut season to be open three days per week. Allowing additional fishing days will provide anglers the opportunity to take more of the remaining quota before the recreational halibut season closes at the end of September.

Information contact: Heather Hall, Intergovernmental Policy Coordinator, 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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