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

September 14, 2021

Sport Halibut to open Sept. 24 in Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and Westport/Ocean Shores (Marine Area 2)

Action: Open recreational halibut fishing in Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and Westport/Ocean Shores (Marine Area 2) on Friday, Sept. 24.

Effective date: Friday, Sept. 24

Species affected: Pacific halibut.

Location: Marine Areas 1 and 2.

Reason for action: There is sufficient Washington sport allocation to open an additional fishing day in Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and Westport/Ocean Shores (Marine Area 2) without exceeding the overall statewide sport allocation.

Additional Information:

La Push (Marine Areas 3) through Seattle-Bremerton Area (Marine Area 10) remain open to recreational halibut fishing three days per week, Thursday through Saturday through Sept. 25 or, until the quota is projected to be taken, whichever occurs first.

Sport halibut season dates in September will remain open as long as there is enough quota to open for another day but may close prior to Sept. 25 if the Washington sport allocation is projected to be taken.

Anglers are reminded that the Makah Reservation, including marinas and all services, remain closed to visitors to support public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Neah Bay on the Makah Reservation represents the primary direct boat access in Neah Bay (Marine Area 4), and as a result, those fishing in this areas must launch from and land in other areas. Anglers fishing in Marine Area 4 are required to follow all rules and regulations for that area, regardless of where they return with their catch.

Yelloweye retention is prohibited in all Washington marine areas.

It is unlawful to land halibut in an area that is closed to halibut fishing.

Information contact: Heather Hall, Intergovernmental Policy Manager, 360-490-9628

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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