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

May 18, 2005

Halibut fishing to close May 18 off La Push, Neah Bay

*Note: See Fishing Rule Change dated May 25 for Halibut fishing in Areas 3 and 4

Action: The recreational halibut fishery off the north coast of Washington will close May 18 at 11:59 p.m.

Effective dates: May 18, 2005

Species affected: Pacific Halibut

Location: Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay)

Reasons for action: Fishing was excellent, and the number of anglers on the water was phenomenal according to preliminary estimates, the number of anglers fishing off La Push was up 50 percent from last year, The number of anglers fishing off Neah Bay was up by about 20 percent.

Information contact: Michelle Culver, (360) 249-1211

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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