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

September 14, 2005

Recreational halibut fishing reopens in Ilwaco

Action: Marine Area 1 reopens for halibut fishing

Effective dates: September 15, 2005

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Area 1, north of Cape Falcon, west of the Buoy 10 line at the Columbia River mouth and north to Leadbetter Point.

Reasons for action: There is sufficient quota to reopen the recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 1.

Other information: The fishery will remain open until September 30, 2005, or until the remaining quota is taken, whichever occurs first. No minimum size limit; daily bag limit is one halibut. Possession limit is two daily bag limits in any form, except the possession limit onboard a vessel is one daily bag limit. By-catch restriction: It is unlawful during any vessel trip to bring into port or land bottomfish except sablefish if the vessel has brought halibut into port or landed halibut.

Information contact: Michele 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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