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

April 6, 2006

Open recreational fishing for Halibut in Puget Sound Marine Areas 5, 6-11 and 13

Action: Open recreational halibut fishing seasons in Puget Sound

Effective dates: Marine Catch Areas 6-11 and 13: Open 12:01 a.m. Sunday, April 9, 2006, through 11:59 p.m. June 18, 2006; five days a week, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Marine Catch Area 5: Open 12:01 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2006, through 11:59 p.m. August 5, 2006; five days a week; closed Tuesdays and Wednesday.

In all areas, the daily bag limit is one fish per angler, with a possession limit of two fish, in any form.

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Catch Areas 5, 6-11, and 13 (Marine Catch Area 12 remains closed because of low oxygen levels.)

Reason for action: The Puget Sound recreational halibut fishery quota for 2006 is 68,607 pounds, which is sufficient to provide for these seasons.

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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