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

May 21, 2007

Recreational halibut fishing closes in Neah Bay and LaPush

Action: Marine Areas 3 and 4 close for halibut fishing; anglers may not fish for, retain, possess or land Pacific halibut taken in Marine Areas 3 and 4.

Effective dates: Immediately

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Fish Catch Areas 3 and 4

Reasons for action: The North Coast (Neah Bay and La Push) recreational halibut fishery is projected to attain the May portion of the Pacific halibut quota allocated to this area.

Other information: Bottomfish fishing will remain open in Marine Areas 3 and 4. There is a 20-fathom depth restriction in place in Areas 3 and 4 through September 30, 2007. Anglers may not fish for, retain, possess or land any rockfish or lingcod caught seaward of a line approximating 20 fms offshore. The coordinates are available on the Department's website and recreational hotline.

Information contact: Carol Henry, (360) 249-4628, ext. 254.

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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