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

May 23, 2007

Sport halibut fishery reopens May 31 in Neah Bay and LaPush

Action: Marine Areas 3 and 4 will reopen for one day of halibut fishing; anglers may fish for, retain, possess and land Pacific halibut taken in Marine Areas 3 and 4.

Effective dates: 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2007

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Fish Catch Areas 3 and 4

Reasons for action: There is sufficient halibut quota to reopen the North Coast (Neah Bay and LaPush) recreational halibut fishery for one day only.

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, except on days that halibut fishing is open. 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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