Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 19, 2008

Recreational halibut fishing to close in Neah Bay, LaPush

Action: Marine Areas 3 and 4 will close for halibut fishing at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2008; anglers may not fish for, retain, possess or land Pacific halibut taken in Marine Areas 3 and 4 after Tuesday, May 20.

Effective dates: 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

Species affected: Pacific halibut.

Location: Marine Fish Catch Areas 3 and 4.

Reasons for action: The North Coast (NeahBay and LaPush) 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 Sept. 30, 2008. Anglers may not fish for, retain, possess or land any rockfish or lingcod caught seaward of a line approximating 20 fathoms 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