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

May 20, 2003

Sport fishing for halibut in Catch Areas 3 and 4 opens May 23, 2003, for a two-day fishery

Action: Recreational halibut fishing in Marine Catch Areas 3 and 4 will open to halibut fishing on May 23, 2003.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. May 23 through 11:59 p.m. May 24, 2003

Species: Pacific Halibut

Location: Marine Catch Area 3 - LaPush from the Queets River north to Cape Alava and Marine Catch Area 4 - Neah Bay from Cape Alava north and inside Juan de Fuca Strait to the Sekiu River.

Reason for action: In reviewing the catch per day for this year, there is sufficient quota remaining to allow for a two-day halibut fishery.

Information contact: Michele Robinson (360) 249-4628.

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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