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  North Coast
Recreational Halibut
Marine Area 3 & 4,
Neah Bay and La Push
 
Season Total: 108,030 lbs.
 

 
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- 2015 Catch Sharing Plan
- Canadian Halibut Regulations
- International Pacific Halibut Commission
- Release Methods for Rockfish
- Rockfish Identification
- Ocean Lingcod Seasons
Marine Areas 1-3:
March 12-October 15, 2016
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler.

Marine Area 4:
April 16-October 15, 2016
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

- Halibut Fishery Summaries
2015 2010
2014 2009
2013 2008
2012 2007
2011 2006

2016 North Coast Halibut Fishery

North Coast Recreational Halibut
Fishing Dates Pounds Cumulative Quota Remaining
May 7 5,133 5,133 102,897
May 12, 14 66,485 71,618 36,412
May 28 6,870 78,488 29,542
June 11 16,658 95,146 12,884
June 23 12,271 107,417 613
Season Closed

HALIBUT SEASONS

  • North Coast (Marine Areas 3 and 4): Open Saturday May 7 one day only, the fishery will be open the following week for 2 days, Thursday and Saturday (May 12 and 14) as long as there is sufficient quota.  This area will be closed May 19 and 21.  If there is available quota the fishery will re-open May 26 and/or 28. 

  • In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction.  Anglers must record their catch on a WDFW catch record card.

  • Check for additional information as the season progresses under the Current Season Information and Updates page.

2016 Bottomfish Restrictions

20 Fathom Depth Restriction:
Recreational fishing for bottomfish is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 20-fm (37-m) depth contour from May 9 through Labor Day. On days open to the Pacific halibut fishery in this area, no bottomfish except lingcod, sablefish and Pacific cod can be retained seaward of 20 fm. In Marine Area 4B (east of the Bonnilla Tatoosh line) lingcod and Pacific cod can be retained seaward of 20-fm on days open to the Pacific halibut fishery. The retention of canary and yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.

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Area Closures

A "C-shaped" yelloweye rockfish conservation area that is closed to recreational bottomfish and halibut fishing is defined by the following coordinates in the order listed:

48°18' N. lat.; 125°18' W. long.;
48°18' N. lat.; 124°59' W. long.;
48°11' N. lat.; 124°59' W. long.;
48°11' N. lat.; 125°11' W. long.;
48°04' N. lat.; 125°11' W. long.;
48°04' N. lat.; 124°59' W. long.;
48°00' N. lat.; 124°59' W. long.;
48°00' N. lat.; 125°18' W. long.;
and connecting back to 48°18' N. lat.; 125°18' W. long.

Bottomfish Seasons and Limits

Bottomfish:

  • West of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open year-round. Daily limit is a total of 12 bottomfish regardless of species, subject to individual limits and seasons shown above.
  • East of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open year-round. Daily limit is a total of 10 bottomfish regardless of species, subject to individual limits and seasons shown above.

Lingcod:

  • Marine Area 3 (La Push): open March 12, 2016 – October 15, 2016
  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: open April 16, 2016 – October 15, 2016
  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: open April 16, 2016 – October 15, 2016

Marine Areas 1-4: Lingcod minimum size is 22 inches, the daily bag limit is two per angler. 

Rockfish:

  • West of Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open year-round. No minimum size. Daily limit 10.  No Canary or Yelloweye may be retained.  No retention or possession seaward of 20 fathoms May 9 – Labor Day.  See 20 fathom depth restriction below.
  • East of Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open year-round. No minimum size. Daily limit 6, only Black and Blue rockfish may be retained.

Cabezon:

  • Marine Area 4: Open year-round. Minimum size 18 inches. Daily limit 1.
  • Marine Area 3: Open year-round. No Minimum size. Daily limit 2.

Wolf-eel: Closed to retention

Sixgill, Sevengill, and Thresher sharks: Closed to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.  Sixgill shark may not be removed from the water. 

Surfperch: Open year-round. No minimum size. Daily limit 12, except Shiner perch daily limit 15 is not included in the bottomfish daily limit.