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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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- Ocean Lingcod Seasons
Marine Areas 1-3:
March 15-October 18, 2014
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler.

Marine Area 4:
April 16-October 15, 2014
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

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2015 North Coast Halibut Fishery

North Coast Recreational Halibut
Fishing Dates Pounds Cummulative Quota Remaining
May 14, 16      
May 21, 23      

HALIBUT SEASONS

  • North Coast (Marine Areas 3 and 4): Open May 14, 2 days per week, Thursdays and Saturdays through May 23 (as long as there is sufficient quota). This area will be closed May 28 and 30 to tally the catch and provide sufficient notice if there is enough quota for additional fishing days. If there is available quota the fishery will re-open June 4 and or 6.
  • 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.

2015 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.

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: Open year-round.  Daily limit is a total of 12 bottomfish regardless of species, subject to individual limits and seasons shown below. 

Lingcod:

  • Marine Area 3 (La Push): open March 14, 2015 – October 17, 2015
  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: open April 16, 2015 – October 15, 2015
  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: open April 16, 2015 – October 15, 2015

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: Open year-round. Minimum size 18 inches. Daily limit 1.

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.