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  North Coast
Recreational Halibut
Marine Area 3 & 4,
Neah Bay and La Push
 
Season Total: 115,599
 

 
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Ocean Lingcod Seasons
Marine Areas 1-3:
March 11 – October 21, 2017
Daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

Marine Area 4 (west of Bonilla-Tatoosh):
April 16-October 15, 2017
Daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler.

Marine Area 4 (east of Bonilla-Tatoosh):
April 16-October 15, 2017
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

- Halibut Fishery Summaries
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2017 North Coast Halibut Fishery

North Coast Recreational Halibut
Fishing Dates Pounds Cumulative Quota Remaining
May 4, 6 43,517 43,517 72,082
May 11 8,931 52,448 63,151
May 21 13,315 65,763 49,836
May 25 2,629 68,392 47,207
June 1, 4 13,363 81,755 33,844
June 10 8,906 90,661 24,938
June 17 9,749 100,410 15,189
Season Closed

HALIBUT SEASONS

  • North Coast (Marine Areas 3 and 4): Open Thursday May 4, Saturday May 6 and Thursday May 11 depending on available quota.  If there is sufficient quota remaining, the following dates will be considered for re-opening; Sunday, May 21 and/or Thursday, May 25 and Thursday June 1 and/or Sunday June 4.  

  • 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 in the Emergency Rules website.

2017 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 1 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 Seasons and Limits—Note changes to the recreational bottomfish season for 2017:

  • West of the Bonnilla-Tatoosh line: Recreational bottomfish will be open from the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October which is March 11 through October 21, 2017.  Daily limit is a total of 9 bottomfish regardless of species, subject to individual limits shown below. 
  • 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 below.

Lingcod:

  • Marine Area 3 (La Push): Open March 11 – October 21, 2017.
  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: April 16 – October 15, 2017; no minimum size; the daily bag limit is two per angler.
  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: April 16 – October 15, 2017; minimum size is 22 inches; the daily bag limit is two per angler.

Rockfish:

  • West of Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open March 11 – October 21, 2017. No minimum size. Daily limit 7.  No Canary or Yelloweye may be retained.  No retention or possession seaward of 20 fathoms May 1 – Labor Day.  See 20 fathom depth restriction above.
  • 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 3: Open March 11 – October 21, 2017. No Minimum size. Daily limit 2.
  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open March 11 – October 21, 2017. Minimum size 18 inches. Daily limit 1.
  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) east of the  Bonilla-Tatoosh line: 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.