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  South Coast
Recreational Halibut
Marine Area 2, Westport
Season Total: 50,307
Primary: 48,307
Nearshore: 2,000

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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
2016 2010
2015 2009
2014 2008
2013 2007
2012 2006

2017 South Coast Halibut Fishery

Primary Halibut Season
Fishing Dates Halibut Caught (lbs.) Quota Remaining
May 4, 6 27,235 21,072
May 11 10,451 10,621
May 21 15,177 -2,556
June 17 8,198 -10,754
Season Closed

Northern Nearshore Halibut Fishery
Fishing Dates Halibut Caught (lbs.) Quota Remaining*
Season Closed


  • South Coast (Marine Area 2): The all depth fishery will 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. The northern nearshore area will open on the Saturday after the quota for the all depth fishery is achieved and will continue 7-days per week until the nearshore quota is reached or September 30, whichever occurs first.
  • 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 Regulations 

Recreational fishing for bottomfish, except rockfish, is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 30-fm (55-m) depth contour from March 15 through June 15 except that retention of sablefish and Pacific cod is permitted seaward of the 30-fm (55-m) depth contour May 1 through June 15.  The retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.

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The 30 fathom depth contour is described by the coordinates below:

  • 47°31.70'N. lat., 124°37.03'W. long.
  • 47°25.67'N. lat., 124°34.79'W. long.
  • 47°12.82'N. lat., 124°29.12'W. long.
  • 46°52.94'N. lat., 124°22.58'W. long.
  • 46°44.18'N. lat., 124°18.00'W. long.
  • 46°38.17'N. lat., 124°15.88'W. long.

The retention of lingcod seaward of the 30 fathom line is allowed on days that the primary halibut season is open.

Recreational fishing for, retention or possession of lingcod is prohibited seaward of a line extending from 47°31.70'N. lat., 124°45.00'W. long. south to 46°38.17'N. lat., 124°30.00'W. long. year-round, except that lingcod may be taken, retained and possessed seaward of the line on days open during the primary halibut season.

Halibut and Bottomfish Closure Areas

It is prohibited to fish for, retain, or possess bottomfish and halibut in the South Coast Recreational YRCA and the Westport Offshore YRCA. Salmon anglers may not fish for salmon with bottomfish aboard in these areas:

South Coast YRCA

  • 46º58.00’ N, 124º48.00’W, and continuing to
  • 46º55.00’ N, 124º48.00’W, then to
  • 46º55.00’ N, 124º49.00’W, then to
  • 46º58.00’ N, 124º49.00’W, and back to the point of origin

Westport Offshore YRCA

  • 46º54.30’N, 124º53.40’W and continuing to
  • 46º54.30’N, 124º51.00’W, then to
  • 46º53.30’N, 124º51.00’W, then to
  • 46º53.30’N, 124º53.40’W, and back to the point of origin

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

Bottomfish: Recreational fishing for 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. 


  • Marine Area 2 (Westport): Open March 11 – October 21, 2017.
  • The daily bag limit is two per angler. 
  • No retention of possession seaward of 30 fathoms March 15 – June 15 (except when the primary halibut season is open). 


  • Open March 11 through October 21, 2017.  No minimum size. Daily limit 7.  Up to one canary rockfish can be retained. Retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.  See bottomfish restricted areas above.

Cabezon: Open March 11 – October 21, 2017. No minimum size. Daily limit 2.

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.