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May 20, 2003
Contact: Michele Robinson, (360) 586-6129
Halibut fishing returns to north coast May 23 and 24, 2003
OLYMPIA - Fishing for halibut off the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula will resume this Friday and Saturday (May 23-24), after recent poor weather conditions dampened angler effort.
Catch projections completed by biologists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) indicate there is enough halibut in Marine Areas 3 and 4, offshore of La Push and Neah Bay, to provide for the additional fishing opportunity in May without affecting the June fishery.
"Many boats were not able to get out last week because of bad weather," said Phil Anderson, special assistant to the WDFW director. "We are pleased that we can provide this opportunity during a portion of the Memorial Day weekend to take advantage of the remaining May quota, while at the same time protecting the June halibut quota."
The June fishery is scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 18 and continue until the remainder of the halibut quota has been taken. Anderson said the fishery is expected to run for two to four days. WDFW will announce the specific number of days by June 1.
There is a one-fish daily limit for halibut with no minimum size restriction. Recreational halibut opportunities in Puget Sound and the coastal ports of Westport and Ilwaco will continue as scheduled.
For the latest information on other halibut fishing opportunities, anglers can visit the department's website on the Internet, or call the WDFW Fishing Hotline (360) 902-2500.