OLYMPIA — Most of the Washington coast will open to recreational lingcod fishing March 12, a week earlier than the date listed in the state’s 2010/2011 sport fishing rules pamphlet.
Heather Reed, coastal policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the opening date for the lingcod fishery in Marine Areas 1-3 south of Cape Alava was changed to conform to federal rules.
The fishing season in those areas will run through Oct. 15 as previously planned.
The season dates will remain unchanged in Marine Area 4, which will be open for lingcod fishing from April 16 through Oct. 15.
There is a 22-inch minimum size limit and a two-fish daily catch limit for lingcod in Marine Areas 1-3. In Marine Area 4, there is a 24-inch minimum size limit and a two-fish daily limit for lingcod.