OLYMPIA -- With 26,776 pounds of quota remaining, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will reopen in marine areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay) to halibut fishing on Saturday, June 19.
Though that is a lot of quota for this late in June, Heather Reed, WDFW’s coastal policy coordinator, said there is not enough pounds left for a two day opening.
"There’s still quota remaining because poor weather early in the season kept people from heading out on the water," Reed said. "The remaining quota is sufficient for a one-day opening on a weekend day, when more folks can participate."
WDFW’s sportfishing rules pamphlet contains the rules and seasons for all of Washington’s fisheries. It is free and available at the approximately 600 stores that sell fishing licenses. It also can be viewed and downloaded at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/. Rules specific to halibut are at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/creel/halibut/.