May 14, 1997
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255
Westport halibut fishery to close
OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has
announced the sport halibut fishery, off Westport, will close at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
Department biologists have projected that the recreational allocation will be reached at
A near-shore area north of Westport will remain open to halibut fishing. The
open area is from Ocean Shores, north to the Queets River and east of 124 degrees,
40 minutes longitude (approximately 50 fathoms). The area will remain open through
Sept 30, or until the catch reaches a quota of 20,483 pounds.
Other areas currently open to recreational halibut fishing include: La Push and
Neah Bay which are open Tuesday through Saturday. The Columbia River area open
seven days per week.
The Strait of Juan de Fuca is scheduled to be open May 22 through August 10,
Thursday through Monday of each week.