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May 14, 1999
Contact: Greg Bargmann, (360) 902-2825

Halibut "hotspot" opens on Sunday

OLYMPIA--All of Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open to sport halibut fishing on Sunday (May 16), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

WDFW said it requested that the National Marine Fisheries Service open a portion of the area, located 16 miles west of Cape Elizabeth, that has been closed to halibut fishing because angler success has been low. The few halibut that have been caught were taken more than 40 miles offshore.

Sunday's opening will allow anglers to fish the well-known halibut "hotspot" off Cape Elizabeth which has produced large numbers of halibut in past years.

Shallow waters of Marine Area 2 are open seven days a week while deeper areas are open five (closed Fridays and Saturdays).

The area affected by the change is described on the bottom of page 18 in the Fishing in Washington regulation pamphlet.