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  North Coast
Recreational Halibut
Marine Area 3 & 4,
Neah Bay and La Push
 
Total: 128,187
 

 
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- 2017 Catch Sharing Plan
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- Release Methods for Rockfish
- Rockfish Identification
 
- 2019 Bottomfish and Lingcod Seasons
Marine Areas 1-3 and Marine Area 4 west of Bonilla-Tatoosh:
March 9 – October 19, 2019
Daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

Marine Area 4 (east of Bonilla-Tatoosh):
April 16-October 15, 2019
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

- Halibut Fishery Summaries
2017 2011
2016 2010
2015 2009
2014 2008
2013 2007
2012 2006

2019 North Coast Halibut Fishery

North Coast Recreational Halibut
Fishing Dates Anglers
(#)
Halibut
(#)
Pounds Cumulative
(lbs.)
Quota Remaining
(lbs.)
           

PRELIMINARY HALIBUT SEASONS

  • North Coast (Marine Areas 3 and 4): Thursday, May 2; Saturday, May 4; Thursday, May 9; Saturday, May 11; Saturday, May 18; Friday, May 24; Sunday, May 26; Thursday, June 6; Saturday, June 8; Thursday, June 20; Saturday, June 22
  • These halibut season dates are preliminary until adopted into federal regulation by the National Marine Fisheries Service but can be used for planning purposes, as they are unlikely to change.  Please note, Pacific halibut are managed to a quota and openings are dependent on available quota.
  • In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction.  There is a four fish annual bag limit.  Anglers must record their catch on a WDFW catch record card

2019 Bottomfish Regulations

20 Fathom Depth Restriction:
Recreational fishing for bottomfish is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 20-fm (37-m) depth contour from June 1 through Labor Day. On days open to the Pacific halibut fishery in this area, no bottomfish except lingcod, sablefish and Pacific cod can be retained seaward of 20 fm. In Marine Area 4B (east of the Bonnilla Tatoosh line) lingcod and Pacific cod can be retained seaward of 20-fm on days open to the Pacific halibut fishery. Yellowtail and widow rockfish retention is allowed seaward of 20 fathoms in July and August on days open to recreational salmon fishing. The retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.

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Area Closures

A "C-shaped" yelloweye rockfish conservation area that is closed to recreational bottomfish and halibut fishing is defined by the following coordinates in the order listed:

48°18' N. lat.; 125°18' W. long.;
48°18' N. lat.; 124°59' W. long.;
48°11' N. lat.; 124°59' W. long.;
48°11' N. lat.; 125°11' W. long.;
48°04' N. lat.; 125°11' W. long.;
48°04' N. lat.; 124°59' W. long.;
48°00' N. lat.; 124°59' W. long.;
48°00' N. lat.; 125°18' W. long.;
and connecting back to 48°18' N. lat.; 125°18' W. long.

Bottomfish Seasons and Limits

Bottomfish Seasons and Limits:

  • West of the Bonnilla-Tatoosh line: Recreational bottomfish will be open from the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October which is March 9 through October 19, 2019.  Daily limit is a total of 9 bottomfish regardless of species, subject to individual limits shown below.  In addition to the nine bottomfish daily limit, anglers can retain three additional flatfish.
  • East of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open year round. Daily limit is a total of 10 bottomfish regardless of species, subject to individual limits and seasons shown below..

Lingcod:

  • Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line (Neah Bay): Open March 9 – October 19, 2019; no minimum size, the daily bag limit is two per angler.
  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: April 16 – October 15, 2019; minimum size is 22 inches; the daily bag limit is two per angler.

Rockfish:

  • West of Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open March 9 – October 19, 2019. No minimum size. Daily limit 7.  No Yelloweye may be retained.  No retention or possession seaward of 20 fathoms June 1– Labor Day.  See 20 fathom depth restriction above.
  • East of Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open year round. No minimum size. Daily limit 6, only Black and Blue rockfish may be retained.

Cabezon:

  • Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open March 9 – October 19, 2019. No Minimum size. Daily limit 1.
  • Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) east of the  Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open year round. Minimum size 18 inches. Daily limit 1

Wolf-eel: Closed to retention

Sixgill, Sevengill, and Thresher sharks:

  • Closed to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.  Sixgill shark may not be removed from the water. 

Surfperch:

  • Open year-round. No minimum size. Daily limit 12, except Shiner perch daily limit 15 is not included in the bottomfish daily limit.