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  Strait of Juan de Fuca
and Puget Sound,
Marine Areas 5 – 10
TBD: 77,550

Protect Washington’s Rockfish

Learn how to improve the
survivability of released rockfish
- 2017 Catch Sharing Plan
- Canadian Halibut Regulations
- International Pacific Halibut Commission
- 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 Strait of Juan de Fuca
& Puget Sound Recreational Halibut

Puget Sound Recreational Halibut
Fishing Dates Anglers
Pounds Cumulative Quota


  • Puget Sound Region (Marine Areas 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10): 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
  • Marine Areas 5 and 6: It is permissible for halibut anglers to retain lingcod and Pacific cod caught while fishing for halibut in waters deeper than 120 feet on days that halibut fishing is open and is only allowed when the lingcod season is open.