North coast halibut and bottomfish seasons and regulations

North Coast recreational halibut
Fishing Dates Anglers
(#)
Halibut
(#)
Pounds Cumulative
(pounds)
Quota Remaining
(pounds)

 

 

 

 

 

129,668

May 4, 6  919 612 7,990.5 7,990.5 121,677.5
May 11, 13 914 473 7,226.4 15,216.9 114,451.1
May 18, 20 1,012 739 10,239.2 25,456.2 104,211.8
May 26, 28 627 359 4,834.6 30,290.7 99,377.3
June 1, 3 573 362 5,396.6 35,687.3 93,980.7
June 8, 9, 10, 11 1,049 799 11,821.7 47,509.1 82,158.9
June 15,16,17,18 875 538 7,192.7 54,701.8 74,966.2
June 22, 23, 24 ,25 2,583 1,619 24,388.2 79,090.0 50,578.0
June 29, 30 823 487 7,246.5 86,336.5 43,331.5
August 17 - 20 696 302 3,959.7 90,453.5 39,214.5
August 21-27 1,196 818 11,957.0 102,410.5 27,257.5
August 28 - Sept 3 710 478 6,474.9 108,885.4 20,782.6
Sept 4 - 10 652 502 7,198.5 116,083.9 13,584.1
Sept 11- 17 420 285 3,576.3 119,660.2 10,007.8
Sept 18 - 24 328 207 2,863.5 122,523.7 7,144.3

2023 halibut season dates

North Coast (Marine Areas 3 and 4)

The following dates for 2023 have been approved by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and implemented into federal regulation.  Pacific halibut are quota managed, days open are dependent on available quota and Marine Areas will close when the quota is projected to be obtained.  The following is intended to show the proposed season structure, but season dates are not guaranteed to be open.

  • May 4 through May 20, two days per week, Thursday and Saturday
  • Friday and Sunday, May 26 and May 28 (Memorial Day weekend)
  • June 1 through June 24, two days per week, Thursday and Saturday, and Thursday, June 29

Announced June 1, new dates for the North Coast in June include:  June 9, 11, 16,18, 23, 25, 30. These are in addition to the dates listed above.  All dates remain subject to available quota. 

Announced July 24, the North Coast will open August 17 through September 30, 2023, seven days per week, subject to 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.  Except, the bag limit is temporarily increased to six fish for August 17 - September 30, 2023 (dates subject to available quota). Anglers may obtain a free two-line catch record card for this period. Anglers must record their catch on a WDFW catch record card.

Check for additional information as the season progresses in the emergency rules website.

 

2023 bottomfish regulations

20-fathom depth restriction

Marine Area 3 and 4 bottomfish restriction map

In Marine Area 3 and Marine Area 4 (west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line) effective June 1 through July 31, recreational fishing for bottomfish is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 20-fm (120 ft.) depth contour.  Beginning June 1, on days open to the Pacific halibut fishery, the following bottomfish can be retained seaward of 20 fathoms: lingcod, sablefish, Pacific cod, bocaccio, silvergray rockfish, canary rockfish, widow rockfish, and yellowtail rockfish. Yellowtail and widow rockfish retention is allowed seaward of 20 fathoms at all times during the month of July.  

In Marine Area 4B (east of the Bonnilla Tatoosh line) recreational fishing for bottomfish is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating 20-fm (120 ft.) year-round. On days open to the Pacific halibut fishery in this area, no bottomfish except lingcod and Pacific cod can be retained seaward of 20-fm.  Yellowtail and widow rockfish retention is allowed seaward of 20 fathoms on days open to recreational salmon fishing in July and August.

The retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited in all Marine Areas. 

Area closures

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.
Yelloweye rockfish conservation area

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 11 through October 21, 2023.  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. In addition to the nine bottomfish daily limit, anglers can retain five additional flatfish. See 20 fathom depth restriction above for more information.

Lingcod

Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line (Neah Bay): Open March 11 – October 21, 2023; no minimum size, the daily bag limit is two per angler.

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: March 11 – October 21, 2023; no minimum size; the daily bag limit is two per angler.

Rockfish

West of Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open March 11 – October 21, 2023. No minimum size. Daily limit 7.  No Yelloweye may be retained.  No retention or possession seaward of 20 fathoms June 1 through July 31, see 20 fathom depth restriction above for more information.   New for 2023, in May, June, and July the possession limit for copper rockfish, quillback rockfish, and vermilion rockfish is 0.

East of Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open year-round. No minimum size. Daily limit 7, the following species may be retained: black rockfish, blue/deacon rockfish, yellowtail rockfish and widow rockfish.

Cabezon

Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open March 11 – October 21, 2023. No Minimum size. Daily limit 1.

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) east of the  Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open year round. No minimum size. 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.