Puget Sound/Strait of Juan de Fuca halibut seasons and regulations

Fishing Dates Anglers
(number)
Halibut
(number)
Pounds Cumulative Quota
Remaining
May 2, 4 2,600 322 6,225 6,226 71,324
May 9,11 1,969 262 5,572 11,798 65,752
May 18 575 103 2,223 14,021 63,529
May 24, 26 2,526 513 9,205 23,226 54,324
May 30, June 1 545 87 1,211 24,437 53,113
June 6, 8 1,050 241 3,993 28,430 49,120
June 13, 15 606 69 1,167 29,597 47,953
June 20, 22 366 64 1,350 30,947 46,603
June 27, 28,29 1,112 395 7,135 38,082 39,468
Season is closed          

2019 halibut seasons

Please note, Pacific halibut are managed to a quota and openings are dependent on available quota.

Puget Sound Region (Marine Areas 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10)

  • Thursday, June 27
  • Friday, June 28
  • Saturday, June 29

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 Area 5

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.  To protect yelloweye rockfish, the retention of lingcod and Pacific cod is not permitted while fishing for halibut deeper than 120 feet in Marine Areas 6 through 10.