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

Puget Sound recreational halibut - preliminary estimates

Fishing Dates Anglers
(number)
Halibut
(number)
Pounds Cumulative

Quota
Remaining

April 22, 23, 24 2,995 471 9,242 9,242 69,049
April 29, 30, May 1 909 58 1,165 10,407 67,884
May 6, 7, 8 1,743 347 5,709 16,116 62,175
May 13, 14, 15 1,468 256 3,814 19,930 58,361
May 20, 21, 22 1,319 267 4,119 24,049 54,242
May 28, 29, 30 1,809 670 8,654 32,703 45,588
June 3, 4, 5 1,059 418 4,706 37,409 40,882
June 10, 11, 12 1,390 367 4,824 42,233 36,058
June 17, 18, 19 1,206 331 3,884 46,117 32,174
June 24, 25, 26 829 179 2,374 48,491 29,800

2021 halibut seasons

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.

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. 

  • May 6 through May 22, two days per week, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Memorial Day weekend, open Friday, through Sunday, May 28, 29, and 30
  • June 3 through June 26, three days per week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • August 19 through September 25, three days per week, Thursday through Saturday

Marine Areas 6 - 10

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 - 10

  • April 22 through May 22, three days per week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Memorial Day weekend, open Friday, through Sunday, May 28, 29, and 30
  • June 3 through June 26, three days per week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • August 19 through September 25, three days per week, Thursday through Saturday

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

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.