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

           

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

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

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.