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 6,225 71,325
May 9,11 1,969 262 5,572 11,798 65,752
May 18 575 103 2,223 14,021 63,529

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, May 2
  • Saturday, May 4
  • Thursday, May 9
  • Saturday, May 11
  • Saturday, May 18
  • Friday, May 24
  • Sunday, May 26
  • Thursday, May 30
  • Saturday, June 1
  • Thursday, June 6
  • Saturday, June 8
  • Thursday, June 13
  • Saturday, June 15
  • Thursday, June 20
  • Saturday, June 22
  • Thursday, June 27
  • 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.