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 Pounds

Quota Pounds
Remaining

 

 

 

 

 

 

2023 halibut seasons

The following dates for 2023 are preliminary. They have been approved by the Pacific Fishery Management Council but have not been 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.  Additional days may be scheduled in August and September, depending on available quota. 

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. 

  • April 6 through May 22, five days per week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
  • Memorial Day weekend, open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 26, 27, and 28
  • June 1 through June 30, seven days per week

Marine Areas 6 - 10

  • April 6 through May 22, five days per week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
  • Memorial Day weekend, open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 26, 27, and 28
  • June 1 through June 30, seven days per week

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

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.

 

Reminder that Barbless Hooks are required for all species in Marine Areas 5 through 13—including for halibut and bottomfish—except when using forage fish jig gear to target forage fish (herring, sandlance, anchovy, sardine and smelt). See Marine Area Rules & Definitions in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules.