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

April 7, 8, 9

914

124

2,199

2,199

81,011

April 14, 15, 16 879 115 2,543 4,742 78,468
April 21, 22, 23 1,007 153 2,646 7,388 75,822
April 28, 29, 30 805 105 2,212 9,600 73,610
May 5, 6, 7 884 103 1,449 11,049 72,161
May 12, 13, 14 1,180 161 2,540 13,590 69,620

2022 halibut seasons

The following dates have been approved by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the International Pacific Halibut Commission, and 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.

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 5 through May 21, two days per week, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Memorial Day weekend, open Friday, through Sunday, May 27, 28, and 29
  • June 2 through June 25, three days per week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Thursday, June 30 

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 7 through May 21, three days per week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Memorial Day weekend, open Friday, through Sunday, May 27, 28, and 29
  • June 2 through June 27, three days per week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Thursday, June 30

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.