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

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

2020 preliminary halibut seasons

2020 season dates are preliminary until adopted into federal regulation, however, these dates are good for planning purposes.  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.

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.

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 30 through May 16, two days per week, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Memorial Day weekend, open Friday, through Sunday, May 22, 23, and 24
  • May 28 through June 27, 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 16 through May 16, three days per week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Memorial Day weekend, open Friday, through Sunday, May 22, 23, and 24
  • May 28 through June 27, three days per week, Thursday, Friday, Saturday