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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Eastern Strait remains fairly good for halibut

The eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca halibut fishery was fair to good this past Thursday to Saturday mainly in the Port Angeles area.

“It was pretty decent and the weather was nice Thursday and Friday with one out of three boats getting a fish, and then it dropped down a little bit on Saturday,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sampler in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Bennett fished Friday and friend of his ended up catching a 42 pounder, and the biggest fish the samplers saw weighed 60 pounds caught on May 12 out of Ediz Hook boat ramp in Port Angeles.

“Halibut fishing has been nothing super exciting like last year, but there are still some fish out there to catch,” Bennett said.

Halibut fishing is open in the eastern Strait (Marine Catch Area 6) Thursdays to Saturdays only, and open Thursday to Sunday May 26 to May 29.

Halibut fishing in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca off Sekiu (Area 5) opens May 26-29, and then goes to a Thursday to Saturday only fishery until June 18.

Word on halibut catches

Freshwater Bay ramp — May 12: 24 boats with 39 anglers caught 13 halibut and two lingcod; May 14: 29 boats with 57 anglers caught seven halibut, five kelp greenling and two lingcod.

Ediz Hook ramp, Port Angeles — May 12: 129 boats with 286 anglers caught 72 halibut, two lingcod and two flounder; May 13: 98 boats with 206 anglers caught 41 halibut.

Port Angeles West ramp — May 13: 53 boats with 122 anglers caught nine halibut.

John Wayne Marina, Sequim — May 12: 44 boats with 94 anglers caught 20 halibut.

Port Townsend Boat Haven Marina ramp — May 14: 25 boats with 59 anglers caught one halibut.

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