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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 24, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Good for halibut off the coast, and offshore area at Westport could close for halibut

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The coastal halibut fishery continues to generate close to daily limits of fish for anglers, and Westport could be near its offshore halibut quota.

At Ilwaco this past week anglers caught 105 halibut for a catch per angler of 0.75, and an average weight of 12.6 pounds.

At Westport, 619 halibut were landed for a catch per angler of 0.85, and an average weight of 17.8 pounds.

Mike Homes of Lacey took more than an hour to reel in a 133 pound halibut he caught near the shore area off Westport.

On the North Coast, 1,448 halibut were landed (818 at Neah Bay and 630 at La Push) for a catch per angler of 0.80 and an average weight of 20 pounds.

The state of the Westport halibut fishery will be discussed during a state Fish and Wildlife conference call Wednesday, May 25 to discuss when the offshore area could shut down for halibut. The area remains open for the near shore halibut fishery and the lingcod and black rockfish fisheries.

Ilwaco is open Thursdays to Saturdays of each week until 70-percent of the quota is achieved, or July 17, whichever is earlier. The fishery will then reopen on Aug. 5, Fridays to Sundays until the remaining quota is taken, or September 30, whichever occurs first.

The North Coast off Neah Bay and La Push is closed May 26-28. If sufficient quota remains the fishery will reopen June 2 and or 4, and continue again June 16 (two days per week Thursday and Saturday), until the quota is reached.

(Photo courtesy of the Westport Charter Boat Association)

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