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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 25, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Halibut offshore fishery at Westport is now closed, but North Coast will reopen in early June

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A little bit of good news and bad news for those prusuing halibut off the Washington coast.

The North Coast halibut fishery off Neah Bay and La Push has enough remaining in their catch quota to allow fishing to reopen on June 2 and 4, according to Heather Reed, a state Fish and Wildlife halibut manager.

However, the Westport offshore halibut fishery quota has been achieved therefore that season is now closed. The Westport near shore (incidental catch) fishery will remain open daily as well as the lingcod and black rockfish fishery.

The coastal halibut fishery continues to generate close to daily one-fish limits for anglers.

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 (in the picture above) 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.

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.

(Photo courtesy of the Westport Charter Boat Association)

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