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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Port Angeles area halibut fishery reopened with good results but faded by Saturday

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The halibut fishery in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca reopened last Thursday (May 16) with good results but began to slowly fade by Saturday mainly due to bad weather.

“We had a couple decent days of halibut fishing, and then it dropped off as the weather kind of got crummy and foggy,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait.

On Thursday (May 16), 111 boats with 246 anglers at the Ediz Hook boat ramp in Port Angeles had 92 halibut, and on Friday (May 17) 103 boats with 239 anglers caught 45 halibut.

At the Port Townsend boat launch, 27 boats with 60 anglers on Saturday (May 18) caught seven halibut, and 63 anglers at the Port Angeles West ramp had 40 halibut.

Halibut fishing in the eastern Strait is open this Thursday to Sunday (May 23-26), and May 30-31 only.

The Port Angeles Halibut Derby is this weekend (May 25-26), and is hosted by the Port Angeles Salmon Club. The largest halibut is worth $5,000, and there are 30 cash prizes total.

Cost for the derby is $40. For details, call 360-452-2357.

The western Strait of Juan de Fuca at Sekiu opens for halibut fishing this Thursday to Sunday (May 23-26); May 30-June 1; and June 8 only.

 

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