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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 7, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Sport halibut anglers will see another good season off the coast

IMG954117The coastal halibut fisheries will remain status quo for the upcoming season.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission adopted a quota of 970,000 pounds — up slightly from 960,000 last year — for commercial, sport and tribal fisheries, also known as Area 2A, which covers Washington, Oregon and California.

Sport anglers in Washington will get a share of 214,110 pounds, which is the same as last year.

The northern coastal season off Neah Bay and La Push will be open May 14, 16, 21 and 23 with a quota of 108,030 pounds, which is the same as last year. Catches will then be assessed to see if additional openings are possible. Last year, the northern coastal quota was taken in the brief four days of fishing.

Westport, on the south-central coast, opens May 3 with fishing allowed Sundays and Tuesdays only. Fishing will close once the catch quota of 42,739 pounds is achieved. Last year, Westport had five days of fishing, and averaged five to six days in previous years.

Ilwaco opens May 1 with fishing allowed each week from Thursdays to Sundays, and will close once the catch quota is achieved. The quota wasn’t finalized, but state fishery managers say if will likely be same as last year’s 11,895 pounds.

Last year, the limit in all marine areas has been one halibut daily with no minimum size limit.

State Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting to discuss the Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca halibut fishing seasons at 9 a.m. Monday at the Department of Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E. in Olympia.

 

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