Saltwater Halibut Open Aug 19

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    North coast and Puget Sound halibut fishing to re-open Aug. 19

    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed today that sport halibut fishing will re-open along the north coast (Marine Areas 3 and 4) and in Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5 - 10) on Thursday, Aug. 19.

    "Last year, we saw lot of popularity with this late summer halibut fishery, which we had delayed in many areas to support public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Heather Hall, WDFW intergovernmental fisheries policy manager. "By providing these additional fishing dates in August and September again this year, recreational anglers will have the opportunity to access the remaining Washington sport allocation still available after the traditional season in May and June."

    The fishery in these areas will be open three days per week, Thursday through Saturday until the remaining quota is reached or through Saturday, Sept. 25, whichever comes first.

    The Columbia River area (Marine Area 1) and Westport (Marine Area 2) will not re-open for additional fishing days in August and September. The full quota for these areas was reached during the regular late spring season.

    Anglers should be sure to check ahead of time if their preferred fishing destination or launch area is open; many launches and beaches are managed under local, tribal, or federal jurisdiction, and may not be operating normally.

    The Makah Reservation, including marinas and all services, remains closed to visitors. Neah Bay on the Makah Reservation represents the primary direct boat access in Marine Areas 4. Those fishing in these areas will have to launch from, and return to, other areas that are also open for halibut fishing. Anglers fishing in Marine 4 must follow all rules and regulations for that area, regardless of where they return with their catch.

    Anglers should check the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations and WDFW's emergency rules page at fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ before heading out, and download the Fish Washington mobile app for up-to-date regulations at their destination.

    Coastal halibut dates:

    La Push and Neah Bay (Marine Areas 3 and 4): Open Thursday, August 19. The fishery in this area will be open three days per week, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, August 19 through September 25 or until the remaining quota is reached.

    Puget Sound halibut season:

    Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5 – 10):
    Open Thursday, August 19. The fishery in this area will be open three days per week, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, August 19 through September 25 or until the remaining quota is reached.

    In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction. Anglers may possess a maximum of two halibut in any form while in the field and must record their catch on a WDFW halibut catch record card. Anglers are limited to four halibut per year.

    Yelloweye rockfish, which are sometimes encountered when fishing for halibut, cannot be retained in any Washington marine area. It is unlawful to land halibut in an area that is closed to halibut fishing.

    Recreational fishery samplers will be available to collect catch information at fishing access sites throughout Puget Sound and the coast while practicing physical distancing guidelines.

    Because halibut fisheries are managed to a quota, closures can happen quickly. Anglers should check the WDFW website or Fish Washington App to ensure a specific area is open prior to fishing. Complete information on recreational halibut regulations and seasons is available online at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/halibut.

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.
     

    goatram

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    So it looks like another trip needs to be planned. Area 3 will be open but not area 1 or 2. The term "halibut may not be landed in an area that is not open". Same term is used when fishing in Canada in a round about way
    In Canada we can not drop our Anchor while fishing for Halibut. Doing so constitutes a landing in Canada requiring the boat and it's occupants to clear customs. Officer Chadwick called me and told me that I can not Leave Westport, fish and catch Halibut in area 3, land, process in area 3 i.e.Lapuss then return to Westport in the same day.

    Landing aka dropping my anchor in the Lapuss marina and presenting my fish to be checked by the state. If there is or is not a fish checker there is not my problem. Once I land, process and bag and tag my butt I have met their definition per the reg. I would return to Westport the same day. He has stated he WILL ISSUE A CITATION IF I DO IT AGAIN.

    Hmmmmmmm maybeeeeeee.
    Problem is:
    200 mile Round Trip and 160 gallons of gas.

    Another way to look at it is if I left Westport, fished for halibut, caught said fish stopped in Seiku cleaned and processed fish then returned to Everett or Ballard. @Coolaid @patrick Walker

    Officer Chadwick the Intimidator pushed by his Captain. His story!
     
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    DaKanati

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    @goatram I wish I would have gotten the gameys name who I talked to at the westport boat ramp. He told me I could leave westport and catch halibut in area 3 and return to westport without even making land. He told me to take a picture with the halibut which carries a GPS coord on your phone for proof and have my trail on my GPS to also show where I fished.
     
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    You may not:
    • Fish for, or harvest fish or shellfish in an area with catch in your possession that does not meet the rules of that area. However, you may pass through such an area without stopping to fish. Also, you may catch fish in one area and land them at a port in a different area even if that different area is closed or has different rules, with the exception of landing halibut in a closed area, or landing bottomfish caught in Oregon (Marine Area Rules & Definitions). Additionally, see Fish and Shellfish caught in Canada (below).
    Rules are clear. You may pass without stopping. Land fish in different port that's not open. Landing fish in Area 3 and processing is not landing fish in Area 2. Say nothing when arrive at dock in Westport.

    Halibut – Two daily limits in any form, except only one limit while aboard the fishing vessel. Annual limit is 4.
     
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    Why are the gamies at Westport making things difficult when it's totally cool the launch at CQ, fish for halibut in Neah bay and return back to CQ without all the other crazy requirements? I was told by warden a awhile back that your catch record card should be proof on what, when, and where your catch was caught.
     
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    Why are the gamies at Westport making things difficult when it's totally cool the launch at CQ, fish for halibut in Neah bay and return back to CQ without all the other crazy requirements? I was told by warden a awhile back that your catch record card should be proof on what, when, and where your catch was caught.
    CQ is open for hali the same day's neah is...so no issues.

    But I know lots of people that moor their boat's in non open ports and run to open area's and back with halibut...wdfw can't expect big boats to be trailered to open ports.. .that's stupid....make an effort to stop in an open port, clean fish, get checked and move on ..if not don't stop between fishing and your home port and your fine..I would even process the fish on the boat and bag it up. But don't fish with bagged fish on board...some game guys manipulate the regs, it's sad and annoying.
     
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    Baby J

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    This dissappoints me....you should already have your yearly limit of halibut and only be focused on tuna by the middle of August. What is this world coming too????? ;)
    Everyone in the family has one more to go. I just haven’t been able to get up there enough times this year 😞
     
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    sgwill122

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    You may not:
    • Fish for, or harvest fish or shellfish in an area with catch in your possession that does not meet the rules of that area. However, you may pass through such an area without stopping to fish. Also, you may catch fish in one area and land them at a port in a different area even if that different area is closed or has different rules, with the exception of landing halibut in a closed area, or landing bottomfish caught in Oregon (Marine Area Rules & Definitions). Additionally, see Fish and Shellfish caught in Canada (below).
    Rules are clear. You may pass without stopping. Land fish in different port that's not open. Landing fish in Area 3 and processing is not landing fish in Area 2. Say nothing when arrive at dock in Westport.

    Halibut – Two daily limits in any form, except only one limit while aboard the fishing vessel. Annual limit is 4.
    What about the following line: with the exception of landing halibut in a closed area
     
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    goatram

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    The rule is specific to Halibut. Hell even if you had a Oregon license it is against the Regs to leave out of Ilwaco fish for Halibut and land those fish back in Ilwaco. You would have to make a port call in Oregon prior to returning with processed fish.
    What about the following line: with the exception of landing halibut in a closed area
    On line it is pg108. In the pamphlet it's 106 I believe.

    Shit I started to answer Miles's post but forgot to post reply. Patrick's post makes the trip a non issue if it is still true on that day that he said Westport will be open.

    Thanks Patrick
     
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    KimH

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    The rule is specific to Halibut. Hell even if you had a Oregon license it is against the Regs to leave out of Ilwaco fish for Halibut and land those fish back in Ilwaco. You would have to make a port call in Oregon prior to returning with processed fish.
    On line it is pg108. In the pamphlet it's 106 I believe.

    Shit I started to answer Miles's post but forgot to post reply. Patrick's post makes the trip a non issue if it is still true on that day that he said Westport will be open.

    Thanks Patrick
    I do not see on the WDFL web site where Marine areas 1 & 2 will be open. Can't find it. Where is this information published? In fact the only mention of 1 & 2 is they will not be opened because their quota was caught. It'd be nice if some would be shuttled this direction.
     
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    goatram

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    Westport will be one 1 day in August. Thursday the 27th, and another day to be determined in September. Just an FYI

    @KimH I got time to plan. The state is SO Busy fucking up the Salmon Math to shut us down.
     
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    Walker Inc.

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    I do not see on the WDFL web site where Marine areas 1 & 2 will be open. Can't find it. Where is this information published? In fact the only mention of 1 & 2 is they will not be opened because their quota was caught. It'd be nice if some would be shuttled this direction.
    From a reputable source.
     
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    The area 2 guys hoping for government handouts. 😂🤪🤣 “quota transfer” sounds a lot like “wealth redistribution.”
    Could be.
    Seriously though the way I understand it the quota splits of the different areas was developed off of historical catch from several years ago. There wasn't much halibut effort out of Westport back then. I remember my older brother Tom, Phil Anderson before he went to work for the State and maybe one other from Westport would take their charter boats up from Westport to Neah in the spring and run halibut charters from there. Most of the effort was on the N coast, not Westport. Now there's a butt load of effort out of Westport so the quota is kind of skewed.
     
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    Some more quota transfer then.
    The area 2 guys hoping for government handouts. 😂🤪🤣 “quota transfer” sounds a lot like “wealth redistribution.
    Could be.
    Seriously though the way I understand it the quota splits of the different areas was developed off of historical catch from several years ago. There wasn't much halibut effort out of Westport back then. I remember my older brother Tom, Phil Anderson before he went to work for the State and maybe one other from Westport would take their charter boats up from Westport to Neah in the spring and run halibut charters from there. Most of the effort was on the N coast, not Westport. Now there's a butt load of effort out of Westport so the quota is kind of skewed.
    I’m just being silly. It is a convoluted system and I hope everyone gets to fish.
     
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    goatram

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    The area 2 guys hoping for government handouts. 😂🤪🤣 “quota transfer” sounds a lot like “wealth redistribution.

    I’m just being silly. It is a convoluted system and I hope everyone gets to fish.
    If the Tribes close their marinas then The WDFW want to play games with the fishing Regs then a Major Redistribution is warranted.

    If you wanna be Silly then accept the blowback.
     
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