Halibut anglers might want to pack up and head to the north coast this Saturday because the state is reopening the recreational halibut fishery for one more day.
With 26,776 pounds of quota remaining, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said it will reopen marine areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay) to halibut fishing on Saturday.
Though that is a lot of quota for this late in June, Heather Reed, the coastal policy coordinator, said in a news release there is not enough pounds left for a two day opening.
“There’s still quota remaining because poor weather early in the season kept people from heading out on the water,” Reed said in the release. “The remaining quota is sufficient for a one-day opening on a weekend day, when more folks can participate.”
The sportfishing rules pamphlet contains the rules and seasons for all of Washington’s fisheries. It is free and available at the approximately 600 stores that sell fishing licenses. It also can be viewed and downloaded here. Rules specific to halibut can be found here.