The state Department of Fish and Wildlife earlier today said the recreational halibut fishery will close in the northern nearshore area of Marine Area 2 at the end of the day Friday. The agency also said marine areas 3 and 4 will reopen for one more day of fishing June 14.
Heather Reed, a fish biologist, said anglers are expected to reach the halibut quota for the northern nearshore area of the Westport area by the end of Friday.
The rest of Marine Area 2 is already closed to halibut fishing.
Reed said for the other areas, there is sufficient poundage remaining under the north coast halibut quota to allow another day of halibut fishing off LaPush and Neah Bay. Those two areas have been closed since June 2.
The remaining amount allows for only one weekday of fishing, she said.
“Unfortunately we risk exceeding the quota if we were to open on a Saturday,” she said in a news release. “But after the June 14 opener, we will once again tally the catch and see if we can provide another opportunity on the north coast.”
In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-halibut daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction.