According to the agency, inclement weather during May significantly reduced fisherman effort and a significant amount of quotas remained for Washington’s sport fisheries, particularly in coastal offshore areas (MARZs 1–4).
The extra days in June were chosen to provide more fishing opportunities without compromising the dates of the already scheduled seasons.
2022 Coast Additional dates in June:
- Maritime District 1June 13th and 20th
- Marine District 2: 28 and 30 June
- Marine Zone 3 and 4: June 10, 17 and 24
The WDFW will assess the catch at the end of June and may suggest additional catch days in August and September if there is a quota left.
The season is based on a statewide share of 302,649 pounds. Annual catch quotas are the result of a fixed annual allocation approved by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) in January to fisheries in Washington, Oregon and California. This approach, which has been in place since 2019, will allocate a total of £1.45 million to halibut fisheries off the coast in 2022. A fixed annual allocation provides stability to recreational fisheries from year to year.
In all open sea areas for halibut fishing, there is a limit to one fish per day and no minimum size. Anglers may own a maximum of two fish in any shape while in the field and must register their catch on the WDFW Registration Card. There is an annual limit of four halibut.
Fishermen are reminded that because halibut fisheries are managed according to the quota, areas will be closed when the quota is expected to be taken.
Fishermen should check the WDFW website to ensure that a particular area is open before fishing. Complete information on the recreational halibut regulations and seasons in wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/halibut.
2022 Pacific Coast halibut seasons
- Marine District 1 (Columbia River) Inclusive fisheries will open on June 5, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 30, as long as there is enough quota.
The offshore area opens for fishing on May 9 on a schedule Monday through Wednesday. Coordinates for inshore fisheries are available at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/halibut/columbia-river.
Fisheries up to a depth of 18,537 pounds will be managed. The share near the beach is 500 pounds.
- Maritime District 2 (Westport): The deep fisheries will open on 16, 19, 23, 26, 28 and 30 June depending on the quota available.
This space will be managed with a total share of 68,555 Egyptian pounds.
- Marine Zones 3 (La Bush) and 4 (Gulf of Niah) It will open on 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, as long as there is enough stake.
The total share of the two regions is 133,847 Egyptian pounds.
2022 Halibut seasons Puget Sound
- Maritime Zone 5 It will open on 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 and 30 June.
- Marine Zones 6-10 It will open on 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 and 30 June, as long as there is enough quota.
- Marine Zones 11, 12 and 13 Closed to halibut fishing to protect threatened and endangered rockfish species.
Puget Sound will be managed with a total stake of 83,210 pounds.
Fishing regulations include depth restrictions and zone closures designed to minimize encounters with yellow rockfish, which must be issued by state and federal law. Anglers are reminded of the need to have a descending device on board and equipped for immediate use when catching or owning benthic and halibut.
Information about descending devices can be found on the WDFW webpage at wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/at-risk/species-recovery/rockfish
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