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Day added to Westport recreational halibut fishing season

The Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife have announced that there is sufficient quota of Pacific halibut to add an additional day to the recreational fishing season locally.

In a release, they say that they are able to add an additional all depth fishing day in Marine Area 2 on Saturday, June 29.

The department states that poor weather continues to contribute to low catch in Westport and opening another day will provide anglers additional time to catch the remaining sport quota.

The Ilwaco fishery is open seven days per week for nearshore fishing, while La Push and Neah Bay are open Thursday, June 27 and Saturday, June 29.

The is a one halibut per angler limit in all coastal areas, with no minimum size and an annual limit of 4.

All catch must be recorded on WDFW catch record card.

Marine Area 1: Nearshore: Open seven days per week.

Marine Area 2: Open Saturday, June 29.

Marine Areas 3 and 4: Open Saturday, June 22; Thursday, June 27; and Saturday, June 29.

Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5-10): Open Saturday, June 22; Thursday, June 27; and Saturday, June 29.

Marine Area 5: It is permissible for halibut anglers to retain Pacific cod caught while fishing for halibut in waters deeper than 120 feet on days that halibut fishing is open.

Retention of lingcod and Pacific cod seaward of 120 feet is not permitted on halibut days in Marine Areas 6-10.

Marine Areas 1-10: Daily limit of 1 halibut per angler, with no minimum size limit. Annual limit of 4. All catch must be recorded on WDFW catch record card. Possession limits remain the same.

Marine Areas 11-13: Closed 

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