Synopsis of 2016 U.S. Sport Halibut Regulations for Washington, Oregon, and California (IPHC Area 2A)

AreaDescription

Quota (lbs)

Dates

# Days/Week
(Days of Week)

Status

Puget Sound WA

East of Sekiu River
(WDFW Marine Areas 5-10)

57,393

May 7
May 12-14
May 26-29
1 (SA)
3 (TH-SA)
4 (TH-SU)
Closed
North Coast, WA Sekiu River mouth to Queets River
(Closed area SW of Cape Flattery)
(WDFW Marine Areas 3-4)
108,030 May 7
May 12, 141
May 281
Jun 11
Jun 23
1(SA)
2 (TH & SA)
2 (TH & SA)
 Closed
South Coast, WA Queets River to Leadbetter Point
(WDFW Marine Area 2)
All depths
40,739 May 1-11 2 (SU & TU) Closed
Queets River to Leadbetter Point
(Nearshore)2
2,000 May 1 - May 20 7 (MO-SU) Closed
Columbia River3
WA/OR
Leadbetter Pt. to Cape Falcon
(WDFW Marine Area 1, OR)
All depth
10,509 May 1 - Sep 301 4 (TH-SU) Closed
Leadbetter Pt. to Cape Falcon
(WDFW Marine Area 1, OR)
Nearshore fishery3
500 May 2 - Sep 301 3 (MO-WE) Closed
Central Coast OR3 Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt
All depths - Spring fishery
130,038

May 12-14
May 19-21
May 26-28
Jun 2-4
Jun 17-18

3 (TH-SA)  Closed
Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt
All depths - Summer fishery
51,603 Aug 5-6
**
2 (FR-SA)
Alternate weeks
 Closed
Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt
Nearshore4
24,769 Jun 1 - Oct 311 7 (MO-SU)  Closed
South Coast OR South of Humbug Mt. to OR/CA border 8,605 May 1 - Oct 311 7 (MO-SU)  Closed
California All waters off California 29,640 May 1 - May 15
Jun 1 - Jun 15
Jul 1 - Jul 15
Aug 1 - Aug 15
Sep 1 - Oct 311
7 (MO-SU)  Closed
NOTE: For all areas, there is a daily bag limit of one (1) fish of any size unless otherwise noted.
** - Dates and re-openings to be announced by IPHC (www.iphc.int) and NMFS (NMFS hotline 1-800-662-9825;#5;#1)
1 Season open until ending date shown or until the subarea quota is attained, whichever occurs first
2 Restricted to waters inside the 30-fathom boundary line.
3 Restrictions on groundfish retention apply in this area. Check state regulations.
4 Restricted to waters inside the 40-fathom boundary line.