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  South Coast
Recreational Halibut
Marine Area 2, Westport
Season Total: 42,739
Primary: 40,739
Nearshore: 2,000

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survivability of released rockfish
- 2014 Catch Sharing Plan
- Canadian Halibut Regulations
- International Pacific Halibut Commission
- Release Methods for Rockfish
- Ocean Lingcod Seasons
Marine Areas 1-3:
March 15-October 18, 2014
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler.

Marine Area 4:
April 16-October 15, 2014
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

- Halibut Fishery Summaries

2014 South Coast Recreational Halibut


  • South Coast (Marine Area 2): Open Sunday, May 4, 2 days/week, Sunday and Tuesday for three consecutive weeks. The primary fishery is closed May 25 and 27. If sufficient quota remains the fishery will open the following Sunday and/or Tuesday and continue until the quota is achieved, or September 30, whichever occurs first. The northern nearshore area will be open on May 4, and continue 7-days per week until the nearshore quota is reached or September 30, whichever occurs first.
  • In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction. Anglers must record their catch on a WDFW catch record card.
  • Check for additional information as the season progresses under the Current Season Information and Updates page.

Bottomfish Restriction Areas

Northern Nearshore Area
Marine Area 2 Bottomfish Restrictions
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Recreational fishing for bottomfish, except rockfish, is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 30-fm (55-m) depth contour from March 15 through June 15 except that retention of sablefish and Pacific cod is permitted seaward of the 30-fm (55-m) depth contour May 1 through June 15.  The retention of canary and yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.

The 30 fathom depth contour is described by the coordinates below:

  • 47°31.70'N. lat., 124°37.03'W. long.
  • 47°25.67'N. lat., 124°34.79'W. long.
  • 47°12.82'N. lat., 124°29.12'W. long.
  • 46°52.94'N. lat., 124°22.58'W. long.
  • 46°44.18'N. lat., 124°18.00'W. long.
  • 46°38.17'N. lat., 124°15.88'W. long.

The retention of lingcod seaward of the 30 fathom line is allowed on days that the primary halibut season is open.

The retention of lingcod is prohibited south of 46°58 N. Lat. and seaward of 30 fathoms on Fridays and Saturdays from July 1 through August 31.

Recreational fishing for, retention or possession of lingcod is prohibited seaward of a line extending from 47°31.70'N. lat., 124°45.00'W. long. south to 46°38.17'N. lat., 124°30.00'W. long. year-round, except that lingcod may be taken, retained and possessed seaward of the line on days open during the primary halibut season.

Halibut and Bottomfish Closure Areas

It is prohibited to fish for, retain, or possess bottomfish and halibut in the South Coast Recreational YRCA and the Westport Offshore YRCA. Salmon anglers may not fish for salmon with bottomfish aboard in these areas:

South Coast YRCA

  • 46º58.00’ N, 124º48.00’W, and continuing to
  • 46º55.00’ N, 124º48.00’W, then to
  • 46º55.00’ N, 124º49.00’W, then to
  • 46º58.00’ N, 124º49.00’W, and back to the point of origin

Westport Offshore YRCA

  • 46º54.30’N, 124º53.40’W and continuing to
  • 46º54.30’N, 124º51.00’W, then to
  • 46º53.30’N, 124º51.00’W, then to
  • 46º53.30’N, 124º53.40’W, and back to the point of origin