Immediate Regulation Changes Take Effect In Washington
Most of the Washington coast will open to recreational lingcod fishing March 12, a week earlier than the date listed in the state?s 2010/2011 sport fishing rules pamphlet.
Heather Reed, coastal policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the opening date for the lingcod fishery in Marine Areas 1-3 south of Cape Alava was changed to conform to federal rules.
The fishing season in those areas will run through Oct. 15 as previously planned.
The season dates will remain unchanged in Marine Area 4, which will be open for lingcod fishing from April 16 through Oct. 15.
There is a 22-inch minimum size limit and a two-fish daily catch limit for lingcod in Marine Areas 1-3. In Marine Area 4, there is a 24-inch minimum size limit and a two-fish daily limit for lingcod.
In addition to these changes, WDFW also lowered the possession limit for bottomfish from 15 to 12, effective immediately. The 12 fish in the aggregate limit of all species may include no more than 2 cabezon per person per day in addition to current daily sub-limits for rockfish (10) and lingcod (2).
It is considered unlawful for any person to retain or possess more than 12 bottomfish species for personal use per day.
Locations affected by the regulation change include Marine Areas 1, 2, 3 and Marine Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line.
Anglers must have a current Washington fishing license. Check the current WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet or the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage at //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500; press 2 for recreational rules; call the Shellfish Rule Change hotline, (360) 796-3215, or toll free 1 (866) 880-5431.
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