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Welcome to 2021-22 Washington Fishing

2021 Washington Fishing Regulations Cover

What's New

  • The retention of 5 flatfish, in excess of the 9 bottomfish daily limit, is now allowed in Marine Areas 1 through 4 (West of Bonilla-Tatoosh line). The additional 5 flatfish do not count toward the daily bottomfish limit.
  • Previous recreational fishing closures within Marine Area 2 referred to as the Washington South Coast and the Westport Offshore Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Areas (YRCA) are no longer in effect and will be open to recreational fishing. However, yelloweye rockfish is still closed statewide to recreational harvest.
  • Within Marine Areas 3 and 4 (West of Bonilla-Tatoosh line), the retention of the following species are now allowed seaward of 120’ (20 fathoms) on days open to the recreational halibut fishery: Pacific cod, sablefish, lingcod, bocaccio rockfish, silvergray rockfish, canary rockfish, widow rockfish, and yellowtail rockfish.
  • In Marine Area 1, anglers are allowed to retain sablefish, Pacific cod, yellowtail rockfish, widow rockfish, canary rockfish, redstriped rockfish, greenstriped rockfish, slivergray rockfish, chilipepper, bocaccio, and blue/deacon rockfish and lingcod retained north of the Washington – Oregon border on all-depth halibut days.