The 2013 halibut fishing opening has been announced by DFO. The announcement is a little controversial in the recreational fishing community because of the extra restrictions it adds:
- Mar.15-Mar.30: no size limit, 1 halibut per day, 2 in possession; only one may be greater than 83cm
- April 1-season end: maximum length 126cm (approximately 60 pounds)
- 2nd halibut in possession must be under 83cm (approximately 15 pounds)
- Maximum 6 halibut per license annually.
The Canadian Total Allowable Catch has decreased, so these measures have been brought in an attempt to keep the recreational fishing season open longer.
That isn’t as good as prior years, but at least there will be an opportunity to fish for these great white fish.
See you out in Port Renfrew for a fishing trip soon!