Middle Bank Halibut Fishing Map, Washington State

Some of Washington Stateís best halibut fishing can be found at Middle Bank, right on the British Columbia border. In fact, both sides produce well for halibut anglers. The Purple line in the chart shows the border, which takes a hard left, giving anglers a good area to prospect for halibut. As you can see, the blue water is the shallow area of Middle Bank, while the white water is deeper. Halibut move shallow and deep, depending on tide and bait. Typically though, if the tide is strong, meaning it has lots of flow, go shallow. When the tide is weak, with less flow fish deeper.

Fishing in Canadian waters you will need a B.C. Saltwater Fishing License. These licenses can be purchased online, and are good for these waters. https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm

If you purchase an online license you are prohibited from fishing Areas 23, 121 & 123. Your online license will enable you to fish the inside waters of Vancouver Island all the way to the other side of Neah Bay.

If you do fish Canadian waters, BEWARE! You MUST call 1-888-CAN-Pass (226-7277) at least two hours prior to entering Canadian waters if you are a NEXUS card holder. Non NEXUS card holders, in other words, most of us, MUST call upon entering Canadian waters. After several phone calls today to Canadian Customs, they did confirm that ANCHORING in Canada while halibut fishing is fine. Thatís great news for all halibut anglers. FYI, you can purchase a 1 day, 3 day, 5 day or annual B.C. Saltwater fishing license.

Effective Apr. 1, 2014 until further notice:

  • The maximum length is 133 cm. (52.3622 inches)
  • The daily limit is 1.
  • The possession limit is 2, only one of which may be greater than 90cm in length.
  • Annual limit of 6 halibut per license holder as authorized under the 2014/2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing License.
  • For each halibut retained by the license holder, the date of capture, the Fisheries Management Area from which it was caught and its length shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2014-2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing License.

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