Did you know halibut absolutely LOVE trout? They do and it is one of the best baits you can use to attract halibut to your hook.
Recently I posted this picture of sport-caught trout from a local lake with the title, “Perfect sized trout for halibut bait.”
As you can imagine, several private messages pinged my phone telling me it is illegal to use sport-caught trout for halibut. However, I knew better but decided to be cautious and e-mail WDFW Fishing Regs via this address email@example.com
Here’s the e-mail I received today.
|from:||Fishing Regulations (DFW) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|to:||“John L. Beath”
|date:||May 14, 2020, 8:50 AM|
|subject:||RE: Halibut fishing bait question|
Good Morning John,
Yes, it is legal to use sport caught trout for bait for halibut.
Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife
Also note, in the Washington Department of Fish & Game Pamphlet, on page 4, second paragraph from bottom left it reads as follows under the “You May Not:”
“Use salmon, herring, or halibut for anything other than human consumption or fishing bait.”
Hopefully this settles the debate whether sport halibut anglers can use sport-caught trout, salmon, herring or halibut for fishing bait.
Good luck this season,
John L. Beath, editor, Halibut Chronicles.com