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Sport Pacific Halibut

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  • The Central Coast Spring all-depth halibut fishery is closed.  Not enough quota remains for any back-up dates.  The remaining quota (1,486 lbs) from the spring all-depth fishery will be rolled over to the summer all-depth fishery.

  • The Central Coast Nearshore fishery opened July 1, seven days per week.
  • The Central Coast summer all-depth fishery opens August 7-8, every other Friday and Saturday.
  • The Columbia River Subarea nearshore halibut fishery is open 7 days a week beginning Monday, June 15.

  • The Columbia River Subarea all-depth halibut season is closed for the remainder of 2015. Landings have approached the quota and not enough remains for any additional all-depth days. News release 

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Barn Door or Chicken?

Q:  I caught a 34" Pacific halibut last week. How does my fish compare to others?

A:  The chart below shows that 8% of the Pacific halibut sampled by ODFW in 2014 were 34 inches. If you catch a 50"+ halibut, you'll be in the top 2% in recent years.  

halibut legnth frequency chart

 

Q:  What's the largest Pacific halibut sampled by ODFW in the Oregon sport fishery?

A:  68.5 inches (see table below). That's a barn door.

 
  2014 through June SInce 2001
Subarea Average Maximum Maximum (Year Caught)
Columbia River 35" 50" 59" (2006)
Central Coast 36" 56" 68.5" (2006 in Newport)
Southern Oregon 37" 56" 62" (2013)


Q:  How much do the halibut weigh this year?
 Click here for average weights (pdf)

 


Underwater Glimpse

halibut escape

Watch a Pacific halibut escape from a commercial pink shrimp trawler. (1.3 mb) Requires Windows Media Player

This video was taken in 2005 during ODFW research to reduce fishery bycatch of small flatfish and juvenile rockfish using a BRD, or bycatch reduction device.

Check out this entertaining and informative video on rockfish recompression.

More Information

The International Pacific Halibut Commission has a wealth of information on its web site.

Contacts

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Lynn.Mattes@state.or.us
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Patrick Mirick
Assistant Project Leader
Patrick.P.Mirick@state.or.us
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x223

 

 

 

 

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