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2018 Season
Staff-recommended season map




2018 Season Dates as recommended by ODFW staff.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will finalize the seasons on April 20.

See the season map for details about the fisheries listed below.

Columbia River Subarea

  • All-depth halibut begins May 3. NEW - closed on Saturdays
  • Nearshore halibut begins May 7.

Central Coast Subarea

  • Spring all-depth halibut is scheduled to be open 12 FIXED days on May 10-12, May 24-26, June 7-9 and June 21-23.
  • Nearshore halibut begins June 1.

Southern Oregon Subarea begins May 1.

The Area 2A allocation for 2018 is 1,190,000 lbs (about 10% less than last year but similar to the 2016 allocation).

Descending devices are mandatory

Any vessel fishing in the ocean for, or possessing, bottomfish (aka groundfish) or halibut must have a functional descending device onboard. The device must be used when releasing any rockfish outside of 30 fathoms. A functional descending device is one that is ready to be used. There are a variety of commercially available descending devices, ranging in price from $5 to $60, and some anglers have developed homemade devices.

More about rockfish recompression and descending devices

Make a device from a Fish Grip™ (pdf)

Cold spots for yelloweye rockfish. See a map for recommended soft-bottom areas for catching halibut with low bycatch of yelloweye rockfish out of Newport and Depoe Bay.

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

A:  68.9 inches in the central coast subarea (see table below).  Source: ODFW sample data, 2001 - May 21, 2017.

 Subarea Length
 Columbia River  59.1" Landed August 2006
 Central Coast  68.9" Landed September 2015 in Florence
 Southern Oregon  61.8" Landed August 2013 in Brookings

More Information

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

Who to Contact

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x266





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