Central Coast Subarea:
all-depth halibut fishery will be (Friday and Saturday). open September 4-5
nearshore halibut fishery is open 7 days a week.
Columbia River Subarea: The nearshore halibut fishery is open 7 days a week.
Southern Oregon Subarea: Open 7 days a week
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Q: How much do the halibut weigh this year? Click here for average weights (pdf)
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.
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
Maximum (Year Caught)
(2006 in Newport)
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
International Pacific Halibut Commission has a wealth of information on its web site.