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  • The central coast subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt) will be open for all-depth halibut on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Attention! Most species may not be taken/retained/possessed/landed when Pacific halibut are onboard the vessel except salmon (as regulations allow), sablefish, Pacific cod, flatfish species (soles, flounders, sanddabs & turbots), tuna and most other offshore pelagic species are allowed during days open to all-depth halibut fishing, i.e., Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, even though sport groundfish will also be open at all depths beginning Oct. 1.



    2017 fisheries are under development

    Public meeting on Oct. 4. (Tuesday) in Newport at 6pm. This annual meeting, hosted by ODFW, provides the public an opportunity to discuss proposed changes for the 2017 halibut fisheries. Location: ODFW Conference Room, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport. The meeting will also be webcast.

    An online survey, meeting materials, and a link for the webcast will be available by Friday (9/30). 

    Follow and participate in the process

  • 2016 season map

  • Landing estimates through Sept. 18

  • Sport halibut fisheries are NOT affected by the 20-fathom inseason change to groundfish regulations effective July 15

  • Newport anglers | Seal Rock area. Watch out for research moorings (pdf)

  • Information on rockfish recompression and descending devices

  • Two new maps show recommended soft-bottom areas for halibut fishing with low yelloweye rockfish bycatch

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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).

 Subarea  Maximum (2001 through 2015)
 Columbia River  59.1" (August 2006)
 Central Coast  68.9" (September 2015 in Florence)
 Southern Oregon  61.8" (August 2013 in Brookings)

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.

ODFW Contacts

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Patrick Mirick
Assistant Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x223





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