The Oregon Seal Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
 
2008 PACIFIC HALIBUT SPORT SEASONS IN OREGON
11/6/2008
  • Statewide daily bag limit is 1 fish unless noted otherwise, no length limit; annual limit is 6 fish
  • Possession limit: 1 daily limit at sea, 3 daily limits on land
  • It is unlawful to fish for or take and retain any species while possessing on board any species not allowed to be taken in that area at the time.
  • Anglers are advised to consult the 2008 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for General (statewide), Zone, and Special Regulations prior to fishing.
  • Inseason updates are bold and in red.
LEADBETTER PT. (WA) TO CAPE FALCON
During days open to halibut fishing, most species may not be taken and retained, possessed or landed when Pacific halibut are onboard the vessel except salmon (using authorized methods during authorized seasons), sablefish, Pacific cod, tuna and most other offshore pelagic species are allowed.
Spring season. Open May 1, seven days per week, through the earlier of 13,133 lbs. or July 20. Closed after June 1.   Summer season. Opens Aug. 1, Fri.-Sun, through the earlier of 5,629 lbs or Sept. 28. Open Aug. 1-2. Open Aug. 22-23. Open Aug. 29.
CAPE FALCON TO HUMBUG MT.
During days open to all-depth halibut fishing, most species may not be taken and retained, possessed or landed when Pacific halibut are onboard the vessel except salmon (using authorized methods during authorized seasons), sablefish, tuna and most other offshore pelagic species are allowed.
Nearshore Season
Open May 1, seven days per week, inside the 40-fathom line (defined by waypoints) through the earlier of 18,502 lbs. or Oct. 31. Daily bag limit of two on Sept. 13-14 and Sept. 20-21. Then open daily, one fish per day, through Oct. 31.
All-Depth Seasons
The Stonewall Bank YRCA (about 15 miles west of Newport and defined by waypoints) is closed to Pacific halibut fishing. Vessels possessing Pacific halibut are prohibited from fishing in the Stonewall Bank YRCA.
Spring season: Open May 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31; and June 12-14. All backup dates open, i.e., June 26-28, July 10-12, July 24-26. Catch limit 159,577 lbs.  

Summer season: Open Aug. 1-3.
Then open every Fri.-Sun. through Sept. 7. Open Sat.-Sun., Sept. 13-14 and 20-21, two halibut per day. Open Sat., Sept. 27, one halibut per day. Total subarera all-depth catch limit 212,769 lbs.

Open dates announced on the NMFS hotline (1-800-662-9825; #5; #1) and posted at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP.
SOUTH OF HUMBUG MT. THROUGH CALIF.
Open May 1, seven days per week, through Oct. 31.

Contact ODFW Marine Resources Program at (541) 867-4741 for more information
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