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Sport Pacific Halibut

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2017 Season

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Estimates

through June 18

 
  • Central Coast Subarea: The all-depth halibut fishery will be open June 29-July 1. After that opening, there will be an announcement made by noon on Friday, July 7, if enough quota remains for any additional back-up dates.

  • Columbia River Subarea: The NEARSHORE halibut fishery will be closed after Friday, June 23, for the year. The ALL-DEPTH halibut fishery is closed for the year.  News release

  • NEW—Descending Devices Are Mandatory
    Any vessel fishing in the ocean for, or possessing, bottomfish 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. 

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

  • Saltwater Bulletins. Be among the first to receive halibut updates, including season changes and meeting notices. Subscribe here


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
Lynn.Mattes@state.or.us
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
Christian.T.Heath@state.or.us
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x266

 

 

 

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