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2016 Season

  • 2016 season map with staff-recommended dates. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will finalize the sport halibut seasons at its meeting on April 22.

  • At its annual meeting (ending on Jan. 29), the International Pacific Halibut Commission recommended an annual 2016 catch limit for Area 2A (Oregon, Washington and California) of 1.14 million pounds (up from 0.97 million pounds in 2015).

  • Follow the process for developing the 2016 season.



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Barn Door or Chicken?

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.  

halibut legnth frequency chart


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 SInce 2001
Subarea Average Maximum Maximum (Year Caught)
Columbia River 35" 50" 59" (2006)
Central Coast 36" 56" 68.5" (2006 in Newport)
Southern Oregon 37" 56" 62" (2013)


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.


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






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