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2018 Season

Seasons and Regulations

rev 6/6 for Columbia River



through June 10


See the Seasons and Regulations sheet for more details about the fisheries listed below. The quotas for 2018 are about 10% less than last year but similar to 2016.

Columbia River Subarea

  • NEW (6/5/18). The all-depth halibut fishery in this subarea will be OPEN one more day, on Thursday, June 21.

  • The nearshore halibut in this subarea is now open 7 days a week until the nearshore quota is taken.

Central Coast Subarea

  • Spring all-depth halibut will next be open June 21-23. Additional days may be open (July 5-7, July 19-21) if sufficient quota remains. The summer all-depth halibut fishery is scheduled to open on Aug. 3-4.

  • Nearshore halibut is open 7 days a week. ATTN anglers! June 21-23 are all-depth days, so the all-depth halibut regulations (no retention of most species of groundfish if halibut are on board) must be followed even for halibut anglers fishing nearshore.

Southern Oregon Subarea is open 7 days a week.

Descending devices are mandatory

Any vessel fishing in the ocean for, or possessing, bottomfish (aka groundfish) 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.

More about rockfish recompression and descending devices (

Make a device from a Fish Grip™ (pdf)

Cold spots for yelloweye rockfish. See a map for recommended soft-bottom areas for catching halibut with low bycatch of yelloweye rockfish out of Newport and Depoe Bay.

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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).  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
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x266





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