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Management of the Pacific halibut sport fishery


  • Public input opportunity. ODFW will host a virtual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6-7:30 p.m. to get public feedback on recreational Pacific halibut regulations under consideration for 2022. Groundfish will also be discussed. News release

    Check back here a few days before the meeting for presentation slides and an online survey for people unable to attend the meeting.

  • October 31 is the final day of the halibut fishery in the central and south oregon subareas.

  • The daily bag limit is TWO Pacific halibut (six annual) in the central coast and south Oregon subareas.

    ATTENTION anglers with a daily or multi-day license who keep two halibut in one day:

    1. Record the first halibut on the paper tag or MyODFW app as usual.

    2. Record the second halibut in any open space on the paper tag, or if e-tagging, record on any paper. News release

Seasons and regulations sheet (pdf) 9/20/2021 revision for Columbia River

Estimates through October 10

2022 ||  Follow the process for developing next year's season.



As odd as it may seem (considering where they spend most of their time), Pacific halibut are not a groundfish species, nor are they included in the Pacific Fishery Management Council's groundfish fishery management plan.

Past season and regulation sheets

Setting the seasons

Economic reports


Annual reports from ODFW to IPHC

Catch sharing plans

  • The Catch Sharing Plan (CSP) is the framework by which Paciific halibut are managed during the year and includes:

    • Allocation (between fisheries and between geographical subareas within fisheries)
    • Seasons (opening and closing dates, open days of the week)
    • Bag limits
    • Length limits
    • Regulation changes allowed inseason

  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013      
  • 2012       
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004

Each file above is 12-14 pages (pdf).

Who does what in Pacific halibut management?

Agency Tasks

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

  • Solicits public input about regulations (seasons, bag limits, etc.)
  • Makes recommendations to the National Marine Fisheries Service and Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • Samples the sport fishery and produces landing estimates

International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC)

  • Sets annual harvest levels
  • Conducts Pacific halibut research and stock assessments

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

  • Approves and publishes the Catch Sharing Plan and implements managment measures
  • Makes inseason regulatory changes

Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC)

  • Adopts changes to the Catch Sharing Plan

ODFW Contacts

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
(541) 857-2553
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
(541) 857-2531




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