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2018 Season

Seasons and regulations


through Sept. 30



The process for development of the 2019 sport halbut fishery can be followed here.


See the seasons and regulations sheet for more details about the fisheries listed below.

Columbia River subarea

  • All sport halibut fishing in this subarea is closed for the remainder of the year.

Central Oregon coast subarea

  • All-depth halibut in this subarea is closed for the remainder of the year.

  • Nearshore halibut is open 7 days a week. 

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.


Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
(541) 867-0300 x237
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
(541) 867-0300 x266





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