NEWPORT, ORE. – Halibut anglers took most of the remaining spring quota off the central Oregon coast during last week’s all-depth sport halibut opening. No more all-depth days will be scheduled until the opening of the summer all-depth season Aug. 7.
“Halibut fishers caught all but 1,800 pounds of the spring quota last week,” said Lynn Mattes, sport halibut assistant project leader for ODFW. “The 1,800 pounds will be rolled into the summer all-depth season.”
Fishing for Pacific halibut inside the 40-fathom line on the central coast continues to be open seven days a week until a separate quota of 14,407 pounds is attained or Oct. 31, which ever comes first.
The spring all-depth season for the central coast area – from Cape Falcon (30 miles south of the Columbia River) to Humbug Mountain (south of Port Orford) – opened May 14 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only. It could have closed as early as June 6 if the 124,261-pound quota had been taken.
The central coast all-depth fishery summer season opens Aug. 7 and is scheduled to be open every other Friday through Sunday until the combined spring and summer season all-depth quota of 165,681 pounds is taken or Oct. 31, whichever comes first.
The daily Pacific halibut bag limit is one fish and there is no minimum length. The possession limit is one daily limit at sea and three daily limits on land. The annual limit is six fish per angler.
For more details on regulations.
2009 Oregon Sport Ocean Regulations for Salmon, Halibut and other Marine Species booklet.
General regulations can be found in the 2009 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.