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Pacific Halibut anglers gear up for big weekend
May 10, 2011


NEWPORT, Ore. – Three of the biggest fishing days so far this year may well be Thursday, Friday and Saturday when all-depth halibut fishing opens on the central coast.

If weather and ocean conditions permit, hundreds of boats leave ports along the Oregon central coast to fish deep for Pacific halibut. While fishing inside 40 fathoms is open seven days a week while the season lasts, most anglers find success in deeper water – sometimes as deep as 600 feet or more.

Depth regulations and dates for the Pacific halibut season are different depending on which area of the coast anglers fish:

  • Central coast fishery, from Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford: Anglers may fish inside the 40-fathom line (defined by waypoints) is open seven days per week, May 1 through Oct. 31 or until the 13,800-pound quota is met. The all-depth fixed dates for the spring season are May 12-14, 26-28, June 2-4 and 9-11. Backup days are June 23-25, July 7-9 and 21-23. The spring catch limit is 115,578 pounds. The summer season opens every other Friday and Saturday (Aug. 5-6, 19-20, Sept. 2-3, 16-17, 30-Oct. 1, 14-15 and 28-29) until the entire central coast, all-depth season combined (spring and summer) quota of 158,705 pounds is taken or Oct. 29, which ever occurs first.
  • Columbia River fishery, from Leadbetter Point, Wash., to Cape Falcon, Ore.: The spring season for this area opened May 5, three days per week, Thursday-Saturday, until the 10,793-pound quota is met or July 16, whichever occurs first. The summer fishery opens Aug. 5, three days per week, Friday-Sunday, until Sept. 30 or the spring and summer combined quota of 15,418 pounds is met
  • South of Humbug Mountain the season opened May 1 and is open seven days a week through Oct. 31.

For a complete listing of open dates and areas



Brandon Ford (541) 867-4741
Fax: (541) 867-0311

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