Halibut Dates Recommended

ODFW staff recommended sport halibut dates available:

Based on input received via phone, email, at Monday night’s public meeting, and an online survey, ODFW staff are recommending 15 fixed days for the Central Oregon Coast spring all-depth fishery, skipping weeks with adverse tides (morning low tides greater than -1.0 feet).  The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will finalize these dates at their meeting on April 21.

Spring fixed dates:  May 11-13, May 18-20, June 1-3, June 8-10, and June 15-17.

Back-up dates (if quota remains):  June 29-July 1, July 13-15, and July 27-29.

The other seasons openings are:

Columbia River Subarea

All-depth:  opens Thursday May 4, Thurs-Sun, every week through the earlier of the quota or Sept 30

Nearshore:  opens Monday, May 8, every Mon-Wed through the earlier of the quota or Sept 30


Central Oregon Coast Subarea
Summer All-depth:  opens Aug 4-5, every other Fri-Sat through the earlier of the quota or Oct 31

Nearshore:  opens June 1, seven days per week through the earlier of the quota or Oct 31


Southern Oregon Subarea:  opens May 1, seven days per week through the earlier of the quota or Oct 31


New in 2017:  Descending devices are mandatory.  Any vessel fishing for or possessing bottomfish or Pacific halibut is required to have onboard a rockfish descending device, and use to release all rockfish deeper outside of 30 fathoms.  Information on descending devices and rockfish recompression can be found on ODFW’s rockfish recompression webpage.

A  map with the season dates and additional information can be found on the Sport Pacific Halibut webpage at:  http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/halibut/seasonmaps/2017_hbt_map.pdf

Information provided by ODFW