Recreational Halibut Update
Central Oregon Coast Spring All-Depth Closed
Columbia River Subarea
All-Depth and Nearshore—closed for the remainder of 2016. The entire subarea quota has been caught.
Central Oregon Coast Subarea
Spring All-Depth season— after an additional two-day opener, the total landings are 132,097 pounds; 23,983 pounds landed this last week. This is 2,059 pounds over the spring allocation. Therefore, there will be no additional Spring All-Depth back-up dates. The Spring All-Depth fishery is closed for the remainder of 2016.
The success rate for anglers once again varied by port, with a coast-wide average of 60%. Anglers out of Garibaldi had the lowest success rates (20%), while anglers out of Charleston (70%) had the highest. Average size of fish landed last week was approximately 25 pounds round weight. For the spring all-depth fishery this year, the average size was approximately 24 pounds round weight, which is roughly the same as in 2015.
Summer All-Depth Season—opens August 5-6. If quota remains after those dates, the summer all-depth season can be open every other Friday and Saturday. Quota = 49,544 pounds.
Nearshore Season— opened June 1, seven days per week. There has been 3,644 pounds landed so far. This leaves 21,125 (85%) of the quota remaining. The average weight of fish landed last week was approximately 25 pounds round weight.
South of Humbug Mountain subarea—there has been a total of 956 pounds landed. This leaves 7,649 pounds (89 %) of the quota remaining. The average size of landed fish so far this season has been approximately 28 pounds round weight.