The Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR) recreational all-depth halibut fishery will be closing at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018. The allocation of 11,182 pounds is anticipated to have been taken by that time. The Columbia River Subarea all-depth fishery will then be closed for the remainder of 2018.
The Columbia River Subarea recreational nearshore fishery remains open Monday-Wednesday, until September 30 or the 500 pound set-aside has been harvested.
Other Pacific halibut areas/fisheries
The Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) spring all-depth season fixed open dates are: May 10-12, May 24-26, June 7-9, and June 21-23. Following June 23rd, if quota remains, additional back-up dates may be available.
The Central Oregon Coast Subarea nearshore fishery opens June 1, seven days per week. During days open to both nearshore and all-depth halibut fishing, all-depth rules and regulations apply.
The Central Oregon Coast Subarea summer all-depth fishery opens Aug 3-4, every other Friday and Saturday.
The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border) opened May 1, seven days per week.
REMINDER: Descending devices are mandatory for vessels fishing for or retaining halibut or bottomfish, and must be used when releasing any rockfish when fishing deeper than 30 fathoms.