Oregon Halibut Update.

Central Coast Summer All-Depth Halibut Season Opener Set for Aug. 17-18

Update through Week 31 (Aug. 5)

Columbia River Subarea

All-Depth—CLOSED.

Nearshore—CLOSED.

The entire subarea quota has been caught.

Central Oregon Coast Subarea

Summer All-Depth Season—During the August 3-4 opening there were 26,673 pounds landed. Fish had an average weight of 26 pounds round weight. Coast wide the success rate was 50-60%. There are 27,193 pounds (50.5%) of the allocation remaining. Therefore there is enough for August 17 and 18 to be open. This fishery can open every other Friday and Saturday until October 31 or the quota is caught, whichever comes first.

Nearshore Season— opened June 1, seven days per week. Through August 5 there has been a total of 18,353 pounds landed, leaving 7,503 pounds (29%) of the quota remaining. The average weight of landed fish so far this year has been approximately 25 pounds round weight. The average weight of fish landed last week were a bit smaller at approximately 23 pounds round weight.

South of Humbug Mountain subarea

There has been a total of 2,578 pounds landed. This leaves 6,404 pounds (71.3%) of the quota remaining. Average weight of fish landed so far has been approximately 32 pounds round weight.

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.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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