ODFW Announces Updates on Pacific Halibut Sport Fishing Season Openings – Tillamook County Pioneer

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NEWPORT, Ore – Fisheries managers from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the following decisions regarding the opening of the Pacific Halibut sport fishing season on Friday, April 24:
Columbia River any depth and nearshore: The opening of these seasons is postponed pending further consultation between ODFW and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). ODFW and WDFW manage this shared sub-area in close coordination, although each state may adopt different opening dates if necessary. The all-depth Columbia River season was originally scheduled to open on April 30 and the coastal season on May 4. ODFW will announce new opening dates once a decision has been made.

Source Central Coast any depth: The opening of this season is currently scheduled for May 14. Spring fishing at any depth in this area, from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain, normally experiences a high level of participation and seasonal changes may be required due to COVID-19 concerns, but no decision has been made. . done at this time. ODFW continues to assess conditions and will announce any changes to the opening date.
Coastline of the central coast: Opening on May 1st as planned. Unlike the deep-sea fishing season on the central coast, the inshore season does not normally attract large numbers of halibut fishermen over a short period, particularly at the start of the season.
Southern Oregon Subzone: Opening on May 1st as planned. Most boat launches and access points are open in this area that stretches from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California border, and the halibut fishery here is generally more involved. weak spread over time.
ODFW strongly recommends that fishermen follow Governor’s order Stay Home, Save Lives by maintaining social distancing guidelines and minimizing travel. Fishermen are expected to fish in destinations close to home, as the flood of visitors to coastal communities and other popular travel destinations in late March led in part to the governor’s decree.
Many boat launches and access points along the coast remain closed – fishermen are encouraged to ensure that any facilities they plan to use are open before setting out. Fishermen should also check for regulatory changes and announcements.


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