ODFW is changing summer season opening dates for Pacific Halibut at all depths of the Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) to increase fishing opportunities at the line.
The summer season that begins August 5 will now be open every Thursday to Saturday (instead of every other Thursday to Saturday) until the quota is met or October 31.
âThe weather has not been cooperative so far this year with winds appearing to pick up on Wednesday evenings or Thursday mornings and starting to subside on Saturday nights during the weeks with all-depth openings. This has hampered the effort and catch of Pacific halibut and there are a lot of quotas left for this area, âsaid Lynn Mattes, Recreational Groundfish and Halibut Project Leader.
The littoral season in the central coastal subzone of Oregon and the southern subzone of Oregon remains unchanged.
For a map of the subzones, click here.
Pacific Halibut Regulations:
Pacific halibut fishermen must have a descent device on board the vessel and use it to release any species of redfish when fishing at 30 fathoms or more.
Fishermen can keep one Pacific halibut per day, six per year.
The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (YRCA) located in the Central Coast Subarea is closed to the Pacific Halibut fishery.
Anglers aboard vessels with Pacific halibut or groundfish are not permitted to fish in the Stonewall Bank YRCA, even when targeting legal species (salmon and tuna).
* New regulations this year:
In May, September and October:
Groundfish can be combined with Pacific Halibut at all depths on open days with Halibut at all depths.
Gear fishing at the bottom line cannot be combined with fishing for halibut at all depths.
In June, July and August:
Only sablefish, Pacific cod and other flatfish species (no other groundfish species) may be combined with halibut of any depth, with the exception of loin fishing as indicated below. below.
The trip can be combined with offshore fishing on condition:
Loin fishing must take place outside 40 fathoms
Once the rockfish are on board, no further halibut fishing is permitted.