The Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) recreational Pacific halibut season will be closing at 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 30. The quota is anticipated to be met at that time.
Total landings through July 23 have been 26,073 pounds, leaving 2,824 pounds of the 28,897 quota remaining. There was 3,247 pounds landed last week (July 17-23), and 6,453 pounds the previous week (July 10-16). The average weight of landed fish last week was approximately 25 pounds round weight which is a bit down from the season average of 27-28 pounds round weight. Success rates last week averaged about 25% (2.5 fish for every 10 angler trips), which is just a little bit less than the season average of 30% (3 fish for every 10 angler trips).
Central Oregon Coast Summer All-Depth Season: Opens Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5. If additional quota remains, the season can be open every other Friday and Saturday until October 31, or quota attainment.
Note: the 2nd potential opening, August 18 and 19, is the weekend just prior to the Monday, August 21 eclipse. Lincoln County, Oregon (ports of Depoe Bay and Newport) is in the path of the eclipse, and it is anticipated that there will be many more visitors to the county than on an normal summer weekend (5-10 times as many). Additional information from Lincoln County on the eclipse can be found at: http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/total-solar-eclipse-august-21-2017
Southern Oregon Subarea: This fishery remains open with 9,058 pounds remaining on the allocation. This fishery is open 7 days per week until October 31, or quota attainment.