Halibut Update through week 20 (May 20)
*Correction; there is not an all-depth halibut opener this week, June 1-3*
Columbia River Subarea
All-Depth—CLOSED, not enough quota remains for additional openings.
Nearshore—there have been no landings in the Columbia River Subarea nearshore fishery yet. The remaining quota from the all-depth season has been added to the initial quota for a total of 1,217 lbs. Also beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, the nearshore fishery will be open 7 days per week until the quota is caught, or September 30, whichever is earlier.
Central Oregon Coast Subarea
Spring All-Depth season— through the first opener, May 10-12, the total landings are 6,194 pounds. This leaves 129,548 pounds or 95.4% of the spring all-depth quota remaining. The remaining “fixed” openings are May 24-26, June 7-9, and June 21-23.
Weather for the first set of fixed dates was not ideal and limited effort. For those that did make it out, fishing was reported to be a bit scratchy, with average success rate approximately 50%. Coastwide the average size was approximately 23 pounds round weight per fish.
Summer All-Depth Season—opens August 3-4, if quota remaining, can be open every other Friday and Saturday.
Nearshore Season— opens June 1, seven days per week. There is not an all-depth halibut opener on June 1-3. The next all-depth halibut opener is June 7-9. Days that are open to both nearshore and all-depth halibut fishing, all-depth regulations apply (no retention of most species of groundfish).
South of Humbug Mountain subarea—there has been a total of 570 pounds landed. This leaves 8,412 pounds (94 %) of the quota remaining.
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.