Halibut Update through week 20 (May 20) there is not an all-depth halibut opener this week, June 1-3*

Halibut Update through week 20 (May 20)

*Correction; there is not an all-depth halibut opener this week, June 1-3*


HalibutColumbia 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.

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My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures. I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me. I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me! That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!

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