Halibut Update through Week 24 (June 5 – June 11)

Halibut Update through Week 24 (June 5 – June 11)

Columbia River Subarea

All-Depth— this fishery will be open for one additional day, this Saturday, June 17, 2017.
After the most recent openings in Washington, the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has determined that there is enough quota remaining in the Washington recreational quota to have all Washington subareas, including the Columbia River Subarea, open this Saturday. Since Washington and Oregon co-manage the Columbia River Subarea, and have license reciprocity, anglers fishing out of Oregon ports in the subarea will be allowed to participate in the all-depth halibut fishery on Saturday as well.

Following Saturday, June 17, the Columbia River Subarea All-Depth fishery will be closed for the remainder of 2017.

Nearshore— this fishery is open seven days a week and has a quota of 500 pounds.

The Columbia River Subarea Nearshore fishery will remain open until quota is caught, or September 30.

Central Oregon Coast Subarea

Spring All-Depth season— through the fourth opener, June 8-10, the total landings are 87,265 pounds. This leaves 64,447 pounds or 43% of the spring all-depth quota remaining. The remaining “fixed” openings are June 15-17. There will be an announcement by noon on Friday, June 23 if enough quota remains for any back-up dates to be open.

Angler success varied by port; ranging from 70% out of Newport to near 100% out of Charleston. Newport was the high effort port for the week and accounted for 68% of the total number of halibut. The remaining ports all had approximately an 80% success rate (8 fish landed for every 10 anglers). Average size of landed fish also varied by port from 16 pounds round weight in Pacific City to 27 pounds round weight in Newport. Coastwide the average weight was 24 pounds round weight.

Summer All-Depth Season—opens August 5-6, if quota remaining, can be open every other Friday and Saturday.

Nearshore Season— open as of June 1, 2017. The total landings through June 11 are 1,867 pounds. This leaves 27,030 pounds or 94% of the spring Nears quota remaining.

Angler success varied by port; ranging from a very low percentage out of Bandon to near 100% out of Garibaldi. Newport had a 30% success rate while landing 72% of the total number of halibut for the week. The remaining ports all had approximately a 20% success rate (2 fish landed for every 10 anglers). Coastwide the average weight was 32 pounds round weight.

Note that all-depth regulations have to be followed (no retention of most species of groundfish) during days open to both All-Depth and Nearshore halibut fishing.

South of Humbug Mountain subarea

There were no landings of halibut recorded in the South of Humbug Mountain subarea for week 24. This leaves 9,462 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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About Kent Cannon

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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