2015 season map (pdf)
2015 landing estimates through May 17
The 2015 catch limit for Area 2a (Oregon, Washington and California) is 0.97 million pounds. For comparison, it was 0.96 million pounds for 2014.
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Q: I caught a 34" Pacific halibut last week. How does my fish compare to others?
A: The chart below shows that 8% of the Pacific halibut sampled by ODFW in 2014 were 34 inches. If you catch a 50"+ halibut, you'll be in the top 2% in recent years.
Q: What's the largest Pacific halibut sampled by ODFW in the Oregon sport fishery?
A: 68.5 inches (see table below). That's a barn door.
2014 through June
Maximum (Year Caught)
(2006 in Newport)
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Q: How much do the halibut weigh this year? average weights (pdf)
Watch a Pacific halibut escape from a commercial pink shrimp trawler. (1.3 mb) Requires Windows Media Player
This video was taken in 2005 during ODFW research to reduce fishery bycatch of small flatfish and juvenile rockfish using a BRD, or bycatch reduction device.
Check out this entertaining and informative . video on rockfish recompression
International Pacific Halibut Commission has a wealth of information on its web site.