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2017 Season

Central Coast subarea. Open for nearshore halibut seven days a week until the quota is reached.

Southern Oregon subarea. Open for halibut.

CLOSED. Columbia River subarea halibut fishery.  News release

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revised 8/28

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through Sept. 10


    Public meetings to discuss proposed changes.

    Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6-8 pm at the North Bend Public Library.

    Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6-8 pm at the Newport ODFW main conference room. This meeting will be webcast (details below).

    Check back here Thursday afternoon (Sept. 21) for:

      Background materials

      Online survey (to be open through Oct. 2)


    Webcast details:

    To join the NEWPORT meeting by webcast from your computer, tablet or smartphone, go to

    You can also dial in using your phone (not toll free). 1 (224) 501-3412

    Access Code: 939-817-925

Descending devices are mandatory (new in 2017)

Any vessel fishing in the ocean for, or possessing, bottomfish or halibut must have a functional descending device onboard. The device must be used when releasing any rockfish outside of 30 fathoms. A functional descending device is one that is ready to be used. There are a variety of commercially available descending devices, ranging in price from $5 to $60, and some anglers have developed homemade devices. 

Cold spots for Yelloweye Rockfish. These two maps show recommended soft-bottom areas for halibut with low yelloweye rockfish bycatch.

Saltwater Bulletins. Be among the first to receive halibut updates, including season changes and meeting notices. Subscribe here

Q:  What's the largest Pacific halibut sampled by ODFW in the Oregon sport fishery?

A:  68.9 inches in the central coast subarea (see table below).  Source: ODFW sample data, 2001 - May 21, 2017.

 Subarea Length
 Columbia River  59.1" Landed August 2006
 Central Coast  68.9" Landed September 2015 in Florence
 Southern Oregon  61.8" Landed August 2013 in Brookings

More Information

The International Pacific Halibut Commission has a wealth of information on its web site.

Who to Contact

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x266





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