NEWPORT – Excellent weather and hungry halibut combined last weekend to push past the quota for the spring all-depth Pacific halibut fishery. Fishery managers closed the fishery today until Aug. 2.
“Last weekend the halibut fishing was excellent,” said Lynn Mattes, ODFW’s project leader for halibut. “Calm seas allowed a lot of folks the opportunity to fish and many of them were successful.”
The spring all-depth Pacific halibut fishery for the central coast subarea (from Cape Falcon south to Humbug Mountain) was open 15 days over five different periods, resulting in the harvest of approximately 145,000 pounds of Pacific halibut.
The summer all-depth fishery will open Aug. 2 with a quota of approximately 24,000 pounds. The summer season for the central coast all-depth fishery is scheduled to be open every other Friday and Saturday until the all-depth quota is taken or Oct. 26, whichever comes first.
Fishing for halibut on the central coast is still allowed three days per week (Thursday through Saturday) inside the 40-fathom line until the quota is reached or Oct. 31. On the north coast (from Leadbetter Point, Wash., to Cape Falcon) halibut fishing is open Friday through Sunday until the quota is taken. On the south coast (south of Humbug Mountain) the halibut fishery is open through Oct. 31. For the latest season information visit http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/halibut/index.asp.
More details on regulations can be found at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/halibut/index.asp or in the booklet 2013 Oregon Sport Ocean Regulations for Salmon, Halibut and other Marine Species. General regulations can be found in the 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.