Oregon Spring All-Depth Sport Fishery Closed Until August
The estimated harvest from the recent June 19-21 opening in the Oregon Central Coast all-depth sport halibut fishery has resulted in a total of 113,229 pounds being landed. Not enough quota remains for any back-up dates. Therefore, the spring Central Coast all-depth sport halibut fishery is now closed. Sport halibut fishing will resume in the summer all-depth fishery scheduled for August 1-2.
Halibut anglers are reminded that the Oregon Central Coast nearshore (<40 fathom) will open on July 1, seven days per week until the quota is caught. Also, the Columbia River subarea remains open on a Thursday- Sunday schedule until the early season quota is caught or the summer fishery opens August 1. The South of Humbug subarea also is open seven days a week until October 31 or until its quota is reached. Each angler is allowed one fish per day of any size in these subareas.
More information is available at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/finfish/halibut/estimates/halcatch2014.asp.
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Bruce M. Leaman
Phone: (206) 634-1838
Fax: (206) 632-2983