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Additional Day Allocated For Halibut Fishing On The Columbia

The Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, Wash. to Cape Falcon, Ore.) all-depth halibut fishery will be open for one additional day on Thursday, June 20 and the nearshore fishery will be open seven days per week starting June 6. After the most recent openings in Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has determined that there is enough quota remaining in the overall Washington recreational quota to have all Washington subareas, including the Columbia River Subarea, open on June 20.

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 Thursday, June 20 as well. The Columbia River Subarea nearshore fishery will be open seven days per week beginning June 6 until the quota is caught, or Sept. 30, whichever comes first. Days on which Pacific halibut fishing is open will be announced on the NOAA Fisheries hotline (1-800-662-9825) and posted on theODFW Marine Resources Program Website.

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