Pacific Halibut Sport Season

The 2021 Pacific halibut sport seasons and regulations were recently adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission:

  • Columbia River Subareas (Leadbetter Pt., WA to Cape Falcon, OR:

  • Nearshore season: Open Mondays through Wednesdays inside the 40-fathom line off the Oregon coast beginning May 10 until the 500-pound quota is met or through Sept. 30.

  • All-depth season: Open dates are Thursdays and Sundays beginning Thursday, May 6 through Thursday May 27. If the 18,162-pound quota is not met, the fishery will open June 3 every Thursday and Sunday until quota is reach or Sept. 30.

  • Central Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain:

  • Nearshore season: Opens Saturday, May 1 inside the 40-fathom line daily until the quota (32,808 pounds) is met or through Oct. 31.

  • Spring all-depth season: Open May 13-15 and 20-22; June 3-5, 10-12, 17-19; and July 1-3. If the 172,244-pound quota is not met back-up dates are July 15-17 and 29-31.

  • Summer all-depth season: Open Aug. 5-7 and every other Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until the 68,351-pound quota is met or Oct. 31

  • Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mountain to OR/CA border): Open daily beginning May 1 until the 8,000-pound quota is met or through Oct. 31.

For a map of the subareas, click here.

Pacific halibut regulations:

  • Pacific halibut anglers must have a descending device onboard the vessel and use it to release any rockfish species when fishing 30 fathoms or deeper.

  • Anglers can keep one Pacific halibut daily, six per year.

  • The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (YRCA) located in the Central Coast Subarea is closed to Pacific halibut fishing.

  • Anglers on vessels possessing Pacific halibut or bottomfish are prohibited from fishing in the Stonewall Bank YRCA even when targeting legal species (salmon and tuna).

*New regulations this year:

  • During May, September and October:

  • Bottomfish may be combined with all-depth Pacific halibut on days open to all-depth halibut.

  • Longleader gear fishing cannot be combined with all-depth halibut fishing.

  • During June, July and August:

  • Only sablefish, Pacific cod and other flatfish species (no other bottomfish species) can be combined with all-depth halibut except for longleader fishing as noted below.

  • The trip can be combined with offshore longleader fishing provided:

  • Longleader fishing must take place outside of 40 fathoms

  • Once rockfish are on board, no further halibut fishing is allowed.

See Pacific halibut sport regulations for more information.

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