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Mussel harvest is closed from the south jetty of the Coquille River to the CA border.

Effective 9/19 to 12/31, Chinook and coho retention are open from Buoy 10 to the Hwy 395 bridge.

Crabbing open to nonresidents from Cape Falcon south.

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.


Pacific halibut almost always have their eyes on the right side of their bodies.

Features: Their eyed-side is greenish-brown to dark brown or black with lighter blotches. Their blind side is white to milky-white. They have a large, stout but flat body, shaped like an elongated diamond . Pacific halibut have been known to reach 500 pounds, but on average are 40 pounds.

Habitat: Halibut are a large flatfish and so they spend much time near the bottom of the ocean looking above for food. They prefer chilly water and are primarily found in the Gulf of Alaska. 

Technique: Boat anglers use heavy rods to fish on or near gravel bottoms in water 150-500 feet deep. Halibut are enticed by large herring, jigs, spoons or shrimp flies deployed on wire or very heavy monofilament leaders. When halibut are in shallower waters they will hunt by sight and sound, but when they are in deeper water they primarily hunt by smell.