Pacific Halibut Sport Regulations

The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission will finalize the 2019 sport halibut seasons on April 19.

Changes are bold italicized.

Inseason changes can be found on the NMFS Hotline (1-800-662-9825; #5; #1) and by text/e-mail subscription. 

Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Pt., WA, to Cape Falcon)

Nearshore Season.......... quota = 500 lbs

All-Depth Season............ quota = 14,627 lbs

 

Central Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.)

Nearshore Season.......... quota = 32,591 lbs

All-Depth Seasons........... quota = 239,001 lbs

 

Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt. to OR/CA border)

Quota = 11,322 lbs

 

Statewide Regulations 

  • It is mandatory to have a descending device onboard the vessel when fishing for or having in possession any groundfish species or Pacific halibut, and to use the device when releasing any rockfish species when fishing outside of 30 fathoms.
  • Daily bag limit: 1 Pacific halibut. Annual limit: 6. No length limit.
  • Pacific halibut possession limit: 1 daily limit at sea, 3 daily limits on land.
  • Fathom lines and conservation areas are defined by waypoints.
  • Pacific halibut seasons are managed and enforced based on port of landing. Halibut may only be landed at ports located within areas currently open to halibut retention, regardless of area of catch.
  • North of Hambug Mt.: During days open to all-depth halibut fishing, only salmon (as regulations allow), sablefish, Pacific cod, flatfish species (soles, flounders, sanddabs and turbots), tuna and most other offshore pelagic species may be in possession or landed when Pacific halibut are onboard the vessel, during periods when the bottomfish fishery is restricted by depth (Apr-Sept). During days closed to all-depth halibut fishing, retention of groundfish (as regulations allow; including other species of flatfish outside of the seasonal depth restriction) is permitted when Pacific halibut are onboard.
  • South of Humbug Mt.: When angling for Pacific halibut outside of the 40-fathom line, only salmon (as regulations allow), sablefish, Pacific cod, flatfish species (soles, flounders, sanddabs & turbots), tuna and most other offshore pelagic species may be in possession or landed when Pacific halibut are onboard the vessel.It is unlawful to fish for or take and retain any species while possessing onboard any species not allowed to be taken in that area at the time.
  • Anglers are advised to consult the 2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for General (statewide), Zone, and Special Regulations prior to fishing.

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