Pacific halibut sport regulations

Updated January 4, 2023

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2023 Recreational Pacific Halibut

The International Pacific Halibut Commission will set the 2023 quotas on Friday, January 27, 2023.

  • ODFW will be reaching out to anglers in early February to get input on the Central Oregon Coast Spring all-depth season dates.
  • Draft season dates will be available in early March 2023
  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will finalize the 2023 seasons at their April 21, 2023 meeting.

reminder to anglers to immediately tag any halibut landed

For more info on tagging salmon and halibut, visit Tips for tagging fish and game

Columbia River Subarea (Cape Falcon, OR to Leadbetter Point, WA)

All-Depth Season: 

  • TBD

Nearshore Season:   

  • TBD

Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Humbug Mountain to Cape Falcon)

Spring All-Depth Season:  

  • TBD

Summer All-Depth Season:

  • TBD

Nearshore:     

  • TBD

Southern Oregon Subarea (OR/CA Border to Humbug Mountain)

  • TBD

Statewide regulations

  • May be taken by angling with a single line, no more than 2 hooks, and by spear.
  • It is mandatory to have a descending device onboard the vessel when fishing for Pacific halibut, and to use a 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 into ports located within areas currently open to halibut retention, regardless of area of catch.
  • During the nearshore seasons (Columbia River and Central Oregon Subareas), bottomfish and salmon may be retained (as bottomfish and salmon regulations allow) with halibut.  However, once halibut are onboard, no fishing may occur outside of the 40-fm curve.
  • When angling for Pacific halibut outside of the 40-fm curve only salmon (as regulations allow), bottomfish as regulations below allow, 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 2023 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for General (statewide), Zone, and Special Regulations prior to fishing.

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