|Oregon Coast Notes|
|Pacific Halibut seasons open May 1|
The central coast fishery, from
The halibut fishery for anglers out of Columbia River ports, fishing the area from
Of special note for anglers traveling from the Willamette Valley to Newport on the opening all-depth day: the Oregon Department of Transportation is planning a full closure of U.S. Highway 20 beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 14, until 6 a.m. Monday, May 17, to do blasting near the highway. Plan to use an alternate route. More information
South of Humbug Mountain the season also opens May 1 and is open seven days a week through Oct. 31.
Open dates are announced on the NMFS hotline (1-800-662-9825; #5; #1) and posted at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP.
Statewide daily bag limit is one Pacific halibut, no length limit, with an annual limit of six fish. The possession limit is one daily limit at sea and three daily limits on land. Anglers are advised to check the regulations and waypoints for the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area.
During days open to all-depth halibut fishing, most species may not be taken and retained, possessed or landed when Pacific halibut are onboard the vessel except salmon (using authorized methods during authorized seasons), sablefish, Pacific cod, tuna and most other offshore pelagic species are allowed to be retained. More information on halibut regulations
General regulations can be found in the 2010