Pacific halibut season opens May 1
Posted Courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
NEWPORT, Ore. – Fishing for Pacific halibut with two friends last spring Kelly Corbett was the last on in the boat to hook up, but you know the saying, “last the best….”
“It took me 15 minutes to reel him in,” said Corbett, who lives in Seal Rock. Her fish was 54 inches long and weighed around 77 pounds, more than three times what the average Pacific halibut caught off the Oregon Coast weighs. And, more importantly, it was bigger than her two fishing companions’ halibut.
Corbett and other fishers are eagerly anticipating May 1 when the Pacific halibut season opens on the Oregon coast.
The central coast fishery, from Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford, is a very popular fishery among Oregonians. Anglers may fish inside the 40-fathom line (defined by waypoints) seven days per week, through Oct. 31 or until the 14,407-pound quota is met. The all-depth dates for the spring season are May 14-16, 21-23, 28-30; and June 4-6. Backup dates (if sufficient quota remains) are June 18-20, and July 2-4, 16-18 and 30-31. The catch limit is 124,261 pounds. The summer season opens Aug. 7 with scheduled open days every other Friday through Sunday until the total area all-depth catch limit of 165,681 pounds is taken or October 31, which ever occurs first.
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