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  Columbia
Recreational Halibut
Marine Area 1, Ilwaco
 
Quota: 11,009
All Depth: 10,509
Nearshore: 500
 

 
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- Ocean Lingcod Seasons
Marine Areas 1-3:
March 12-October 15, 2016
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler.

Marine Area 4:
April 16-October 15, 2016
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

- Halibut Fishery Summaries
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2012 2007
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2016 Columbia Recreational Halibut

All Depth Fishery
(open Thursday-Sunday)
Estimates for this area are produced biweekly
Catch Washington (lbs) Oregon (lbs) Total Cumulative Catch Quota Remaining 
May 1 636 0 636 636 9,118
May 2-15 4,860 1,117 5,977 6,613 3,896

Nearshore Fishery
(open Monday - Wednesday)
Estimates for this area are produced biweekly
Catch Through Washington (lbs) Oregon (lbs) Total Cumulative Catch Quota Remaining 
May 1 0 0 0 0 500
May 15 0 0 0 0 500

HALIBUT SEASONS

  • Columbia River (Marine Area 1): Open Sunday May 1, 4 days/week (Thursday-Sunday) in all depth areas until the subarea quota is taken (no early/late season), or September 30, whichever occurs first.  Five hundred pounds of the subarea quota is reserved for an incidental fishery in the nearshore area beginning May 2nd on days when the all depth halibut fishery is closed (Mon-Wed). The nearshore area off WA is seaward of 46°38.17' N. lat., 124°15.88' W. long., to the WA/OR border at 46°16.00' N. lat., 124°15.88' W. long. (then connecting to the 40 fathom depth contour in Oregon).
  • In all marine areas open to halibut fishing, there is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction.  Anglers must record their catch on a WDFW catch record card.
  • Check for additional information as the season progresses under the Current Season Information and Updates page.

Bottomfish Restrictions

The retention of bottomfish, except sablefish, Pacific cod and, flat fish species with halibut onboard is prohibited from May 1-September 30 during the all depth halibut fishery which is open Thursdays through Sundays as long as there is sufficient quota remaining for the all depth fishery.

Halibut retention with bottomfish on board is allowed in the nearshore area on Mondays through Wednesday beginning May 2, 2016 as long as there is sufficient quota remaining for the incidental nearshore fishery. The nearshore area off WA is seaward of 46°38.17' N. lat., 124°15.88' W. long., to the WA/OR border at 46°16.00' N. lat., 124°15.88' W. long. (then connecting to the 40 fathom depth contour in Oregon)

The retention of yelloweye and canary rockfish is prohibited at all times.

Recreational fishing for, retention or possession of lingcod is prohibited seaward of a line extending from 46°38.17'N. lat., 124°21.00'W. long. to 46°28.00'N. lat., 124°21.00'W. long at all times.