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  Columbia
Recreational Halibut
Marine Area 1, Ilwaco
 

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Marine Areas 1-3:
March 11 – October 21, 2017
Daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

Marine Area 4 (west of Bonilla-Tatoosh):
April 16-October 15, 2017
Daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler.

Marine Area 4 (east of Bonilla-Tatoosh):
April 16-October 15, 2017
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler


2018 Ocean Lingcod Seasons
Marine Areas 1-3:
March 10 – October 20, 2018
Daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

Marine Area 4 (west of Bonilla-Tatoosh):
April 16-October 15, 2018
Daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler.

Marine Area 4 (east of Bonilla-Tatoosh):
April 16-October 15, 2018
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

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2018 Columbia Recreational Halibut

All Depth Fishery
(open Thursday, Friday and Sunday)
Catch Through Washington (lbs) Oregon (lbs) Total Cumulative Catch Quota
Remaining * 
           

Nearshore Fishery
(open Monday-Wednesday)
Catch Through Washington (lbs) Oregon (lbs) Total Cumulative Catch Quota Remaining 
           

PRELIMINARY HALIBUT SEASONS

  • Open Thursday, May 3, 3 days per week (Thursday, Friday, and Sunday) in all depth areas until the subarea quota is taken or September 30, whichever occurs first.
  • These halibut season dates have been adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) but are considered preliminary until approved by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and adopted into federal regulation by the National Marine Fisheries Service.  However, dates adopted by the PFMC are rarely changed and are provided for planning purposes.  Pacific halibut are managed to a quota and season dates are dependent on available quota.
  • 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 in the Emergency Rules website.

Bottomfish Restrictions

The retention of bottomfish, except sablefish, Pacific cod, and all flatfish species (other than halibut), with halibut onboard is prohibited during the all depth halibut fishery from May 1 through September 30.  Lingcod retention is allowed on halibut days during the month of May in Marine Area 1 north of the Washington-Oregon border. The retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.

Halibut retention with bottomfish on board is allowed in the nearshore area on Mondays through Wednesday beginning May 7, 2018 as long as there is sufficient quota remaining for the incidental nearshore fishery. The nearshore area off WA is shoreward 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)

Bottomfish Seasons and Limits

Bottomfish:  Recreational fishing for bottomfish will be open from the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October which is March 10 through October 20, 2018.  Daily limit is a total of 9 bottomfish regardless of species, subject to individual limits shown below. 

Lingcod:

  • Marine Area 1 (Columbia River): Open March 10 – October 20, 2018.  See lingcod restricted areas below.
  • The daily bag limit is two per angler

Rockfish:

  • Open March 10 through October 20, 2018.  No minimum size. Daily limit 7. Up to one canary rockfish can be retained.  Retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.  No retention of possession seaward of 30 fathoms March 15 – June 15 (except when the primary halibut season is open).  See bottomfish restricted areas below.

Cabezon:

  • Open March 10 through October 20, 2018. No minimum size. Daily limit 2.

Sixgill, Sevengill, and Thresher sharks:

  • Closed to fishing for, retaining, or possessing.  Sixgill shark may not be removed from the water. 

Surfperch:

  • Open year-round. No minimum size. Daily limit 12, except Shiner perch daily limit 15 is not included in the bottomfish daily limit.
Deepwater Closure
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Bottomfish Restrictions

The retention of yelloweye 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°33.00'N. lat., 124°21.00'W. long at all times. 

NOTE: Bottomfish caught in the Pacific Ocean and landed into a Washington port are subject to Washington personal use fishing regulations including possession limits (WAC 220-305-010).  That is, recreational anglers are prohibited from landing recreational bottomfish in excess of the possession limits in place for the port of landing.