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  Columbia
Recreational Halibut
Marine Area 1, Ilwaco
 
Season Total: 10,254
All Depth: 9,754
Nearshore: 500
 

 
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- Ocean Lingcod Seasons
Marine Areas 1-3:
March 14-October 17, 2015
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler.

Marine Area 4:
April 16-October 15, 2015
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

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2015 Columbia Recreational Halibut

All Depth Fishery
(open Thursday-Sunday)
Estimates for this area are produced biweekly
Catch Through Washington (lbs) Oregon (lbs) Total Cumulative Catch Quota Remaining 
May 10 3,244 823 4,067 4,067 5,687
May 24 2,807 231 3,125 6,051 2,562
May 31 1,815 230 2,045 9,150 604
All Depth Fishery -- Closed

Nearshore Fishery
(open daily)
Estimates for this area are produced biweekly
Catch Through Washington (lbs) Oregon (lbs) Total Cumulative Catch Quota Remaining 
May 10 0 0 0 0 500
May 24 0 0 0 0 500
May 31 0 0 0 0 500
June 21 54 0 54 54 446

HALIBUT SEASONS

  • Columbia River (Marine Area 1): Open Friday May 1, 4 days/week (Thursday-Sunday) until the subarea quota is achieved 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 4, Monday through Wednesdays on days when the all depth fishery is closed.  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. (the line connects to the 40 fathom depth contour in Oregon and extends to Cape Falcon, 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 4, 2015 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.