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  Columbia
Recreational Halibut
Marine Area 1, Ilwaco
 
Season Total: 11,895 lbs.
Early: 8,564
Late: 2,141
Nearshore:  1,190
 

 
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- Ocean Lingcod Seasons
Marine Areas 1-3:
March 15-October 18, 2014
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler.

Marine Area 4:
April 16-October 15, 2014
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler

- Halibut Fishery Summaries
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2014 Columbia Recreational Halibut

All Depth Fishery
(open Thursday-Sunday)
Catch Through Washington (lbs) Oregon (lbs) Total Cumulative Catch Quota Remaining 
May 11 1,438 153 1,591 1,591 6,973
May 25 2,451 822 3,273 5,004 3,560
June 8 1,016 113 1,129 6,134 2,430
June 22 1,071 140 1,211 7,345 1,219
July 6 664 130 794 8,138 426
July 20 151 0 151 8,290 274
August 3 0 0 0 8,290 274
Late Season
Late Season Quota (includes quota remaining from early season) 2,415
August 17 619 0 619 619 1,796
September 30 188 0 807 807 989
Columbia River Halibut Season Closed 

Nearshore Fishery
(open Monday-Wednesday)
Catch Through Washington (lbs) Oregon (lbs) Total Cumulative Catch Quota Remaining 
May 11 0 0 0 0 1,190
May 25 0 0 0 0 1,190
June 8 0 0 0 0 1,190
June 22 0 22 22 22 1,168
July 6 32 89 121 143 1,047
July 20 0 0 0 143 1,047
August 3 0 0 0 143 1,047
August 17 0 0 0 143 1,047
Columbia River Halibut Season Closed 

HALIBUT SEASONS

  • Columbia River (Marine Area 1) : Open Thursday May 1, 4 days/week (Thursday-Sunday) until 80% of the quota is achieved. Twenty percent of the quota is reserved for a late season beginning August 7. If the early season quota is not obtained prior to August 7, the fishery will remain open 4 days/week (Thursday-Sunday), until the remaining quota is taken, or September 30, whichever occurs first. Ten percent of the subarea quota is reserved for a new incidental fishery in the nearshore area beginning May 5th on days when the all depth halibut fishery is closed (Mon-Wed). 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.
Lingcod Restriction Area
Lingcod Restriction Area
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Bottomfish Restrictions

The retention of bottomfish, except sablefish and Pacific cod, 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 5, 2014 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°25.00'N. lat., 124°21.00'W. long at all times.