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  Columbia
Recreational Halibut
Marine Area 1, Ilwaco
 

Season Total: 12,799
All Depth: 12,299
Nearshore: 500

 

 
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Marine Areas 1-3:
March 11-October 21, 2017
Lingcod minimum size limit is 22 inches, daily bag limit of two lingcod per angler.

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

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2017 Columbia Recreational Halibut

All Depth Fishery
(open Thursday-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 
           

HALIBUT SEASONS

Note: These dates for the recreational halibut fishery are considered preliminary until approved by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and adopted into federal regulation by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

  • Open Thursday, May 4, 4 days/week (Thursday-Sunday) in all depth areas until the subarea quota is taken 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 8 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 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 8, 2017 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)

Bottomfish Seasons and Limits—Note changes to the recreational bottomfish season for 2017

Bottomfish:  Recreational fishing for bottomfish will be open from the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October which is March 11 through October 21, 2017.  Daily limit is a total of 12 bottomfish regardless of species, subject to individual limits shown below. 

Lingcod:

  • Marine Area 1 (Columbia River): Open March 11 – October 21, 2017.  See lingcod restricted areas below.
  • Lingcod minimum size is 22 inches, the daily bag limit is two per angler

Rockfish:

  • Open March 11 through October 21, 2017.  No minimum size. Daily limit 10. 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 11 through October 21, 2017. 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 220-20-10).  That is, recreational anglers are prohibited from landing recreational bottomfish in excess of the possession limits in place for the port of landing.