Columbia River halibut and bottomfish seasons and regulations

All-depth fishery

Fishing Dates WA Anglers (#) WA Halibut (#) Washington (pounds) Oregon (pounds) Total Cumulative Catch (pounds) Quota
Remaining 
May 5, 8 73 50 590.6 11.5 602.1 602.1 17,934.9
May 12,15 30 30 414.9 0 414.9 1,017 17,520
May 19, 22 262 199 2,641.6 760.4 3,402 4,419 14,118
May 26 134 88 1,152.4 376.6 1,529.0 5,947.9 12,589.1
June 2, 5 155 135 1,944.6 603.3 2,547.9 8,495.9 10,041.1
June 9, 10 168 141 1,880.3 0 1,880.3 10,376.2 8,160.2
June 13*, 16, 19  194 178 2,265.8 292.6 2,558.4 12,934.5 5,602.5
June 20*, 23, 26 177 158 2220.0 99.0 2318.9 15,253.5 3,823.5
June 30 59 34 462.6 0 462.6 15,716.0 2,821.0
*August 19 125 125 1,569.3 139 1,708.7 17,425.8 1,112.2
*August 25, 28 78 65 831.2 0 831.2

18,256.0

281.0
*Sept 3, 4 124 80 873.5 33 906.7 19,162.7 **
*Sept 23 75 62 585.4 0 585.4 19,748.1 **

Nearshore fishery

Fishing Dates Washington (pounds) Oregon (pounds) Total Cumulative Catch Quota Remaining* 
May 30, 31, June 1 43 0 43 43 457

2022 halibut season dates

The following dates have been approved by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the International Pacific Halibut Commission, and implemented into federal regulation. Pacific halibut are quota managed, days open are dependent on available quota and Marine Areas will close when the quota is projected to be obtained.  The following is intended to show the proposed season structure, but season dates are not guaranteed to be open.

July 21, 2022 update:  Please check the emergency rules website (link below) for August and September halibut fishing opportunity. 

All-depth Fishery

  • May 5 through May 22, two days per week, Thursday and Sunday
  • Memorial Day weekend, open Thursday, May 26
  • June 2 through June 26, open two days per week, Thursday and Sunday, and Thursday, June 30

* These dates were added through in-season action.

** For the late season halibut fishery (August and September) landings are being tracked against the total Washington quota and not sub-area quotas.

Nearshore Fishery 

          The nearshore quota is 500 pounds.

Check for additional information as the season progresses in the emergency rules website.

 

Map showing the boundary coordinates for fishing lingcod in the Columbia River

Bottomfish regulations 

On days open to the all depth halibut fishery, sablefish, Pacific cod, flatfish species, yellowtail rockfish, widow rockfish, canary rockfish, redstriped rockfish, greenstriped rockfish, silvergray rockfish, chilipepper, bocaccio, and blue/deacon rockfish may be retained. Lingcod may be retained north of the Washington-Oregon border. The retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.

Following the opening of the all depth fishery, halibut retention with bottomfish on board is allowed in the nearshore area each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, until the nearshore quota is taken. 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 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°20.00'W. long. to 46°33.00’ N. Lat., 124°21.00’ W. long. Except, lingcod may be taken, retained and possessed in this area from June 1 through June 15 and September 1 through September 30.

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.

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 12 through October 15, 2022. Daily limit is a total of nine bottomfish regardless of species, subject to individual limits shown below. In addition to the nine bottomfish daily limit, five additional flatfish species (excluding Pacific halibut) can be retained. 

In Marine Area 1 fishing for, retention, or possession of lingcod is prohibited seaward of a line drawn from 46°38.167' N. Lat., 124°21.00' W. Lon. (Leadbetter Point) to 46°33.00' N. Lat., 124°21.00' W. Lon. when lingcod is open. Except, lingcod may be taken, retained and possessed in this area from June 1 through June 15 and September 1 through September 30.

Lingcod

  • Marine Area 1 (Columbia River): Open March 12 – October 15, 2022. See lingcod restricted areas above.
  • The daily bag limit is two per angler
  • No minimum size.

Rockfish

  • Open March 12 – October 15, 2022.  No minimum size. Daily limit 7.  Retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited. See lingcod restricted areas above.

Cabezon

  • Open March 12 – October 15, 2022. No minimum size. Daily limit 1.

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.