Columbia River halibut and bottomfish seasons and regulations

All-depth fishery

Fishing Dates WA Anglers (#) WA Halibut (#) Washington (pounds) Oregon (pounds) Total Cumulative Catch Quota
Remaining 
May 6, 9 229 204 2,795 505 3,300 3,300 14,862
May 13, 16 293 248 2,977 204 3,181 6,481 11,681
May 20, 23 409 324 4,247 168 4,415 10,896 7,266
May 27 6 3 40   40 10,936 7,226
June 3, 6 193 180 2,387   2,387 13,324 4,838
June 10, 13 98 92 1,229 152 1,451 14,774 3,388
June 17, 20 196 151 1,890 149 2,039 16,813 1,349
June 24 173 159 2,109 0 2,109 18,922 -760

Nearshore fishery

Fishing Dates Washington (pounds) Oregon (pounds) Total Cumulative Catch Quota Remaining* 
           

2021 halibut season dates

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.

  • May 6 through May 23, two days per week, Thursday and Sunday
  • Memorial Day weekend, open Thursday, May 27
  • June 3 through June 27, open two days per week, Thursday and Sunday
  • Friday, August 27
  • If sufficient quota remains, Friday September 24
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 13 through October 16, 2021. 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 13 – October 16, 2021. See lingcod restricted areas above.
  • The daily bag limit is two per angler

Rockfish

  • Open March 13 – October 16, 2021.  No minimum size. Daily limit 7.  Retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited. See lingcod restricted areas above.

Cabezon

  • Open March 13 – October 16, 2021. 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.