After a lengthy discussion, and reviewing the input received ODFW staff are recommending the following dates for sport Pacific halibut all-depth seasons between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt:
Spring all-depth “Fixed Dates”: May 8-10; May 22-24, June 5-7, and June 19-21
Spring all-depth “Back-up Dates”, if quota remaining: July 3-5, July 17-19, and July 31
Summer all-depth: opens Aug 1-2, every other Friday and Saturday until quota is attained
This is what was called "Scenario 1" in the public meeting presentation materials and the online survey. This skips weekends with morning low tides greater than -1.0 feet, which ODFW has heard from anglers may cause issues with bar crossings out of some ports. This scenario also sets up the back-up dates to fall on the weeks opposite of the directed commercial fishery openings.
The staff recommended season dates map for all Oregon subareas can be found at:
The season dates and regulations will be finalized by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commissions (OFWC) at theirApril 25 meeting.