Bag doubled for flatfish


NEWPORT — Why settle for just one barn door-sized flatfish when you can have two?

Beginning Friday, Aug. 23, anglers may keep two Pacific halibut each day in the sport in the central Oregon coast fishing zone. 

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the daily bag went from one fish to two because a substantial amount of the annual quota remains available.

“We had some challenging weather and conditions this year that kept anglers in port during most of the all-depth weekends,” said Lynn Mattes, the Newport-based sport halibut project leader for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

The Central Oregon Coast Subarea summer all-depth halibut fishery is open every Friday and Saturday until the summer season all-depth quota of 57,941 pounds is taken or Oct. 27, whichever comes first. 

The Central Oregon Coast Subarea nearshore fishery and the Southern Oregon Subarea fishery remain open with 23,588 pounds and 8,955 pounds remaining respectively. Additionally, there are approximately 82,000 pounds remaining from the Central Oregon Coast spring all-depth fishery.  

For additional information see the Sport Halibut page at myodfw.com.

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