The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided to reopen the all-depth recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery along the central Oregon Coast Aug. 20-21. The summer fishery is expected to continue over several scheduled open periods: Sept. 3, 4, 17, 18 and Oct. 1, 2, 15, 16, 29, 30. The fishery is open between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain, but is closed north of Cape Falcon. The daily bag limit is the first fish 32 inches or longer, and the annual limit is six Pacific Halibut.

The sport fishery for cabezon is closed as of Wednesday. ODFW estimated that catch limit of 15.8 metric tons would have been met by Tuesday. Any cabezon caught now must be released.

The Columbia River Compact agencies have adopted a commercial, non-Indian mainstem salmon fishery from 7 this evening to 7 a.m. Friday. The fishery is for zones 3-5, but the Cowlitz River, Kalama-A, Lewis-A, Washougal and Sandy rivers sanctuaries are in effect. No sturgeon sales are allowed.


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