Fishing for Pacific halibut will reopen Thursday for sport anglers off the Columbia River, and will go seven days a week through the end of the month or until the quota is achieved.

Fisheries managers transferred 6,000 pounds of remaining quota from the central coast sub-area allocation on Tuesday, which allowed the Columbia River sub-area to reopen. The Columbia River sub-area is from Cape Falcon to the south to Leadbetter Point, Wash., to the north.

The annual limit for Pacific halibut remains at six. There is no minimum length for Pacific halibut, but sport anglers do not have to keep the first fish they catch.

Sport anglers are reminded that possession of groundfish is not allowed north of Humbug Mountain when a Pacific halibut is aboard their vessel.

The one exception is sablefish (black cod), which may be retained with halibut. Other non-groundfish species, such as tuna and salmon during authorized seasons, may be possessed with halibut.

The fishery along the central coast is open seven days a week inside 40 fathoms and open at all depths on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until quota is reached or Oct. 31, which ever occurs first.

The fishery remains open seven days a week south of Humbug Mountain at all depths.


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