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  • Halibut anglers back on the water through Saturday

    Season is extended because of unused quota
  • Oregon's halibut anglers are back in the deep water today through Saturday, June 19, under an extension of all-depth fishing days to take advantage of poundage left over in the spring fishery.
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  • Oregon's halibut anglers are back in the deep water today through Saturday, June 19, under an extension of all-depth fishing days to take advantage of poundage left over in the spring fishery.
    Poor spring weather kept halibut boats in port often enough this spring that the catch rate came up short of the 105,908-pound quota when the spring all-depth fishery between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain ended June 5.
    Fishery managers added three days to the season, allowing anglers to chase these deep-water denizens past the 40-fathom curve. If catches this week remain light, the next possible open days would be Thursday to Saturday, July 1-3, followed by July 15-17 and July 29-31.
    Open dates will be announced on the National Marine Fisheries Service hot line at 1-800-662-9825 and posted on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Marine Resources Program website at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP.
    The Central Coast all-depth fishery summer season opens Friday, Aug. 6, and is scheduled to be open every other Friday and Saturday until the region's total spring and summer all-depth quota of 141,265 pounds is reached.
    Waters south of Humbug Mountain to the California border — where angling effort for halibut historically has been light — remain open without a quota.
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