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  • Halibut anglers will get more time on the water this year

  • Oregon halibut anglers will enjoy slightly more fishing opportunities this spring and summer thanks to a 12-percent increase in the harvest quota set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
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  • Oregon halibut anglers will enjoy slightly more fishing opportunities this spring and summer thanks to a 12-percent increase in the harvest quota set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
    The popular central coast halibut fishery from Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford will open inside the 40-fathom line May 1 and stay open daily through Oct. 31 — or until the 13,800-pound quota is met.
    The separate all-depth fishery, when anglers can travel past the 40-fathom line to deep, halibut-rich waters, will come in three-day packages set around weekends. Those fixed spring dates are May 12-14, 26-28, June 2-4 and 9-11.
    If any of the spring quota of 115,578 pounds remains, more all-depth dates will be added. Those backup days are June 23-25, July 7-9 and July 21-23. Any quota left after those dates will be rolled into the summer season.
    The summer season begins in August and remains open every-other Friday and Saturday through Oct. 29. Those dates are Aug. 5-6, Aug. 19-20, Sept. 2-3, Sept. 16-17, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 28-29. That fishery will end once the entire all-depth quota of 158,705 pounds is taken.
    South of Humbug Mountain, the season opens May 1 and is open seven days a week through Oct. 31.
    The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission set the seasons last week during a teleconference that made up for a March 11 meeting in Florence that was canceled because of the tsunami.
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