Black rockfish are the most commonly caught rockfish in the recreational fishery on the Oregon coast.
Features: Black rockfish are dark gray to black on top, with a lighter belly, and black spots on their dorsal fins. They can grow to be 25-inches long.
Habitat: They are found over rocky reefs most typically shoreward of 180 ft. of depth, and are common along jetties and other structure in estuaries. Occasionally schools of black rockfish will come all the way to the surface.
Technique: Rockfish feed on squid, octopus, krill, and other fish. They readily take both bait and lures. Common lures include rubber-tailed lead head jigs and shrimp flies.