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Sport anglers fishing from boats can no longer retain cabezon beginning Aug. 15.

All fishing is closed (including catch-and-release) in the Columbia River and the Deschutes River from Monday, Aug. 12 through Sept. 15.

Angling prohibited within a 200 ft radius of all tributary mouths (including 200ft into the tributary) of the mainstem Umpqua River. 

Fishing restrictions needed due to poor forecasted returns.

Fishing restrictions needed due to poor forecasted returns.

Recreation Report

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Regulation Updates

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Regulation updates as of  August 9, 2019

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis or adopted after the regulation book was printed. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

2019 Sport Groundfish

Cabezon closed:

  • Effective August 16 through December 31, 2019 boat-based recreational harvest of cabezon is closed.  This restriction does not impact shore-based fishing.

More information can be found on the sport bottomfish seasons page

Anglers are encouraged to release copper, quillback and China rockfish  

ODFW anticipates the bottomfish season will remain open through the end of the year for 2019.  But three species of bottomfish have surpassed their Oregon recreational harvest guideline this year—copper, quillback, and china rockfish. While a retention prohibition isn’t necessary right now because enough pounds remain unused in other fisheries coastwide, ODFW is asking anglers to voluntarily avoid targeting these species.

Anglers that do catch a copper, quillback or china rockfish that is uninjured are encouraged to release it. (Remember the use of a descending device is required seaward of 30 fathoms and is recommended in shallower water anytime a released fish can’t submerge on its own).

While keeping copper, quillback or china rockfish remains legal at this time, it may become necessary to prohibit retention of these three species at some point. Reducing their catch rate may postpone the need for such a change until later in the year.

Close tracking of catch rates and a reduced bag limit helped keep recreational bottomfish open all year in 2018. This year, overall catch of black rockfish is lower than anticipated—important because these are the most common species in recreational bottomfish catch, and reaching the quota for black rockfish would cause the recreational bottomfish fishery to close.

New for 2019 

  • From May through September, restricted to inside the 40-fathom regulatory line (not 30-fathom).
  • Topsmelt and jacksmelt are no longer part of the general marine species bag limit and are now part of the baitfish (herring, anchovy and smelts) daily limit of 25 pounds in aggregate.

Reminders

  • Yelloweye rockfish is prohibited at all times and in all waters.
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

2019 Ocean Salmon

 Season dates are below.

Printable pdf

Statewide Regulations:

  • Anglers fishing for salmon and all anglers fishing from boats with a salmon on board are limited to no more than 2 single point barbless hooks per line, and no more than one line per angler
  • It is unlawful to fish for or take and retain any legal species while possessing on board any species not allowed to be taken in that area at that time
  • Minimum lengths: Chinook = 24”, coho = 16”, steelhead = 20”, no min. length for pink, chum, or sockeye salmon in ocean fishery
  • Refer to the “2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations” booklet for descriptions of special marine management areas including closed areas and additional restrictions

Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR:

Selective Coho (fin-clipped) Season: Open June 22 through the earlier of September 30 or 79,800 marked coho quota (Chinook guideline of 7,150)
Bag Limit: All salmon. Two salmon per day, but no more than one Chinook, and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip
Notes: Open seven days per week. Closed within the Columbia Control Zone

Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain:

Chinook Season (all salmon except coho): Open March 15 through Oct. 31
Bag Limit: Two salmon per day, closed to retention of coho except as listed below for the “selective coho” and the “non-selective coho” seasons

Selective Coho (fin-clipped) Season – open from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border: Open June 22 through earlier of Aug. 25 or 90,000 marked coho quota
Bag Limit: All salmon. Two salmon per day, all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip

Non-selective Coho Season: Open Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and each Fri-Sun through earlier of Sept. 30 or 9,000 non mark selective coho quota
Bag Limit: All salmon. Two salmon per day

Notes: Within the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area salmon angling is restricted to trolling on all depth halibut days.

Humbug Mountain to OR/CA Border:

Chinook Season (all salmon except coho): Open May 25 through Sept. 2
Bag Limit: Two salmon per day, closed to retention of coho except as noted above for the selective coho season from June 22 – Aug. 25 or quota

Details available at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/.

NEHALEM BAY SPECIAL OCEAN MANAGEMENT AREA:

  • Effective July 1 through September 15, 2019, no more than one wild adult Chinook Salmon may be harvested between these dates (this is a seasonal limit, not a daily limit) in the combined area of the Nehalem River Basin and the special ocean management area at the mouth of the Nehalem River (defined below). Salmon harvested in the Nehalem River/Bay shoreward of the visible tips of the jetty would be tagged on the Oregon Combined Angling tag as area code “66” – Nehalem R. & Bay below Hwy. 26.
  • Anglers fishing west of the visible tips of the jetty are fishing in ocean waters and must abide by all other ocean salmon regulations including: barbless hooks required, no more than 2 hooks allowed.  Salmon harvested in this area would be tagged on the Oregon Combined Angling tag as area code “2” – Coastal Port of Departure - Nehalem Bay (or other applicable ocean port if you did not launch in Nehalem).
  • The affected area is a seaward rectangle, approximately 0.4 miles south and 0.7 miles north of the center of the channel and 0.5 miles seaward from the mouth of the Nehalem River, defined by the following GPS points:
    • Point 1: 45° 39’ 00” Latitude and 123° 56’ 31” W Longitude
    • Point 2: 45° 39’ 00” Latitude and 123° 57’ 15” W Longitude
    • Point 3: 45° 40’ 00” Latitude and 123° 57’ 15” W Longitude
    • Point 4: 45° 40’ 00” Latitude and 123° 56’ 24” W Longitude

Nehalem Bay Management Area Map

2019 Pacific Halibut

Season dates are below. 

Printable pdF of seasons  

Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR)

  • All-Depth Fishery: Closed.
  • Nearshore Fishery: Open seven days per week.

Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.)

  • Summer All-Depth Fishery: Opens Fri, Aug. 2 and Sat, Aug. 3, then every Friday and Saturday until the quota is taken or Oct 31, whichever is earlier. Quota = 67,898 pounds
  • Nearshore fishery: Open seven days per week until the quota is taken or Oct 31, whichever is earlier. On Fridays and Saturdays, beginning Aug. 2, most bottomfish are not allowed to be retained on the same trip as halibut as long as the all-depth halibut fishery is also open on those days. Quota = 32,591 pounds

Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border)

  • Opens May 1, seven days per week until the quota is taken or Oct 31, whichever is earlier. Quota = 11,322 pounds.

Additional information about sport halibut management can be found on the ODFW halibut management webpage.

Descending devices are mandatory.

Recreation Report
 

We want your photos

Attention anglers – we want your photos!

Whether you’re out after trout or bass, steelhead or salmon, surfperch or rockfish, we’d love to see photos of your adventure. When you submit your photos to ODFW they could appear on our website or signs, or in social or brochures. What a great way to share your experience with others!

Photo submission form

Free Fishing Weekend Aug. 17-18

This weekend is the perfect time to take a friend or family member fishing. It’s Free Fishing Weekend, which means they won’t need a license, tag or endorsement to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon (that’s open to fishing, crabbing or clamming).

Saltwater News Bulletins

You can subscribe to receive e-mails and text message alerts for marine topics you are interested in. It’s easy to unsubscribe at any time. Your phone and e-mail information will remain confidential. Six different lists of interest to ocean enthusiasts are available: Bottomfish (recreational), Halibut (recreational), Ocean Salmon (recreational), Ocean Salmon (commercial troll), Commercial Nearshore Groundfish, and Marine Reserves.

BOTTOM FISHING

Ocean conditions last week were some of the nicest this summer. Many anglers took advantage of the favorable ocean conditions and targeted albacore tuna offshore, so we don’t really have new information on bottomfish.

Thursday, Aug. 15 is the last day to retain cabezon if fishing from a boat, the quota is estimated to have been reached. Shore-based fishing for cabezon continues as there is quota set aside to accommodate it.

Excited to go bottomfish fishing but find yourself wondering what you can keep and how many? Click here

Want to work on your identification skills of commonly caught bottomfish?  Try the Common Bottomfish online quiz (similar to the Yelloweye or Not quiz) by clicking here

The bottomfish fishery is open inside the 40-fathom regulatory line from May through September with a General Marine Species bag limit of 5 fish, of which no more than 1 may be a cabezon through August 15. Cabezon closes starting August 16 for boat-based anglers, as the quota has been caught. A separate bag limit allows retention of 2 lingcod. Yelloweye retention is still closed this year.

Anglers participating in the offshore longleader fishery frequently catch limits (10 fish) of large canary rockfish and yellowtail rockfish. The longleader gear fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line is open all year.

Vessels fishing for or retaining bottomfish (including flatfish) species or Pacific halibut in the ocean are required (1) to have onboard a functioning rockfish descending device, and (2) use it to descend any rockfish released when fishing outside of the 30-fathom regulatory line. For more information and videos, please see the rockfish recompression webpage.

In addition to the descending device rule, ODFW continues to encourage anglers to use a descending device when releasing ANY rockfish with signs of barotrauma. Signs of barotrauma, such as bulging eyes and a gut protruding from the mouth, are reversible when fish are returned to depth with a descending device. Use a descending device to safely return fish to a depth of 60 feet or more. Even fish that are severely bloated can survive after being released at depth.

Waypoints (for fathom lines and other restricted areas)

Longleader gear

2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations

Catch estimates

What can I keep and how many?

PACIFIC HALIBUT

The Central Oregon Coast summer all-depth season started off slowly, with a little over 2,000 pounds landed during the first opening (Aug 2-3). Ocean conditions were more favorable last week with some anglers going out for a summer “halbicore” trip (targeting both albacore tuna and halibut). Early reports are of some success on the halibut grounds with a decent grade of fish. The summer all-depth season is open every Friday and Saturday.

The Central Oregon Coast nearshore halibut fishery is open seven days per week. Remember, when the all-depth fishery is open (e.g. Aug 16-17), all-depth regulations apply, regardless of where fishing actually occurs.  

In the Columbia River subarea, the nearshore halibut fishery is open daily; there has been little effort and only a few landings so far this season.

The southern Oregon subarea has seen some effort and success this year. One hefty halibut (landed in Brookings during the week ending June 16) weighed 56 pounds; the average this season is 29 pounds.

Halibut season dates can be found in the REGULATION UPDATES section above.

Additional information about sport halibut management, including landing estimates (posted by noon on Fridays), can be found on the ODFW halibut management webpage.

OCEAN SALMON

Selective coho salmon fishing is currently open in all areas of the Oregon Coast. Anglers fishing for salmon and all anglers fishing from boats with salmon on board are limited to no more than 2 single point barbless hooks per line, and no more than one line per angler (treble and double point hooks are prohibited).

In the Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR, area fishing picked back up a bit over this past week with average catch rates climbing to 1.27 salmon per angler-trip with 96 percent of the catch made up of coho. Anglers are reminded that the bag limit is two salmon per day, but no more than one Chinook in this area, and all coho MUST have a healed adipose fin clip. As of Aug. 11, approximately 52 percent of the coho quota, and 46 percent of the Chinook guideline had been landed in the area.

In the area from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA border, the bag limit is two salmon per day and all coho MUST have a healed adipose fin clip. Catch rates picked up throughout much of this area last week. Based on dockside interviews salmon catch rates by port were: Garibaldi – 0.45 salmon per angler, Pacific City – 0.51 salmon per angler, Depoe Bay – 0.31 salmon per angler, Newport – 0.73 salmon per angler, Winchester Bay – 0.29 salmon per angler, Charleston – 0.75 salmon per angler, Bandon 0.38 salmon per angler, and Brookings 0.20 salmon per angler. Coho continue to make up the majority of the catch in all locations. As of Aug. 11, approximately 32,700 coho have been landed (36.3 percent of the quota of 90,000 coho). There have also been a total of 3,500 Chinook landed (there is no quota on Chinook for the recreational fishery in this area).

Details for the Ocean Salmon season, full catch and quota updates are available here.

You’ll find a guide and tips to identification of salmon and steelhead on the Ocean salmon fishing page here.

ALBACORE TUNA

Albacore tuna fishing was good for anglers who could access the offshore areas this past week. Albacore catch rates by port for the week ending on Aug. 11 were: Astoria – 3.05 tuna per angler, Garibaldi – 7.33 tuna per angler, Pacific City – 5.29 tuna per angler, Depoe Bay – 4.04 tuna per angler, Newport – 3.95 tuna per angler, Winchester Bay – 7.64 tuna per angler, Charleston – 8.29 tuna per angler, Bandon – 9.78 tuna per angler, Gold Beach – 7.67 tuna per angler, and Brookings – 7.51 tuna per angler.

There have also been a few other warm water species making rare surprise appearances on boats targeting albacore including: thresher shark, short fin mako shark, bluefin tuna, yellowtail and even a few dolphinfish (dorado).

SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING

Public piers provide opportunities to catch surfperch and baitfish and to drop crab pots (but check first for crab health safety closures).

Surfperch are available in the surf year-round along sandy beaches and rocky shore, with the best fishing (and safest fishing) occurring when swells are small. Learn about ocean surfperch fishing.

When fishing from shore or inside estuaries and bays, it is important to check the tide. Many fish that swim into estuaries and bays, including salmon, surfperch, and Pacific herring, tend to come in with the tide. Catch of these species is more likely to occur closer to slack tide. Additionally, the accessibility of some areas can be completely dependent on the tide. Do not allow the incoming tide to become a safety hazard.