Regulation Updates as of Dec. 4, 2018
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see for permanent regulations.
See Pacific halibut section below or the for additional information.
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When the weather cooperates, lingcod fishing can be good during the fall and winter as the fish move inshore to spawn. The bottomfish fishery is open at all depths with a general marine fish bag limit of 5 fish, and a separate lingcod limit of 2 fish. No cabezon may be retained (the annual quota was reached in August). The longleader gear fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line is open all year. Catches often consist of a nice grade of yellowtail, widow and canary rockfishes.
The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (approximately 15 miles west of Newport) is closed to all bottomfish (groundfish) fishing, including longleader gear trips year-round.
For additional regulation information, see the sport groundfish seasons webpage.
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.
The Pacific halibut recreational fishery is closed for the remainder of 2018. Information about 2019 quotas will be available in early February.
2018 halibut season map and regulations sheet
The ocean salmon recreational fishery is closed for the remainder of 2018. Information about 2019 season will be available in April.
Details for the Ocean Salmon season and full catch updates are available at: www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/
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 year-round, with the best fishing occurring when swells are small. Learn about 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.