Regulation updates as of April 3, 2019
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis or adopted after the regulation book was printed. Please see for permanent regulations.
Seasons and regulations summary on the main sport bottomfish seasons page
New for 2019
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Excited to go bottomfish fishing but find yourself wondering what you can keep and how many?
The bottomfish fishery is open at all depths with a General Marine Species bag limit of 5 fish, and a separate lingcod limit of 2 fish. No cabezon may be retained until July 1. Yelloweye retention is still closed this year. Want to work on your Yelloweye rockfish identification skills? Practice recognizing what you can keep and what you can't with a new online quiz. Get started
Ocean and weather conditions kept many would-be anglers off the ocean this past week. A few anglers decided to brave the elements, and were then rewarded with catches of black rockfish, along with a few deacon, blue or copper rockfish, and the occasional lingcod.
Anglers participating in the offshore longleader fishery this year, have reported limits, consisting mostly of 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 . 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.
(for fathom lines and other restricted areas)
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted the 2019 sport halibut seasons at their April 19 meeting. Final season dates are below:
Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR)
Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.)
Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border)
Additional information about sport halibut management can be found on the .
Information about 2019 season will be available in April.
Details for the Ocean Salmon season and full catch updates are available at:
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 along sandy beaches and rocky shore, with the best fishing (and safest 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.