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Feb. 21, 2024
If there’s not a photo, it didn’t happen
Submit your fishing photo to ODFW and we might use it here or elsewhere on MyODFW.com.
E-tagging tips for anglers
It's important for anglers to tag their salmon, halibut and steelhead immediately, which means you'll need to know how to navigate the MyODFW app outside of cell phone range. Here are some tips for e-tagging in the field.
For the latest regulations, including in-season changes
See the Regulation updates section above.
Saltwater News Bulletins
Be among the first to know about in-season changes! You can subscribe to receive emails and text message alerts for marine topics that interest you. It's easy to unsubscribe at any time. Your contact information will remain confidential. Three different lists of interest to ocean enthusiasts are available: bottomfish, halibut and ocean salmon.
The ocean recreational salmon fishing season is closed. Season options for 2024 will be proposed in March.
A few reminders for the new year:
- Cabezon is currently closed but will reopen on July 1, 2024 with a daily sub-bag limit of one fish and a minimum length of 16 inches.
- Retention of quillback rockfish and yelloweye rockfish remains prohibited.
- Click ‘Regulation Updates' above to see what's new for 2024 or visit the sport bottomfish seasons page.
Port by port reports:
- Depoe Bay: Not many anglers went out to fish, but those that did saw limits of lingcod and near limits of rockfish.
- Newport: The few anglers that got out were rewarded with near limits of rockfish and limits of lingcod.
- Brookings: There were infrequent landings of rockfish and lingcod on the days anglers got out.
The offshore longleader fishery gives anglers an opportunity to catch more fish and to distribute effort away from nearshore species.
NEW for 2024: The daily bag limit for the longleader fishery is 12-fish per angler. Learn more about the gear and the fishery.
Bottomfish fishing resources:
What can I keep and how many? Keep up with in-season regulation changes.
Know what you've caught with some helpful rockfish identification tips (including online quizzes and video).
Waypoints for fathom lines and other restricted areas.
Shore and estuary fishing
Daily bag limits, seasons and licensing requirements for shore-based anglers are the same as for boat-based anglers.
In Oregon waters, herring come into the bays and estuaries to spawn usually between Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day, though run timing has varied in recent years. In 2022, the peak biomass estimate was on March 22, with the first spawning event on April 11, one of the latest spawning events on record. In 2023, the peak biomass estimate was on March 1, with herring spawning between March 8 and March 15.
We conducted our first acoustic survey on Feb. 5 and did not see much sign of herring in Yaquina Bay. We had hoped to conduct our second survey on Feb. 15; however, a mechanical issue kept us at the dock. We plan to survey again next week, so stay tuned for the results!
In the past, herring have been caught off the south jetty, near the international dock and upriver near Sawyer's Landing. When fishing for herring, please be respectful and give way to the commercial vessels entering and exiting the commercial docks, as the channel is narrow and needs to remain accessible.
If you've never been herring fishing, here are 9 reasons to fish for herring (and anchovies).
There are plenty of rocky or sandy fishing sites up and down the coast where shore anglers can drop a line for saltwater fish. Read about how and where
Lingcod and many other bottomfish species are available year-round to shore anglers fishing in rocky areas. A common setup for lingcod is a jig head with a rubber swim bait – it's simple but effective. Also pack a measuring device for lingcod: the minimum legal size is 22 inches.
Surfperch are available in the surf year-round along sandy beaches and rocky shores, with the best fishing (and safest fishing) occurring when swells are small. Learn about ocean surfperch fishing.
Want more opportunities that don't include a boat? Check out the crabbing and clamming recreation report for updates on crabs, clams, mussels and more!
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 issue.
Regulation updates as of February 15, 2024
Information can be found on the Oregon ocean salmon sport regulations page
The ocean recreational salmon season between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt. will remain open to the retention of coho salmon through Sept. 30 or quota. The season also remains open for Chinook salmon. The daily bag limit is two salmon per day, but no more than one Chinook.
Information can be found on the PACIFIC HALIBUT PAGE
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will finalize the season dates at their meeting on April 19.
Information can be found on the SPORT BOTTOMFISH SEASONS PAGE
- Yelloweye and quillback rockfish are prohibited at all times and in all waters.
- Every vessel fishing for or possessing bottomfish, Pacific halibut, or flatfish in the ocean must have a functional descending device on board, regardless of depth. The device must be used to release any rockfish outside of 30 fathoms.
For more information contact your local ODFW office:
- Marine Resources Program Main Office (541) 867-4741
- Additional Marine Resources Program Contacts