Regulation Updates as of Aug. 15, 2018
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see for permanent regulations.
2018 Sport Groundfish
Offshore Longleader Fishery
2018 Ocean Salmon
2018 Pacific Halibut
See Pacific halibut section below or the for additional information
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You can subscribe to receive 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.
Reports are that rockfish fishing is still scratchy, anglers are having to work for them. Lingcod has slowed down some as well; however there are still some good-size lingcod being landed, it just may take some more time and effort than it did a few weeks ago. Reminder that as of April 1, the bottomfish fishery is restricted to inside of the 30 fathom regulatory line.
As of July 1, the general marine bag limit (rockfish, greenlings, etc.) is 4 fish. This reduction to the bag limit is necessary to keep total catches within annual quotas, and reduce the chance of an early closure of the recreational bottomfish fishery.
The longleader gear fishery outside of the has been authorized to continue in April through September. Recent catches from the offshore longleader trips often consist of a nice grade of yellowtail, widow and canary rockfishes. Reminder that the is closed to all bottomfish trips, including longleader trips.
For additional regulation information, see the .
The , approximately 15 miles west of Newport, is closed to bottomfish (groundfish) and halibut fishing year round.
Vessels fishing for or retaining bottomfish (including flatfish) species 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 .
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 summer all-depth fishery will be open on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 17-18) with approximately 50 percent of the quota remaining, and will be open every other Friday and Saturday until Oct. 31, or the quota is caught. There will be an update by noon on Friday, Aug. 24 on catch from the Aug 17-18 opening, how much quota remains, and if it is enough for additional days to be open.
The Central Coast nearshore halibut fishery opened on Friday, June 1. When the winds have allowed anglers to get out, there has been limited success with nearshore halibut. The average weight of fish landed last week was around 21 pounds live weight. Based on landings through Aug. 5, approximately 7,500 pounds (29 percent) of the allocation remains.
The Southern Oregon Subarea (Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA Border) remains open 7 days per week.
Reminder that similar to the bottomfish fishery listed above, descending devices are mandatory when fishing for or retaining Pacific halibut.
Additional information and details can be found on the .
Sport ocean salmon fishing is open from Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR is now closed.
Sport salmon fishing for Chinook is open in ocean waters from Cape Falcon (just North of Nehalem Bay) to the Oregon/California border for two salmon per day (all salmon except coho). Minimum sizes are 24-inches for Chinook and 20-inches for steelhead. Anglers are also reminded that within the 15 fathom depth contour off Tillamook Bay (Twin Rocks to Pyramid Rock) that all Chinook salmon must have a healed fin clip. Chinook catches have been light in most ports with the exception of Brookings where anglers were landing 0.29 Chinook per angler over the past week.
In addition, the adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be open through the earlier of Sept. 3 or the quota of 35,000 fin-clipped coho. Through Aug. 12, there have been 9,200 coho landed out of the quota of 35,000 (74 percent of the quota remains). Best recreational salmon catches during the most recent week were at Pacific City with 0.92 salmon per angler, Newport with 0.80 salmon per angler, and Depoe Bay with 0.67 salmon per angler. The minimum size for coho is 16-inches. Anglers been averaged 0.57 salmon per angler trip during the week of August 6-12, and this was the best fishing observed so far this season.
Details for the Ocean Salmon season and full catch updates are available at:
Anglers have been having the best success on albacore approximately 40-60 miles offshore out of Winchester Bay, Charleston, and Bandon. Albacore will be found in waters with temperatures of 58oF or higher, and with low chlorophyll concentrations (<0.25mg chlorophyll/m3). Best way to identify a chlorophyll in the correct range is when the water is a brilliant clear blue color as observed in the wake behind the boat. High ocean productivity this season has resulted in higher chlorophyll concentrations further offshore that have severely limited access to albacore for recreational boats.
SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING
Public piers provide opportunities to catch surfperch and baitfish and to drop crab pots (but check first for ).
Surfperch are available year-round, with the best fishing occurring when swells are small. Learn about .
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.