Regulation Updates as of Oct 9, 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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Bottomfish anglers have returned to port with near-limits of rockfish when wind and waves have allowed boats to get out. Lingcod fishing is scratchy out of most ports but usually improves during the fall and winter. The bottomfish fishery is open at all depths with a general marine fish bag limit of 5 fish. A reduced bag limit earlier in the season, combined with a shift in angler effort from bottomfish to salmon and tuna, slowed the catch of black rockfish such that enough quota remains to accommodate the 5-fish limit for the remainder of the year.
The longleader gear fishery outside of the is open all year. Catches often consist of a nice grade of yellowtail, widow and canary rockfishes.
The (approximately 15 miles west of Newport) is closed to all bottomfish (groundfish) fishing, including longleader gear trips.
For additional regulation information, see the .
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 .
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.
Some last-minute opportunities are still available to catch Pacific halibut. During the week ending Oct. 7, catch rates were low but fish were hefty, averaging 30 and 34 pounds (dressed weight) on the south and central coast, respectively. The Central Coast subarea nearshore halibut fishery and the Southern Oregon subarea all-depth halibut fishery are both open seven days per week through Oct. 31.
Remember that descending devices are mandatory when fishing for or retaining Pacific halibut.
Sport salmon fishing for Chinook is open in ocean waters from Cape Falcon (just North of Nehalem Bay) to Humbug Mt. through Oct. 31 inside of the 40 fathom regulatory line for two salmon per day (all salmon except coho). Minimum sizes are 24-inches for Chinook and 20-inches for steelhead. Chinook catches continue to be slow out of most ports.
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 ).
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.