Regulation updates as of June 12, 2019
More information can be found on the sport bottomfish seasons page
New for 2019
Season dates are below.
Selective Coho (fin-clipped) Season: Open June 22 through the earlier of September 30 or 79,800 marked coho quota (Chinook guideline of 7,150)
Bag Limit: All salmon. Two salmon per day, but no more than one Chinook, and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip
Notes: Open seven days per week. Closed within the Columbia Control Zone
Chinook Season (all salmon except coho): Open March 15 through Oct. 31
Bag Limit: Two salmon per day, closed to retention of coho except as listed below for the “selective coho” and the “non-selective coho” seasons
Selective Coho (fin-clipped) Season – open from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border: Open June 22 through earlier of Aug. 25 or 90,000 marked coho quota
Bag Limit: All salmon. Two salmon per day, all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip
Non-selective Coho Season: Open Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and each Fri-Sun through earlier of Sept. 30 or 9,000 non mark selective coho quota
Bag Limit: All salmon. Two salmon per day
Notes: Within the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area salmon angling is restricted to trolling on all depth halibut days.
Chinook Season (all salmon except coho): Open May 25 through Sept. 2
Bag Limit: Two salmon per day, closed to retention of coho except as noted above for the selective coho season from June 22 – Aug. 25 or quota
Details available at .
Season dates are below.
Additional information about sport halibut management can be found on the ODFW halibut management webpage.
Descending devices are mandatory.
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The ocean and winds calmed down for at least part of last week, allowing some anglers to get out fishing for bottomfish.
Excited to go bottomfish fishing but find yourself wondering what you can keep and how many?
NEW: Want to work on your identification skills of commonly caught bottomfish? Try the Common Bottomfish online quiz (similar to the yelloweye or not one) by .
When participating in the traditional groundfish fishery, please remember to stay inside the from May through September.
The bottomfish fishery is open inside the 40 fathom regulatory line from May through September 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.
Anglers participating in the offshore longleader fishery frequently catch limits (10 fish) of large canary rockfish and 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 weather was somewhat cooperative last weekend allowing some anglers to get out and target halibut. Reports from the ground sound like fishing was again a bit scratchy at times and in some spots, but some success was had if the work was put in.
The Central Oregon Coast spring all-depth fishery back-up dates of June 20-22 and July 4-6 will be open. There is currently over 100,000 pounds remaining on the quota.
The Central Oregon Coast nearshore halibut fishery opened on June 1, seven days per week. There has not been much effort in this fishery so far.
When ocean conditions have allowed anglers to get out for halibut, the success rate has been around 50-60 percent, varying by port, last week was approximately 60 percent. The average size of fish landed so far this season has been approximately 23 pounds round weight, last week fish were a bit larger with a 23-24 pound average weight.
The Columbia River Subarea all-depth fishery will re-open for one day, Thursday, June 20. The nearshore fishery remains open seven days per week.
Halibut season dates can be found in the REGULATION UPDATES section above.
Additional information about sport halibut management, including landing estimates (posted by noon on Fridays), can be found on the .
Details for the Ocean Salmon season, full catch and quota updates are available .
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 in the surf year-round along sandy beaches and rocky shore, with the best fishing (and safest fishing) occurring when swells are small. Learn about ocean surfperch fishing.
Spring is traditionally a great time to fish for bay perch. Striped seaperch, pile perch, walleye surfperch, white seaperch, and shiner surfperch can be found near rocks, docks or pilings in bays. Some bay anglers use a #4 or #6 hook secured 24-30 inches below a 1- to 2-ounce sinker on 8- to 10-pound line. Baits include sand and kelp worms, sand shrimp, clam necks and mussels. Keep the line close to rocks or alongside pilings.
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.