Regulation Updates as of February 19, 2020
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.
For more information contact your local ODFW office:
Tillamook North Coast Watershed District Office 503-842-2741
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The weather finally cooperated for a couple days last week allowing anglers to get out on the ocean and do some fishing. Reports are that there was a good mix of rockfish species being caught. Lingcod fishing sounded a bit scratchy though. Don’t give up on lingcod though, winter can produce some good lingcod catches.
Excited to go bottomfish fishing but find yourself wondering what you can keep and how many?
The bottomfish fishery is open at all depths. The General Marine Species bag limit is 5 fish.
Beginning January 1, 2020 there is a one-fish sub-bag limit for China, copper, or quillback rockfish. That means that out of the 5-fish daily bag limit, no more than one may be a China, copper, OR quillback rockfish. Cabezon will open July 1, 2020 with a one-fish sub-bag limit. Lingcod has a separate 2-fish bag limit.
Retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited by all anglers.
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.
Want to work on your identification skills of commonly caught bottomfish? Try the Common Bottomfish online quiz by . And also try the “Yelloweye Rockfish or Not?” .
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 will finalize the 2020 season dates at their meeting on April 17 in Reedsport. The staff recommended dates can be found, along with other information on the .
Details for the 2020 ocean salmon season, full catch and quota updates will be available .
SHORE AND ESTUARY FISHING
The herring are in Yaquina Bay. Reports of good catches late last week and over the weekend. Herring often come into Yaquina Bay to spawn in two waves, one around Valentine’s Day, and then another smaller one around St. Patrick’s Day.
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.
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.