photo of a copper rockfish

Sport bottomfish seasons

Oregon's marine waters are home to many different species of bottomfish (grounfish), including lingcod, sablefish, cabezon, all species of rockfishes, greenlings, and many species of flatfishes, sharks and skates. Pacific halibut is not a bottomfish species; it is managed with its own allocation and regulations.

2020 recreational bottomfish season/regulations

What’s new for 2020?

  • There will be a new sub-bag limit of one copper, quillback OR China rockfish.
  • The seasonal 40-fm depth restriction will be June through August.

 What's the same as 2019?

  • The general marine fish daily bag limit is 5 fish, no more than 1 of which may be a cabezon when open.
  • The bag limits for lingcod (2), flatfish (25), and the offshore longleader fishery (10). 
  • Cabezon daily sub-bag limit is one with a season from July 1 through Dec. 31 or the attainment of quota, whichever comes first.
  • Yelloweye rockfish are prohibited at all times and in all waters.

2018: A record-setting year for Oregon's sport bottomfish fishery 

2020 sport bottomfish

Bottomfish fishery

  • Open at all depths Jan.1 through May 31 and again beginning Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. (From June 1 through Aug. 31, restricted to inside of the 40-fathom regulatory line.) 
  • General marine fish daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler per day.
  • New in 2020:  There is sub-bag limit of one for copper, quillback OR China.
  • Lingcod daily bag limit is 2 fish, separate from the general marine fish bag limit. Minimum size of 22 inches.
  • Cabezon daily limit is one with a season from July 1 through Dec. 31 or the attainment of quota, whichever comes first.
  • Skates and rays are not part of the flatfish group; they are part of the general marine fish group. The general marine fish regulations (bag limit, depth restrictions, etc.) apply.
  • Yelloweye rockfish are prohibited at all times and in all waters.
  • Descending devices are mandatory; and must be used to release any rockfish outside of 30 fathoms.  

Flatfish fishery

  • Flatfish daily bag limit is 25 fish for species of sanddab, sole, flounder, etc. Does not include Pacific halibut.
  • Open at all depths year round.
  • Descending devices are mandatory; and must be used to release any rockfish outside of 30 fathoms.  
  • Skates and rays are not part of the flatfish group; they are part of the general marine fish group. The general marine fish regulations (bag limit, depth restrictions, etc.) apply.

Offshore longleader fishery

offshore longleader gear 

  • The offshore longleader fishery is open year round only outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line. 
  • Longleader gear must be used.
  • The daily rockfish bag limit is 10 fish.
    • The only species allowed in the 10-fish bag limit are:  yellowtailwidowcanaryredstripegreenstripedsilvergraychilipepper, blue, deacon, and bocaccio rockfishes.
    • Longleader species ID sheet (pdf)
  • No other groundfish are allowed on the same trip.
  • Lingcod cannot be retained.
  • Offshore longleader trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish, or halibut trips.
  • Offshore longleader trips can be combined with other non-bottomfish trip types (e.g., tuna or salmon), as long as the multi-species rule is followed, as well as any and all specific gear rules. The multi-species rule prohibits fishing for, or taking and retaining any species of salmon, Pacific halibut or marine fish while possessing on board any species not allowed to be taken in the area at that time.
  • Descending devices are mandatory; and must be used to release any rockfish outside of 30 fathoms.  

Quizes

Yelloweye rockfish or not?
Recreational bottomfish species ID

Other resources

What can I  keep

Waypoints for fathom lines and other restricted areas
Oregon Sport Fishing eRegulations
Catch estimates
Management of Oregon's sport groundfish 
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