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.

2019 recreational bottomfish season/regulations

 What's the same as in 2018?

  • The general marine fish daily bag limit will be 5 fish
    • no more than 1 of which may be cabezon when open (opens July 1)
  • The bag limits for lingcod (2), flatfish (25), and the longleader gear fishery (10) 
  • Descending devices are mandatory on any vessel fishing for, or possessing, bottomfish including flatfish species, or Pacific halibut in the ocean.
  • The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, remains closed to fishing for bottomfish or Pacific halibut.
  • Yelloweye rockfish are prohibited at all times and in all waters.

What's new for 2019?

  • During the seasonal depth restriction, angling for bottomfish will be allowed out to the 40-fathom line (rather than the 30-fathom line) AND the restriction begins one month later, on May 1 (rather than April 1)

In the offshore longleader fishery, retention of two additional species will be allowed — blue rockfish and deacon rockfish

2019 sport bottomfish

Bottomfish fishery

  • Open to all-depths January through April.  Restricted to inside of the 40-fathom regulatory line May through September.  Open to all-depths October through December.
  • General marine fish daily bag limit is 5 fish per angler per day
    • Cabezon will have a 1-fish sub-bag limit and will open July 1
  • Lingcod daily bag limit is 2 fish, separate from the general marine fish bag limit. Minimum size of 22-inches.  Restricted to inside the 40-fathom regulatory line May through September.
  • Reminder 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 prohibited at all times and in all waters.
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

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.
  • Reminder 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

  • The offshore longleader fishery is open year round only outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line and longleader gear must be used.
  • The daily rockfish bag limit is 10 fish.
  • No other groundfish are allowed on the same trip.
  • Offshore longleader trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish, or halibut trips, and lingcod cannot be retained.
  • Offshore longleader trips can be combined with other non-bottomfish trip types (e.g. tuna, salmon), as long as the multi-species rule, which 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, is followed along with any and all specific gear rules.
  • For additional information see Offshore longleader fishery frequently asked questions 
  • Descending devices are mandatory.

Offshore longleader fishery FAQs

What can I  keep

Other resources

Waypoints (for fathom lines and other restricted areas)
Longleader gear
2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations
Catch estimates

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