photo of a copper rockfish

Sport bottomfish seasons

Oregon's marine waters are home to many different species of bottomfish (groundfish), 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.

2022 recreational bottomfish season/regulations

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Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2022

  • The daily bag limit is 4 fish

  • China and copper rockfish are prohibited

  • Cabezon is prohibited

 

New for 2022

photo of a quillback rockfish
Photo of a Quillback Rockfish
  • Daily general marine fish bag limit is 5 fish through September 5, 2022.  Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2022 the daily bag limit is 4 fish.

    • 1-fish sub-bag limit for China and copper rockfish combined through September 5, 2022.  Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2022 China and copper rockfish are prohibited.

photo of a China rockfish
China Rockfish
photo of a copper rockfish
dark variant copper rockfish
light variant of a copper rockfish
light variant copper rockfish
  • Yelloweye rockfish are prohibited at all times and in all waters.

  • Cabezon opens July 1, 2002 with a daily sub-bag limit of one fish per angler through September 5, 2022.  Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2022 cabezon are prohibited.  Minimum length of 16 inches.
  • Lingcod daily bag limit is 2 fish, separate from the general marine fish bag limit. Minimum length of 22 inches.
  • 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.
  • The bottomfish fishery is open at all depths Jan.1 through June 30, and again beginning Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.
    • From July 1 through Aug. 31, restricted to inside of the 40-fathom regulatory line.
  • 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.
  • May be taken with legal bottomfish gear (up to 3 hooks) and/or herring jigs.  A "Herring jig" is defined as:  a line or leader with any number of single-point hooks no larger than 3/8-inch hook gap.
  • 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 gear fishery

offshore longleader gear 

  • The offshore longleader fishery is open year round only outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line. 
  • The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (approximately 15 miles from Newport) is CLOSED to the longleader gear fishery, as well as the regular bottomfish fishery.
  • 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 bottomfish (groundfish) are allowed on the same trip.
  • Lingcod cannot be retained.
  • Offshore longleader gear fishery trips cannot be combined with traditional bottomfish or flatfish trips.
  • During May, June, September, and October offshore longleader gear fishery cannot be combined with an all-depth halibut trip. (These are months when the regular bottomfish fishery is open to all depths, and will be allowed on the same trip as all-depth halibut).  Yellowtail, widow, canary, blue, and deacon rockfishes, etc may be retained with all-depth halibut, but only up to the general marine bag limit (5 through Sept. 5; 4 beginning Sept. 6).
    • Anglers may return to shore, offload all longleader gear fishery rockfish species, and then go fish for Pacific halibut on a separate trip, in areas and time that Pacific halibut is open.  Or the other way around, return to shore and offload all Pacific halibut, then go fish for longleader gear fishery rockfish species.
  • For 2022--During July and August (months when the regular bottomfish fishery is restricted to inside of 40-fathoms) the offshore longleader gear fishery may be combined with an all-depth Pacific halibut trip, when all depth halibut is open.  Additional information can be found by clicking here.
    • However, once rockfish are onboard the vessel, no further halibut fishing may occur.
    • Sablefish, Pacific cod, and other flatfish species may not be retained on the same trip with longleader gear rockfish species.
    • Offshore longleader gear fishery 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.

      • Anglers are reminded that once salmon are on board, anglers are restricted to no more than 2 single point barbless hooks at all times when angling for salmon in the ocean or when angling for other species if a salmon has already been retained.
      • 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.
      • Note:  if an angler retains more than the general marine fish bag limit of rockfish while participating in the longleader gear fishery, no other fishing (i.e., salmon) may occur inside (shoreward) of the 40-fathom regulatory line on that same trip.
    • Descending devices are mandatory; and must be used to release any rockfish outside of 30 fathoms.  

    Quizzes

    Yelloweye rockfish or not?
    Recreational bottomfish species ID

    Other resources

    What can I keep through Labor Day (September 5)

    What can I keep after Labor Day

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