Sport Groundfish Seasons

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

2018 Groundfish Regulations
updated Sept. 25

General Marine Species (rockfish, greenlings, skates, sharks, etc) – Open at all depths Jan. – March and Oct. – Dec.  Open inside 30 fathoms Apr. – Sept.

  • 5-fish bag limit in effect, effective Sept. 19
  • Cabezon prohibited, effective Aug. 18
  • Yelloweye rockfish retention prohibited at all times and in all waters.

Lingcod - Open at all depths Jan. – March and Oct. – Dec.  Open inside 30 fathoms Apr. – Sept.

  • 2-fish bag limit, in addition to the 5-fish general marine species bag limit.
  • A minimum size limit of 22 inches is required for retention of any lingcod.

Offshore Longleader Fishery – Outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line.
revised June 26, 2018

  • Use of longleader gear is required to participate in the Offshore Longleader Fishery.
  • 10 fish limit.
  • Only species allowed in the longleader 10-fish bag limit are:  yellowtail, widow, canary, redstriped, greenstriped, silvergray chilipepper and bocaccio rockfish. 
  • No other groundfish are allowed.
  • Offshore longleader trips can’t be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish, or halibut trips, and lingcod can’t be retained.
  • Longleader trips can be combined with tuna and/or salmon trips, as long as the “multispecies” rule which prohibits fishing for, or taking and retaining any species of salmon or marine fish while possessing on board any species not allowed to be taken in the area at that time, is followed.
  • Bottomfish listed under the general marine species daily bag limit (black rockfish, deacon rockfish, kelp greenling, etc.) may be kept on a separate trip on the same day only if fewer than 10 fish were kept on the offshore longleader trip. In that case, anglers may keep up to the general marine fish bag limit of 5 fish (starting on Sept. 19) on a separate bottomfish trip, but may total no more than 10 general marine species per day.

Offshore longleader fishery FAQs

Flatfish (sanddabs, petrale sole, etc.; not including Pacific halibut)

  • Open at all depths, 25 fish bag limit.

Any vessel fishing for, or possessing, bottomfish, including flatfish, or Pacific halibut in the ocean must have a functional descending device onboard, and use it on any rockfish released outside of 30 fathoms.

What can I  keep

Other resources

Waypoints (for fathom lines and other restricted areas)
Longleader gear
2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations
Catch estimates

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