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2018 recreational groundfish seasons have been set. Beginning Jan. 1, the daily bag limit for Marine Fish will be 5. An offshore longleader fishery will have a daily bag limit of 10.


Effective Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017

Long-leader fishery. Ocean waters outside the 40-fathom curve are open to fishing, with long-leader gear only, with a 10-fish daily bag limit. Black rockfish, other nearshore rockfish (such as blue, deacon, China, copper, and quillback rockfishes), cabezon, lingcod, and yelloweye rockfish may NOT be retained. Retention of flatfish species (sanddabs, sole, flounder, California halibut) is NOT allowed during long-leader trips.

Flatfish fishery. Angling for flatfish species (sanddabs, sole, flounder, California halibut) is open at all depths. The daily bag limit is 25. Retention of other groundfish species (rockfish, greenling, lingcod, sablefish, etc.) is NOT allowed during flatfish trips.

Lingcod spear fishery. Open only for spearfishing (at all depths).

Except as described above, anglers may not catch or retain lingcod, any species of rockfish, cabezon, greenling, or other groundfish (aka groundfish) species through Dec. 31, 2017. This includes all waters including off jetties and in bays and estuaries. News release 9/12/2017


Descending Devices Are Mandatory

Any vessel fishing for, or possessing, bottomfish, including flatfish species, or Pacific halibut in the ocean must have a functional descending device onboard, and use when releasing any rockfish outside of 30 fathoms. Functional descending device means one that is ready to be used. There are a variety of commercially available descending devices, ranging in price from $5 to $60, and some anglers have developed homemade devices. Make one from a Fish Grip™ (pdf) 


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What's Open - Groundfish (aka Bottomfish)

What's a groundfish? 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.

Groundfish Species Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017
Flatfish species (not Pacific halibut) Open at all depths. Retention of other groundfish species (e.g., rockfish, greenling, sablefish, etc.) is NOT allowed during flatfish trips. (Pacific halibut have separate regulations.)
All groundfish (bottomfish) species other than flatfish species and lingcod Outside the 40-fm line: Open. Long-leader gear (pdf, 2 pages) must be used. Black rockfish, other nearshore rockfish (blue, deacon, China, copper, and quillback rockfishes), cabezon, lingcod, and yelloweye rockfish may NOT be retained. Retention of flatfish species (sanddabs, sole, flounder, California halibut) is NOT allowed during longleader trips.
Inside the 40-fm line: Closed.
Lingcod May be taken only by spearfishing (at all depths).
The Stonewall Bank YRCA (pdf) is closed to sport fishing for groundfish, including flatfish species, and Pacific Halibut at all times.
If your trip is going to involve Pacific halibut, please see the Pacific halibut page.
 

Who to Contact

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Lynn.Mattes@state.or.us
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
Christian.T.Heath@state.or.us
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x266

 

 

 

 

 

 
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