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Topics include sport groundfish in 2018-2020 and sport halibut in 2018.

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Last meeting date & time
North Bend. Tuesday, August 1, 6-8 pm at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave.

Reminder: Bottomfish fishing is not allowed outside of the 30-fm regulatory line through September. List of waypoints (pdf)

For 2017:

NEW—Descending Devices Are Mandatory

Any vessel fishing for, or possessing, bottomfish 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) 

Bag Limits and Sub-Bag Limits

The marine fish (rockfish, greenlings, skates, rays, etc.) bag limit remains at 7 fish per day.

Of the 7-fish marine daily bag limit, no more than the number below are allowed:

  • NEW— 6 black rockfish
  • NEW— 4 blue/deacon, China, copper, or quillback rockfish combined
  • NEW— There is no longer a sub-bag limit for canary rockfish
  • 1 cabezon during open season (July 1- December 31)

Separate bag limits include:

  • Lingcod - 2 fish per day
  • Flatfish species other than Pacific halibut - 25 fish per day. (Skates and rays, although flat, are not included in this group; rather, they fall under the 7-fish marine bag limit.)

    Minimum Length Limits

    • NEW— Greenling = no length limit
    • Lingcod = 22 inches
    • Cabezon = 16 inches

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What's Open 2017

Groundfish Species January - March 2017 April - June July - September October - December
Groundfish other than cabezon and yelloweye rockfish
Open at all depths
Open inside the 30-fathom line
Open at all depths
Closed outside the 30-fathom line
Closed Jan-June
Open inside the 30-fathom line
Yelloweye Rockfish
Retention is prohibited at all times in all waters
The Stonewall Bank YRCA (pdf) is closed to sport fishing for groundfish and Pacific Halibut at all times.
If your trip is going to involve Pacific Halibut, please see the Pacific Halibut page.

What's a groundfish? Oregon's marine waters are home to many different species of groundfish (bottomfish), including lingcod, sablefish, cabezon, rockfishes, greenlings, and many species of flatfishes, sharks and skates. Pacific halibut is not a groundfish species.

Who to Contact

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x266







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