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  • Reminders for 2016:

    • Cabezon retention is not allowed from January through June.
    • Retention of China, Copper, Quillback and Yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.
    • Anglers may retain no more than 3 Blue Rockfish (Blue Rockfish and Deacon Rockfish combined) and 1 Canary Rockfish as part of the 7-fish marine daily bag limit.
    • Anglers are urged to avoid Canary Rockfish and to use a descending device for any that are released. Read the news release

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What's Open 2016

Groundfish Species January-March April-June July-September October-December
Groundfish other than species listed below
Open at all depths
Open inside the 30-fathom line
Open at all depths
Closed outside the 30-fathom line
Open inside the 30-fathom line
Yelloweye, China, Copper and Quillback rockfish
Retention 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, then please refer to 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.

Recompression Videos

Watch a Yelloweye Rockfish get released using a recompression cage.

In this video, a sport-caught Yelloweye Rockfish is placed in a cage and then lowered to about 70 feet before being released. Note the barotrauma symptoms at the surface: gut protruding outside of the mouth, bloated body, and disorientation. Upon descent, the gut retracts, and the fish shows good orientation before swimming strongly downward.

When rockfish are caught in deep water (>100 feet, or 17 fathoms), the resulting barotrauma symptoms can look dire. However, if recompressed, a fish's immediate symptoms appear to resolve and many fish swim away.

This video was made in 2005 during ODFW research to evaluate how rockfish react to recompression.

Check out this entertaining and informative video on rockfish recompression.


Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Patrick Mirick
Assistant Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x223







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