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Sport Groundfish


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.

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  • Public asked to weigh in on 2015 groundfish and sport halibut seasons   News release

  • Beginning October 1, anglers may fish for bottomfish (groundfish) at all depths.  

  • The 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations book has errors in the waypoints for the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area (YRCA) in the table on page 105.  The correct coordinates (pdf) are the same as the last several years.

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What's Open 2014

Grounfish 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
Cabezon
Closed
Open inside the 30-fathom line
Open at all depths
Yelloweye rockfish and canary 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.


Underwater Glimpse

Watch a yelloweye rockfish get released using a recompression cage. (3.6 mb) Requires Windows Media Player

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 symptoms at the surface (gut, bloated body, 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), symptoms seem dire - protruding gut, bloated body and bulging eyes. If recompressed, a fish's immediate symptoms appear to resolve and many fish swim away. Long-term survival for these fish is not known.

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.

Contacts

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Lynn.Mattes@state.or.us
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Patrick Mirick
Assistant Project Leader
Patrick.P.Mirick@state.or.us
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x223

 

 

 

 

 

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