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Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations provide requirements for all zones. However, additional regulations may be adopted in this rule division from time to time and to the extent of any inconsistency, they supersede the printed Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

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Updated June 22, 2017

Sport Halibut

For inseason updates, see the Hot Topics box on the Sport Halibut Page and season map.

2017 Sport Halibut Season Map

Fishing Tillomook Bay

Fishing Tillamook Bay
-Photo by Kathy Munsel-

Descending devices are now mandatory in sport halibut fisheries. 

Any vessel fishing in the ocean for, or possessing, bottomfish (groundfish) or halibut must have a functional descending device onboard, and it must be used when releasing any rockfish outside the 30-fathom line.  A functional descending device is one that is ready to be used.


Ocean and bay crabbing is open coastwide. Recent tests by the Oregon Department of Agriculture have shown that domoic acid levels in Dungeness crab viscera have dropped below alert levels.

Sport Groundfish

Beginning April 1, bottomfish fishing is not allowed outside of the 30-fm regulatory line.  List of waypoints (pdf). 

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, descending devices are mandatory (see above under Sport Halibut). 

Also beginning Jan. 1, 2017:

The marine fish daily bag limit is seven fish in aggregate, of which no more than 6 may be black rockfish; no more than four may be one or a combination of blue, deacon, China, copper and quillback rockfish; and no more than one may be a cabezon (cabezon is open only July-December).

There is no longer a sub-bag limit for canary rockfish.

There is no longer a minimum length limit for greenlings (i.e., kelp greenling and rock greenling).

2017 What Can I Keep, and How Many? (pdf, 2 pages)

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