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Yelloweye Rockfish or Not?
Practice recognizing what you can keep and what you can't with this interactive quiz.


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Inseason regulation changes:

  • Beginning Sept. 19, the daily bag limit for general marine fish (rockfish, greenlings, skates, etc.) goes back to 5 fish.

     The reduced bag limit that was in effect from July through mid-September, combined with anglers targeting salmon and tuna, slowed the catch of black rockfish such that enough quota remains to increase the bag limit for the remainder of the year. News release 9/18

  • Cabezon retention is prohibitedNews release 8/15

What can I keep and how many? (pdf) revised 9/18

Getting ready for 2019. At a series of ODFW public meetings held in August, information about the 2019 groundfish recreational fishery was presented. (pdf 25 pages)

New in 2018

  • There are no sub-bag limits for rockfish species (canary rockfish, blue rockfish, etc.) in the general marine fish daily limit.

  • An Offshore Longleader Fishery is open ALL YEAR offshore of the 40-fathom regulatory curve. The daily bag limit is 10 fish; only certain rockfish species may be kept. See the FAQ page for details.

Fishing for flatfish species (excluding Pacific halibut) is open ALL YEAR at all depths with a daily bag limit of 25.

Additional information for 2018

  • Sport groundfish regulation updates (

  • Descending devices are mandatory on any vessel fishing for, or possessing, bottomfish, including flatfish species, or Pacific halibut in the ocean.

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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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