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Inseason Closure

Anglers may no longer catch or retain lingcod, any species of rockfish, cabezon, greenling, or other bottomfish (aka groundfish) species beginning Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

News release

What Can I Keep, and How Many? (pdf, 2 pages) beginning Sept. 18


Descending Devices Are Mandatory

Any vessel fishing for, or possessing, bottomfish, including flatfish species, or Pacific halibut 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) 


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What's Open - Groundfish (aka Bottomfish)

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

Groundfish Species Beginning Sept. 18, 2017
Flatfish species (not Pacific halibut) Open at all depths.
All groundfish (bottomfish) species other than flatfish species Closed in all waters at all depths.
The Stonewall Bank YRCA (pdf) is closed to sport fishing for groundfish, including flatfish species, and Pacific Halibut at all times.
If your trip is going to involve Pacific halibut, please see the Pacific halibut page.


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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