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  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted new regulations that go into effect on January 1, 2017, including a requirement that vessels fishing for groundfish (bottomfish) in the ocean must have a descending device on board and must use a descending device for all rockfish released outside of 30 fathoms. There are also changes to bag limits. News release

  • Information on rockfish recompression and descending devices

  • Newport anglers | Seal Rock area through May 2017. Watch out for reasearch moorings inside of 20 fathoms (pdf)

  • Still in effect for 2016 through December 31:

    • Retention of China, Copper, Quillback and Yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.
    • Anglers may retain no more than 1 Cabezon (July-December and 16-inch min. length), 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 Yelloweye Rockfish and to use a descending device for any that are released.
    • What Can I Keep, and How Many in 2016? handout (pdf, 2 pages)
    • Rockfish ID Tips for 2016 (pdf)

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What's Open 2016

Groundfish Species * January - March April - July 14 Inseason adjustment: July 15 - Sept. 30 Oct - Dec
Groundfish other than species listed below
Open at all depths
Open inside the 30-fathom line
Open inside the 20-fathom line
Open at all depths
Closed outside the 30-fathom line Closed outside the 20-fathom line
Closed Jan-June
Open inside the 20-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, please see 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.

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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