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  • What Can I Keep, and How Many? handout (pdf, 2 pages) updated March 11

  • NEW RULE effective March 11

    • Anglers may retain one Canary Rockfish as part of the 7-fish marine daily bag limit but are urged to avoid Canary Rockfish (retaining one injured fish if caught incidentally) and to recompress any that are released. Read the news release

  • Reminders:

    • Anglers may retain no more than 3 Blue Rockfish per day as part of the 7-fish marine bag limit.
    • Retention of China, Copper, Quillback and Yelloweye rockfish is prohibited.
    • Anglers may fish for bottomfish (groundfish) at all depths through March 31, 2015, except Cabezon cannot be retained until July 1, 2015.

  • Seal Rock (between Newport and Waldport): Caution all vessels - Research mooring

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What's Open 2015

Groundfish 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
Open inside the 30-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, then please refer to 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.


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.


Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x237
Patrick Mirick
Assistant Project Leader
Phone: (541) 867-0300 x223







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