2019 Bottomfishing Regs Out

What’s the same as in 2018?

  • The general marine fish daily bag limit will be 5 fish
    • no more than 1 of which may be cabezon when open (opens July 1)
  • The bag limits for lingcod (2), flatfish (25), and the longleader gear fishery (10) 
  • Descending devices are mandatory on any vessel fishing for, or possessing, bottomfish including flatfish species, or Pacific halibut in the ocean.
  • The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, approximately 15 miles west of Newport, remains closed to fishing for bottomfish or Pacific halibut.
  • Yelloweye rockfish are prohibited at all times and in all waters.

What’s new for 2019?

  • During the seasonal depth restriction, angling for bottomfish will be allowed out to the 40-fathom line(rather than the 30-fathom line) AND the restriction begins one month later, on May 1 (rather than April 1)
  • In the offshore longleader fishery, retention of two additional species will be allowed — blue rockfish and deacon rockfish.

Additional information can be found on the ODFW sport bottomfish webpage, available by clicking here.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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