Recreational bottomfish will reopen October 1 for some species outside the 40 fathom regulatory line, with a 10 fish bag. Long-leader gear is required, and retention of black rockfish (aka “black sea bass”), other nearshore rockfish (blue, deacon, china, copper, and quillback), yelloweye rockfish, lingcod, and cabezon is prohibited. Please see the update news release at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2017/09_sep/092617.asp
In an effort to mitigate the economic impacts of the September 18 bottomfish closure on Oregon’s fishing communities, ODFW is raising the bag limit from 7 to 10 fish, after determining that the higher bag limit is not expected to significantly increase catch of species whose quotas have already been met. When used outside the 40 fathom line and properly deployed, long-leader gear fishes very cleanly for midwater rockfish. The higher bag limit is expected to lure more anglers to the offshore long-leader opportunity.
Species commonly caught on long-leader gear outside of 40 fathoms include yellowtail, widow, and canary rockfishes. Others occasionally caught on this gear that may be retained include, but are not limited to, bocaccio, brown, and greenstriped rockfishes.
In addition to the offshore longleader rockfish fishery, flatfish fishing will remain open at all-depths, as will spearfishing for lingcod. Each of these must occur on separate trips; combination trips are not allowed.
Inside 40 fathoms, the ocean is closed to angling for all bottomfish except flatfish for the remainder of 2017 because catch of black rockfish, other nearshore rockfish, and cabezon, which are commonly encountered inside 30 fathoms, have already exceeded annual quotas.
Waypoints for the 40 fathom regulatory line can be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/regulations/sport_fishing/waypoints.asp.
Long-leader gear requires a minimum of 30’ of line between the terminal weight and the lowest hook, as well as a non-compressible float above the hook. A diagram and specifications for the gear are available at ODFW offices or at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/groundfish_sport/index.asp.