A limited sport bottomfish opportunity off the Oregon Coast outside the 40-fathom line will open Friday and run to Oct. 31. This season was negotiated by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife through the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to allow a harvest in the Oregon marine zone. This fishery primarily will be for yellowtail rockfish. It also offers opportunities for other species, such as sablefish and various flatfish.
Anglers are reminded that they are prohibited from retaining lingcod, cabezon, greenling and all rockfish species other than yellowtail. The fishing for these species closed earlier this year when the sport harvest reached federally-mandated caps on several important species.
"We want to get the word out, especially to private boats, that fishing for yellowtail rockfish is different from fishing for nearshore rockfish," said Eric Schindler, fisheries biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Resources Program. "These fish are a schooling rockfish found in the middle of the water column. Anglers going after this fish shouldn't hook many other rockfish species if they target yellowtail by fishing well off the bottom."
The daily bag limit for yellowtail rockfish is 10.
Inside 40 fathoms, fishing for surf perch and flatfish species - such as starry flounder, Pacific sanddab, and sand sole - is scheduled to continue through the end of the year. Fishing for yellowtail rockfish is not allowed inside 40 fathoms.
For a list of waypoints for the 40-fathom line, see the listing in the ODFW's Marine Resources Program Web page at (www.hmsc.oregonstate.edu/odfw/regs/recregs.html)