Offshore longleader gear fishery bag limit increases to 15 fish per day beginning March 1

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

NEWPORT, Ore. – The recreational offshore longleader gear fishery daily bag limit will increase to 15 fish per day beginning on Wednesday, March 1. The current bag limit is 10 fish per day.

ODFW staff worked with the Pacific Fishery Management Council and National Marine Fisheries Service to allow this additional opportunity for anglers on healthy stocks. The increased bag limit may also help take some pressure off nearshore rockfish species.

The longleader gear fishery targets healthy midwater rockfish stocks such as yellowtail and widow rockfish. To participate in the longleader gear fishery, anglers must be outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line and have a minimum of 30 feet between their weight and the lowest hook with a non-compressible float above the hooks. This helps keep the gear away from yelloweye rockfish.

The 15-fish bag limit applies to 10 species of midwater rockfish only (yellowtail, widow, canary, redstripe, greenstriped, silvergray, chilipepper, blue, deacon and bocaccio rockfishes). Other bottomfish, including lingcod, are not allowed with longleader gear fishing.

More information including a gear schematic and frequently asked questions can be found at

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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, February 23rd

Grande Ronde River: Anglers have been catching steelhead on the Grande Ronde River
Imnaha River: Steelhead fishing recently has been slow on the Imnaha River but should improve in the coming week
Wallowa River: Trout fishing has been good on the Wallowa River this winter
Crooked River: Anglers report fair fishing with most trout in the 6 to 12-inch range
Fall River: Fly-anglers continue to report good winter fishing in the Fall River
Hills Creek Reservoir: Hills Creek Reservoir Update
Alsea River: The popular NF Alsea fishery is open and improving
Kilchis River: The Kilchis remains low and clear
Miami River: Miami remains low and clear
Necanicum River: The Necanicum will remain low and clear at least until the rains come early next week
Nehalem River: The lower Nehalem is getting a little bump in flows today and will be on the drop through Sunday
Nehalem River- North Fork: The North Fork Nehalem remains low and clear
Siletz River: We are seeing a handful of newer fish push into the system and push higher into the system
Trask River: Fishing was slow on the Trask last weekend, but there were a few fish caught
Wilson River: Steelhead fishing on the Wilson was slow over the weekend
Yaquina River: Fishing has been challenging the past few weeks but it’s starting to pick up
Chetco River: Rain and snow this week should change river conditions enough to give anglers a chance at catching a steelhead
Elk River: Rain this week may improve conditions enough for boat anglers to get on the river
Fish Lake : Fish Lake is at 41 percent full
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie has started to fill and is at 18 percent full
Rogue River - Middle: Winter steelhead are being caught throughout the middle Rogue
Rogue River- Upper: No winter steelhead showed up to the hatchery last week, and the season total remains at 10
Sixes River: Should be some good fishing conditions as flow drop and clear
Winchuck River: Low and clear
Krumbo Reservoir: Fishing for 16 to 18-inch rainbow trout has been good

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