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Recreational Bottomfish Closure set for end of day Sunday, September 17
Oregon’s recreational bottomfish season will close to all species but flatfish as of Sunday, Sept. 17 at 11:59 p.m. due to the annual quotas for several nearshore species having been reached. After Sunday, Sept. 17, anglers may no longer catch or retain lingcod, any species of rockfish, cabezon, greenling, or other bottomfish, except for flatfish species (sole, flounders, sanddabs and halibut other than Pacific halibut).
Recreational efforts have been higher than anticipated this year, higher than any other year in the last 15 years, and peaked during the month of August. High catch rates, good fishing weather, and fewer other angler opportunities led to more boats and anglers targeting bottomfish this year. “It’s been a poor salmon season and tuna haven’t really made a strong showing within range of most recreational anglers,” said Maggie Sommer, ODFW. “This increased fishing pressure on bottomfish, and anglers had a lot of success pursuing these species.”
Several ocean fishing opportunities remain available, including:
– Flatfish, such as sanddabs and petrale sole (not including Pacific halibut, which are managed separately) open to all depths starting Monday, Sept. 18.
– Crabbing in oceans and bays
– Nearshore halibut between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt. (until Oct. 31 or until the quota is reached).
– Halibut south of Humbug Mt. (until Oct. 31 or until the quota is reached).
– Tuna, which are starting to come closer to shore on the south coast of Oregon now.
– Ocean salmon, which is open from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. through Oct. 31 for all salmon except coho (beginning Oct. 1, all anglers fishing for salmon or with salmon on board are restricted to inside the 40-fathom line).
For more information on Oregon’s marine resources and fisheries, please see:
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The Port of Port Orford is a unique Port in the heart of a unique town. The first thing you will see as you come down the hill to the high dock are the two large yellow cranes. The second thing is the lack of a harbor. It is home to the only ‘dolly dock’ on the West Coast, where vessels are launched and retrieved using the cranes, and housed on homemade dollies when not fishing. Come down and visit, but be careful! This is working Port, so watch your step!
The Port of Port Orford is located in one of the most picturesque places on the Oregon Coast. The history of this area is rich and fascinating. Beginning with the founding of Port Orford by Captain William Tichenor in 1851 to the current uniqueness of the Port Orford fishing community, Port Orford has always been a source of change for the Oregon Coast.
To find out more about the Port Orford area, stop in the Port Orford Visitor’s Center at Battle Rock Wayfinding Point, research with the help of our friendly librarians at the Port Orford Library, or check out other area links.
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