News: Cabezon Retention Prohibited for Boat-Based Anglers Effective Friday, August 16
Oregon's recreational boat bottomfish fishery is rapidly approaching the cabezon quota of 16.1 metric tons for 2019, making it necessary to prohibit the retention of cabezon from all boat-based anglers. Fortunately, cabezon have an excellent survival rate of 93% when quickly discarded alive at sea. They do not have a swim bladder, and therefore do not suffer the same effects of barotrauma as rockfish.
This cabezon restriction does not apply to shore-based anglers. Anglers fishing from the shore will continue to have the opportunity to retain one (1) legal sized cabezon (16 inches or greater) as part of the five (5) fish marine bag limit.
Updates to the sport bottomfish fishery will be posted here: https://myodfw.com/sport-bottomfish-seasons