• Fishing Report: Nov. 19, 2010

  • Ocean Outlook
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  • Coastwide - Another front is moving onto the coast, and the all-too-familiar hazardous seas warning remains in effect at least through tonight. Swells up to 11 feet are expected to develop along most of the coast during afternoons this weekend, likely forcing ocean anglers to stay home.
    When the seas subside, ocean anglers must remain within the 20-fathom curve to reduce the bycatch on canary and yelloweye rockfish. That means staying in waters less than 120 feet deep. When getting out, anglers are still catching near-limits of bottomfish each trip, but only one in 10 anglers has been catching a lingcod.
    The marine aggregate limit remains seven rockfish a day and two lingcod a day with a 22-inch minimum.
    All shellfish fishing is open coast-wide, including the popular Clatsop County beaches. Mussel harvest also is open coast-wide. For more information and updated closures, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474.
    Dungeness crabbing in bays off public docks in Winchester Bay and Charleston has been very good, and most of the crabs are in their hard shells. Lots of barely undersized crabs are in the mix. Ocean crabbing opens Wednesday, Dec. 1.
    PORT ORFORD - Ocean trolling for chinook off the mouths of the Elk and Sixes rivers is open through November, and fishing was poor this past week due to typically nasty November weather. Some decent catches were reported earlier in the season, but the rough seas have kept anglers in port.
    BROOKINGS - Anglers sneaking out of the port in early mornings when the surf dies down have been getting near-limits of bottomfish by staying close to shore and jigging near kelp beds.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Chinook and coho fishing has tapered way off in the estuary as the fish have moved upstream. Surfperch fishing remains good off the south jetty when weather permits.
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