• Fishing Report: March, 25, 2011

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  • Coastwide - A small-craft advisory remains in effect through Sunday as more rain, stiff winds and 10-plus-foot surf is forecast, which will keep anglers at bay.
    Chinook salmon fishing opened March 15 and will remain open through April north of Humbug Mountain, with Coos Bay and Winchester Bay hot ports during the later part of the season. Fishing has been poor since the season started because of bad weather.
    Bottomfishing has been tough recently because of bad weather, but look for excellent catches to occur once the seas subside. Near-shore catches of lingcod and black rockfish should be excellent.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon remains seven rockfish a day and two lingcod a day with a 22-inch minimum.
    Sport crabbers are allowed on the ocean, but few are fishing for Dungeness these days because of treacherous seas. Bay crabbing has been just fair at best thanks to high runoff from local streams all week. Look for bay crabbing to be poor into next week at best.
    All shellfish fishing is open coastwide, including the popular Clatsop County beaches, but clammers should be mindful of sneaker waves. Mussel harvest also is open coastwide. For more information and updated closure information, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474.
    BROOKINGS - The port is generally cleaned up after the March 11 tsunami, but little fishing has occurred because of rough seas. Surfperch fishing had been good around the Winchuck River mouth on calmer surf days, and look for more perch fishing some time next week. Clam necks and prawns are good baits.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been good at Nesika Beach with shrimp and prawns, but be careful of rough surf.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing remains slow. Crabbing has been fair, largely because of high freshwater levels in the bay.
    CHARLESTON - Chinook salmon season is open, but little effort so far because of rough seas. The lower area of Charleston continues to be fair for crabbing. Watch for sneaker waves while jetty fishing.
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