• Fishing Report: April 22, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Fairly good ocean conditions are forecast to greet Easter-weekend anglers along the south coast. That could lead to very good catches of black rockfish and lingcod close to shore and near the mouths of estuaries, especially Coos Bay. Stick to near-shore reefs and just outside kelp beds for spawning lingcod.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, plus one cabezon, and the lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum.
    Chinook fishing opened March 15 and will remain open through April north of Humbug Mountain. Salmon fishing has been poor since the season started because of routinely bad weather.
    Sport crabbers are allowed on the ocean, but few have been fishing for dungeness because of treacherous seas. Bay crabbing has been just fair due to high runoff from local streams all week. Look for bay crabbing to be poor into next week at least.
    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 - Surfperch fishing is good around the Winchuck River mouth on calmer surf days, and look for more perch fishing this weekend if the surf dies down as forecast. 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. No bay fishing is going on for spring chinook.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Crabbing has been fair, largely because of high freshwater levels in the bay. Chinook fishing is open but effort is very light because of rough seas.
    CHARLESTON - Chinook salmon season is open, but there is little effort so far because of rough seas. The lower area of Charleston has been fair for crabbing. Watch for sneaker waves while jetty fishing.
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