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  • Fishing Report: May 13, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Early mornings could provide weekend anglers with another good shot at catching black rockfish and lingcod as winds and surf are forecast to stay somewhat low this weekend. Focus on near-shore rock piles and near kelp beds for bottomfish, especially lingcod.
    Big black or glow-in-the-dark jigs will be best. Rockfish anglers must stay within the 40-fathom line now.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, plus one cabezon. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum. Lingcod and cabezon are separate from the marine aggregate.
    The first all-depth halibut season started Thursday and runs through Saturday, with anglers out of Charleston, Port Orford and Newport running past the 40-fathom line to deep-water halibut haunts.
    Chinook salmon fishing is open off the Central Oregon coast, but catches have been light. No coho fishing is allowed there yet.
    Bay crabbing has been just fair recently because of high runoff from streams. Look for bay crabbing to remain that way into next week.
    All shellfish fishing is open coastwide, including the popular Clatsop County beaches. Clammers should be mindful of sneaker waves. For more information and updated closure information, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean chinook season opens Saturday, but early-season effort should be light because not many chinook are available near Brookings now. Surfperch fishing was picking up this week around the Winchuck River mouth thanks to better surf conditions. Look for decent catches on incoming tides this weekend if the wind stays down. Catch them with clam necks, prawns shrimp flies, mussels or plastic shrimp imitations.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been improving at Nesika Beach. No spring chinook are being caught in the bay. Some ocean rockfish opportunities could open up this weekend, particularly on early-morning trips.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing remains slow. Crabbing has been fair, largely because of high freshwater levels in the bay. Chinook fishing is open in the estuary, but catches are light. Some striped bass are being caught around dawn and dusk near the mouth of Smith River.
    CHARLESTON - Chinook salmon season is open, but little effort so far because of rough seas. Early all-depth halibut fishing should be good this week if the weather permits, with only bigger boats venturing past the 40-fathom line. The lower area of Charleston has been fair for crabbing. Watch for sneaker waves while jetty-fishing.
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