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  • Fishing Report: May 20, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Anglers might have a slight chance for bottomfishing or salmon fishing in the early mornings this weekend, but stiff winds are forecast through the weekend at Southern Oregon ports. Swells won't be too bad, but the wind chop could create a few breakfast sightings. Catches could be good for black rockfish and lingcod for those focusing on near-shore rock piles and kelp beds. Big black or glow-in-the-dark jigs will be best. Rockfish anglers must stay within the 40-fathom line.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, with only one being a cabezon. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    Halibut anglers are relegated to near-shore haunts now, and catches will be slow.
    Chinook salmon fishing is open off the Central Oregon Coast, and catches are starting to improve for anglers fishing out of Charleston and Tillamook Bay. Troll deeply and slowly with anchovies and hoochies. No coho fishing is yet open.
    Sport crabbers are allowed on the ocean, but few are fishing for Dungeness these days because of treacherous seas. Bay crabbing improved in bays this week thanks to improved salinity levels in bays.
    Excellent morning minus tides are forecast through this weekend, and then again May 30-31, which should make for excellent spring clamming in Charleston and at Clatsop County beaches. Clamming is open statewide. Mussel harvest also is open coastwide. For more information and updated closure information, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean chinook season opened Saturday, but fishing was only fair when anglers were able to get out this past week. The fish caught have been relatively small so far, but wind has kept anglers at bay. Most fishing has been six to eight miles out and throughout the water column.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing was good again at Nesika Beach this week. No bay fishing is going on for spring chinook. Some ocean rockfish opportunities could open up this weekend, particularly in the early-mornings.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is still slow. Crabbing has been fair. Chinook fishing is open in the estuary, and catches are low. Some striped bass are getting caught around dawn and dusk near the mouth of Smith River.
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