• Fishing Report: May 27, 2011

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  • Coastwide - The three-day holiday weekend could provide a chance for anglers to catch some bottomfish, chinook salmon or even halibut far offshore. But mornings will be the best time because swells and winds will pick up during the day, especially as a new but weak storm front moves through the region Saturday.
    Catches could be good for black rockfish and lingcod near rock piles and kelp beds close to shore. 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, 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 allowed past the 40-fathom line today and Saturday, with Saturday's traffic likely to be good. Some deep-water halibut anglers will be running out of Port Orford and Charleston.
    Chinook fishing remains open off the Central Oregon coast and catches are starting to improve for anglers fishing out of Charleston and Tillamook Bay. Troll deep and slow with anchovies and hoochies. No coho fishing is opened yet off the Central Oregon coast, and coho fishing is banned summer-long in the ocean off Southern Oregon.
    Sport crabbers are allowed on the ocean, and bay crabbing has improved thanks to improved salinity levels in bays.
    Excellent morning minus tides on May 30 and 31 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 is open, but success has been fleeting. Most anglers are trolling 150 feet or deeper, but commercial trollers have reported catching fish in the top 60 feet of water, so vary your depths. Most fishing has been six to eight miles out and throughout the water column.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing was improving this week at Nesika Beach. No bay fishing is going on for spring chinook. Some ocean rockfish opportunities could open up this weekend, particularly on early morning trips.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing remains slow. Crabbing has improved this past week as water salinity has increased to more Dungeness-friendly levels. Chinook fishing is open in the estuary but catches are slow. Some striped bass are being caught around dawn and dusk near the mouth of Smith River.
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