• Fishing Report: June 24, 2011

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  • COASTWIDE - Big winds that have been a big problem for ocean anglers for more than a week are forecast to calm down this weekend, potentially opening a window for some chinook salmon and rockfish fishing early Saturday and Sunday before the winds and surf kick back up again.
    Rockfish anglers must stay within the 40-fathom line this weekend.
    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.
    Ocean salmon fishing has been slow.
    Another round of all-depth halibut fishing opened Thursday and runs through Saturday. Expect some effort Saturday, but nothing before that because of bad weather. More days in July could be added.
    BROOKINGS - Chinook fishing has been a bust because of bad winds most of the week and few fish. Bottomfish catches have been decent when anglers can get out. Surfperch have moved offshore so catches have been slow. After a few calm days, look for the perch to move back in close. When they do, fish the late incoming and early outgoing tides with shrimp, prawns, mussels or shrimp flies. Plastic, scented sandshrimp can work well, too.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed on the sand spit off the south jetty because of heavy winds. Some perch are lingering just off the surf break at Nesika Beach. Spring chinook salmon continue to move through the bay, but no serious fishing for them occurs in the estuary.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is still slow. Crabbing was on and off this week. Chinook fishing is slow.
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