• Fishing Report: Aug. 12, 2011

  • Ocean Outlook
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  • Coastwide - Good-looking seas are forecast for the weekend, which should increase effort for everything from bottomfish and chinook salmon to near-shore halibut off Brookings and tuna out of Charleston and Newport. The all-depth halibut fishery won't kick back in until next week, but near-shore fishing is open south of Humbug Mountain.
    Bottomfish anglers must stay within the 20-fathom line to steer clear of yelloweye rockfish, which must all be released unharmed.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. No cabezon can be kept from boats because the quota has been met. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    Ocean salmon fishing has picked up a bit but it remains slow. Coho fishing north of Humbug Mountain is improving.
    Another good set of minus tides is here through Monday, so look for some good clamming days this weekend. Beaches from the mouth of the Columbia River down to Cape Meares are closed to mussel harvest, but the rest of the coast is open.
    BROOKINGS - Good tuna water can be found about 30 miles west of the port, but it's been a tough run because of the wind and waves. Chinook fishing has been poor even when winds have allowed anglers to get out. Surfperch fishing has been excellent on calm days, with the females spawning near the Winchuck River mouth. Fish with sandshrimp, prawns, mussels and plastic, scented baits and streamer flies.
    CHARLESTON - Anglers taking charter trips for tuna are landing on average close to 10 fish a trip. Coho fishing has picked up, with anglers averaging one fish per trip. Only fin-clipped coho can be kept.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing is good outside of the Rogue River jetties and Nesika Beach, when the winds die down, during the top of the incoming tide and the first hour of the out-going tide. Trolling anchovies in the bay remains very good for fall chinook salmon. Look for the bay to be packed with anglers this weekend.
    ELK - Fishing for surfperch is very good in and near the mouth of the Elk River, with catches best before the winds pick up.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is still slow. Crabbing held steady this week but the overall Dungeness catch continues to be low in the estuary.
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