• Fishing Report: Sept. 9, 2011

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  • Coastwide - The ocean is forecast to settle down pretty nicely by Saturday evening after a thermal trough that brought heavy sea warnings finally dissipates. That could make for some very good bottomfishing. The ocean coho season north of Humbug Mountain has been extended through Saturday, Sept. 10, to give anglers another shot at catching wild or hatchery coho at sea.
    Bottomfish anglers must stay within the 20-fathom line to steer clear of yelloweye rockfish, which must be released unharmed. Halibut anglers cannot fish for bottomfish while halibut fishing. The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Cabezon can no longer be kept by boat anglers 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.
    Tuna have come within 15 miles of some ports. Overall, the past week has been slow for tuna anglers except those running out of Port Orford, where anglers averaged nine tuna per trip.
    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 - The ocean salmon season has closed. Bottomfishing should be good when the seas settle down again. Halibut fishing remains pretty good, but the California halibut have yet to show up. Tuna fishing has stalled but it could improve with calmer seas.
    CHARLESTON - Coho fishing has closed for the season in the ocean and it opens in the river Wednesday for wild and hatchery coho. Trolling for chinook has been very good with cut-plug herring and flashers.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing remains good outside of the Rogue River jetties and along Nesika Beach when the winds die down during the top of the incoming tide and the first hour of the outgoing tide.
    BANDON - Trolling for chinook has been good with cut-plug herring all the way up to Rocky Point
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Chinook catches have been very good for trollers. Crabbing has been steady but the overall Dungeness catch has been low in the estuary.
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