• Fishing Report: Sept. 25, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Rain and swells 7 to 9 feet tall are forecast for the weekend, and that might scare bottomfishers and Brookings salmon fishermen away.
    The ocean coho season is over coastwide in the open ocean, but anglers are still fishing in some bays, such as the Coos, Coquille and Rogue, for them.
    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.
    Clatsop beaches will reopen to clamming Saturday, Oct. 1. The next minus tide series starts Sunday for clammers statewide.
    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 reopens Saturday, Oct. 1, off the Chetco mouth and stays open through Oct. 12. Bottomfishing has been fair to good. A few chinook are getting caught daily by anglers trolling cut-plug herring in the bay, but no big chinook have been caught yet.
    CHARLESTON - Coho fishing has closed for the season in the ocean, and the bay opened for wild and hatchery coho Wednesday. Fishing for coho and chinook have been very good in the bay this past week, with great catches near the jetties, off the public dock in Coos Bay and at the mouth of Daniel's Creek. Trolling cut-plug herring behind flashers work best.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed amid choppy seas. Trolling anchovies with spinner blades was fabulous for fall chinook Monday but tapered off in recent days. A few coho are starting to show up in the bay, while the first few Indian Creek-bound chinook were caught this week. Water conditions are improving.
    BANDON - Trolling for chinook remains good to very 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. Wild coho fishing is open. Early catches of coho have been good and it will get even better. Crabbing has been steady but the overall Dungeness catch has been low in the estuary.
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