• Fishing Report: Oct. 7, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Ocean anglers can venture past the 20-fathom line for the remainder of the season beginning tomorrow now that bottomfish restrictions to curb the bycatch of yelloweye rockfish will wane. Also, near-shore halibut anglers will be able to fish for and keep bottomfish starting Saturday, as that rule also sunsets for the season.
    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.
    The ocean coho season is over coastwide in the ocean, but anglers are now fishing for them in some bays, such as the Coos, Coquille and Rogue.
    Clatsop beaches open to clamming Saturday.
    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. The next minus tide is Oct. 13-14 in the evening.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season has been fair so far with lots of big chinook in the mix. Anglers are finding success in 40 feet of water just south of the river mouth, but troll at varied depths. The weather looks good for morning fishing this weekend. The bubble fishery runs through Wednesday, with the limit one chinook a day and five per season. Troll cut-plug or large, whole herring or sardines as slowly as you can.
    CHARLESTON - Coho fishing has closed for the season in the ocean, but the bay is open for wild and hatchery coho. Fishing for coho and chinook have been very good in the bay this past week, with solid 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 works best. A fresh batch of chinook moved in last week.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed amid choppy seas. Decent catches of rockfish have come when anglers have been able to get across the bar.
    Trolling in the bay for chinook remains good, with chinook starting to stack up near the Indian Creek mouth. Trolling cut-plug herring with a gold spinner has worked. Coho are starting to show up in decent numbers, but the ratio of hatchery to wild coho remains very low on the fin-clipped side.
    Bank anglers are hooking chinook near the creek mouth.
    BANDON - Trolling for chinook remains good to very good with cut-plug herring all the way up to Rocky Point. Some striped bass have shown up in the lower bay and they can be caught by casting and retrieving large Rapala lures that look like salmon smolts.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Chinook catches have been very good for trollers. Wild coho fishing is now closed, and anglers are catching and releasing a few dozen wild coho for every hatchery coho they catch. Crabbing has improved for Dungeness.
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