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  • Fishing Report: Oct. 14, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Winds of 15 to 20 knots and swells of 4 to 5 feet are forecast to be the norm through the weekend.
    Ocean anglers can venture past the 20-fathom line for the remainder of the season now that bottomfish restrictions to curb the bycatch of yelloweye rockfish have passed. Also, near-shore halibut anglers can fish for and keep bottomfish.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Cabezon are off limits to 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 County beaches are open to clamming after the seasonal conservation closure there lapsed 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.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season is over, but a few chinook are getting caught by trollers working the lower 2.2 miles of the Chetco River. That's the only open water until November. Rockfish catches have been low because of a lack of effort.
    GOLD BEACH - Trolling the bay is still good at times for a relatively thin bay fleet. Look for less effort because of the deer and elk hunting seasons.
    COOS BAY - Dungeness crab catches have been excellent off the public docks in Charleston. Good clamming is going on at Clam Island even without a minus tide. Good catches of rockfish have come when anglers have been able to get across the bar.
    Trolling the bay for chinook has been good, with chinook starting to stack up near the Indian Creek mouth. Trolling cut-plug herring with a gold spinner has worked. The wild coho season is open and recent fishing good. About 62 percent of the quota was caught as of Saturday.
    BANDON - Trolling for chinook remains good to very good with cut-plug herring all the way up to Rocky Point. The wild coho season is closed because the quota has been met.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Chinook catches remain very good for trollers. Wild coho fishing is 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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