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  • Fishing Report: Oct. 28, 2011

  • Ocean Outlook
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  • Coastwide - Ocean anglers can expect some decent morning seas this weekend, with wind chop kicking up in the afternoons.
    Anglers may venture past the 20-fathom line for the remainder of the season, but few have bothered to make deep-water runs. Also, near-shore halibut anglers may fish for and keep bottomfish during near-shore halibut trips until the near-shore halibut season ends Monday evening.
    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 is closed to recreational crabbing through Nov. 30.
    For clamming, a good set of minus tides runs through Halloween.
    The entire Oregon Coast is open to mussel and shellfish harvesting.
    Chinook salmon fishing opens Tuesday off the mouths of the Elk and Sixes rivers, where some anglers troll for chinook. A few are taken off the beach near the mouth of the Elk, as well.
    No tuna catches were reported statewide this past week.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season is closed, but a few chinook are being caught daily by trollers working the lower 2.2 miles of the Chetco River. Not a lot of fish have been caught, but a few 50-pounders have been reported. Most are being caught with straight, large sardines trolled slowly.
    Rockfish catches have been low because of a lack of effort. Halibut anglers can fish through Halloween, but effort has been sparse.
    COOS BAY - Crab catches have been excellent off the public docks, but the Dungeness don't have much meat in them yet. Red crabs have a lot more meat. Good clamming will occur through Monday. Places such as Clam Island will be best, but crowded.
    Good catches of rockfish have come when anglers have been able to get across the bar.
    Trolling the bay for chinook has started to taper off, with chinook present near Daniels Creek, as well in tidewater areas up the Millicoma and South Coos rivers. Trolling cut-plug herring with a gold spinner has worked. The wild coho season is now closed, so it is catch-and-release only on wild coho.
    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 now closed because the quota has been met.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Chinook catches are waning and coho fishing has slowed down. Wild coho fishing is closed. Crabbing in the bay has been excellent.
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