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  • Fishing Report: Nov. 4, 2011

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  • Coastwide - Ocean anglers can expect stiff winds and rough seas through the weekend, with small-craft advisories in effect through tonight. Winds are forecast to be up to 25 knots Saturday afternoon, kicking up 8-foot swells that could rise to as much as 14 feet Sunday.
    Anglers may venture past the 20-fathom line for the remainder of the season, but few have bothered to make deep-water runs recently. 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, the entire Oregon Coast is open, but no good tides are forecast for a few weeks.
    Chinook 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 — not lots of fish, but a few 50 pounders have been in the mix. Most are being caught with straight, large sardines trolled slowly. The wild coho fishery is closed.
    COOS BAY - Chinook fishing in the bay has waned, with some action still in the Millicoma and South Coos rivers. Crabbing has been excellent off the public piers and in the lower estuary and it will hold on until rains push the crabs out to sea. The Dungeness still don't have much meat in them yet. Red crabs have a lot more meat.
    Good catches of rockfish have come when anglers have been able to get across the bar.
    BANDON - A few bright chinook are being caught every now and then by trollers working the Rock Point area, but that's still a bit slow. Most of the chinook are between Coquille and Myrtle Point. Cut-plug herring behind a flasher is the bait of choice in the Coquille.
    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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