• Fishing Report: Nov. 25, 2011

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  • COASTWIDE - Ocean anglers will be blown and pushed off the water at least through the weekend as a set of storms move through the region.
    Anglers may venture past the 20-fathom line for the remainder of the season, but few have bothered to make deep-water runs recently.
    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 Dec. 15, at the earliest after recent tests on Dungeness showed the crabs haven't filled out their shells yet. The commercial season also will not open on the ocean until at least Dec. 15.
    For clamming, the entire Oregon Coast is open, but no minus tides are forecast for this week. With the heavy surf, diggers should watch closely for sneaker waves.
    The only ocean chinook salmon fishing season now open is off the mouths of the Elk and Sixes rivers, where some anglers troll for chinook. However, extremely rough seas have kept most anglers off the ocean and in the estuaries. A few chinook are taken off the beach near the mouth of the Elk, as well.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season is closed, but a few chinook are being caught daily by trollers working the mouth of the Chetco River. Most are falling to large sardines trolled slowly. The wild coho fishery has closed. Crabbing is slow in the bay thanks to extremely high freshwater volumes.
    COOS BAY - Chinook salmon fishing is all but over. Crabbing slowed this week after high rains swelled the estuary with freshwater, pushing the crabs into the ocean. Look for the dungeness to return when the weather clears. The dungeness still don't have their normal level of meat in them yet, but red crabs have filled out.
    Good catches of rockfish have come when anglers have been able to get across the bar, but don't expect any of that this weekend.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Crabbing slowed dramatically as heavy freshwater flows hit the estuary this week.
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