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  • Fishing Report: Dec. 9, 2011

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  • COASTWIDE - Ocean conditions look potentially good for Saturday, but the weather can change quickly here in December.
    Bottomfish anglers may venture past the 20-fathom line for the remainder of the month, but few have bothered recently to make deep-water runs. Those who do are finding a nice mix of black rockfish and lingcod.
    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 until Thursday. The commercial season also is scheduled to start Thursday, Dec. 15.
    For clamming, the entire Oregon Coast is open. A minus tide series started yesterday and is forecast to run until Wednesday, Dec. 14. With the heavy winter surf, beach diggers should watch closely for sneaker waves.
    BROOKINGS - A few anglers have been venturing out this week for bottomfish and were finding very good results off near-shore kelp beds. A few lingcod also have been in the mix.
    COOS BAY - Crabbing is excellent now. Freshwater flows remain low and salinity remains high. Good catches have been reported at the public docks in Charleston, and the Dungeness meat levels have improved.
    Good catches of rockfish have come when anglers have been able to get across the bar, and this weekend could present some decent conditions — especially early in the morning before the winds kick up. Fishing for black and blue rockfish off or near the north jetty has been good at the high and low slack tides.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Crabbing has become very good in the triangle area as river flows have dropped.
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