• Fishing Report: Dec. 23, 2011

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  • COASTWIDE - Rockfish have been scarce, but lingcod are plentiful when boats can get out. The problem is getting out. A high surf advisory is in effect on the southern coast through Saturday, with swells of 16 feet on the ocean and breakers as high as 23 feet in the surf zone.
    Ocean crabbing is open north of Gold Beach but closed south of Gold Beach until Jan. 15 to give the Dungeness more chance to fill with meat.
    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.
    For clamming, the entire Oregon Coast is open. Minus tide are forecast to continue for the next five days, through Wednesday, Dec. 28. Beach diggers should watch closely for sneaker waves. Call the shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 for updates.
    BROOKINGS - Lingcod fishing has been good when anglers can get out. Black rockfish catches are fair.
    COOS BAY - Crabbing has been excellent lately off the public docks in Charleston. The Dungeness meat levels are good. Ocean crabbing is open, which should reduce crabbing pressure in the bay. Lingcod jigging near Cape Arago has been very good when the weather allows. Black rockfish catches have been good along the inside of the north jetty.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Crabbing has been very good in the triangle area. Bottomfishing has been good off the south jetty.
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