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  • Fishing Report: Dec. 30, 2011

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  • COASTWIDE - Small-craft advisories are in effect today, and very rough seas are forecast for the next three days as the first significant storm of the season moves through Southern Oregon. Swells are forecast for up to 15 feet Monday, making for some very poor whale-watching conditions along coastal points.
    Ocean crabbing is open north of Gold Beach, but crabbing remains 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 new cabezon season begins in 2012, but no cabezon are allowed in the catch until April.
    Lingcod fishing has been excellent when anglers have gotten out. 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, but no minus tides are in the immediate future. Watch for sneaker waves.
    BROOKINGS - Lingcod fishing has been good when anglers can get out. Black rockfish catches are fair to good.
    COOS BAY - Crabbing will taper off this weekend as freshwater from the rain will push the Dungeness into the ocean. Look for good crabbing to resume early next week off the public docks in Charleston. The Dungeness meat levels are good. Ocean crabbing is open, so that 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 tapered off in the triangle area.
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