• Fishing Report: Jan. 13, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Winds are expected to become southerly tonight ahead of a cold front that will swoop down to Southern Oregon ports from the north. Saturday morning looks potentially fishable in the ocean, but a steep northwest swell is forecast to develop Sunday and trigger stormy seas and possibly gale-force winds next week.
    Ocean crabbing conditions are relatively poor because of the choppy seas and swells. Ocean crabbing is open north of Gold Beach. Crabbing opens south of Gold Beach Sunday after a 45-day delay to give the Dungeness more time to fill with meat. The crabs should be in great shape now.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. New for 2012 is a rule that bans cabezon harvest until April to stretch out the cabezon season. 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. The next minus tide series is Jan. 19 through 25 starting in mid-afternoon. 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 has been excellent this past week in the estuary as high salinity content has kept the crabs in the bay. Look for good crabbing off the public docks in Charleston and Empire, as well as near the jetties. The Dungeness meat levels are good. 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.
    Clamming remains very good around Charleston, Clam Island and Pigeon Point even without minus tides.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing has improved below the Highway 101 bridge. Crabbing has improved in the triangle area since salinity levels have improved in the estuary.
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