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  • Fishing Report: Feb. 17, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Rough seas and heavy swells are in the offing at least through Sunday morning because of a strong storm front moving south from Canada. That should make for poor ocean-fishing conditions through the weekend.
    Ocean crabbing conditions will be poor again for this weekend. Dungeness had been making their way into Oregon bays and estuaries, but look for upcoming rains to push crabs back into the lower estuaries next week. Crab meat condition is excellent, and the entire Oregon Coast is open for crabbing.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. New for 2012 is a rule that bans cabezon harvest until April to provide a chance to stretch out the cabezon quota.
    Lingcod fishing had been excellent when anglers have gotten out. Look for lingcod to be around kelp beds and near jetties when the ocean subsides enough for jigging. 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 sequence begins today and runs through Tuesday. Afternoon minus tides should provide an excellent weekend of clamming coastwide. Watch for sneaker waves.
    BROOKINGS - The bar has been rough in the afternoons, and a small-craft advisory remains in effect through tonight. A few locals are sneaking out and catching lingcod off kelp beds and near the north jetty on good mornings, but effort has been light.
    COOS BAY - Crabbing has been good recently, with good catches near the north jetty and off the public docks in Charleston, though rain might put a damper on that for a while.
    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, and that should continue through the weekend, but focus on mornings before the winds kick up.
    Clamming will be good this week around Charleston, with a series of minus tides beginning this afternoon.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing has slowed below the Highway 101 bridge. Crabbing had improved in the triangle area, but crabs could move lower in the estuary should weekend rains materialize.
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