• Fishing Report: Feb. 24, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Rough seas and heavy swells have led to hazardous-condition warnings for the South Coast through the weekend, and that should scare off most ocean anglers. The forecast appears to ease a bit next week, but not enough to make a trip from the Rogue Valley a good gamble.
    Ocean crabbing conditions are poor again for this weekend. Dungeness have been making their way into Oregon bays and estuaries thanks to drops in stream flows. But look for upcoming rains to push crabs back into the lower estuaries Saturday and Sunday. 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 has been excellent when anglers can get out. Look for lingcod 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. No minus tides are in the forecast over the next week.
    BROOKINGS - The bar has been rough in the afternoons, and it is forecast to get even rougher through Sunday night. Hazardous seas are forecast until at least Sunday night. A few locals are sneaking out and catching some lingcod off kelp beds and near the north jetty on clear mornings, but effort has been light.
    COOS BAY - Crabbing has been very good in the lower estuary and along the public crabbing docks of Charleston. Good crabbing should be available into Sunday, but watch for freshets to push the Dungeness deeper into estuaries and into the ocean.
    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 fair to good on low tides this week around Charleston.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing has been slow below the Highway 101 bridge. Crabbing has improved in the triangle area, but crabs could move lower into the estuary if weekend rains materialize.
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