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  • Fishing Report: March 2, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Ocean conditions look fairly decent for morning rockfish trips this weekend. Wind waves of about two feet are forecast for Saturday and Sunday, which is pretty good considering a small-craft advisory had been in effect through this morning on the south coast.
    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 very good when anglers can get out. Look for lingcod to be around kelp beds and near jetties when the ocean subsides enough for jigging. Black, white and red jigs are good March producers. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    Ocean crabbing conditions are much better now that the weather is starting to cooperate. Dungeness are making their way into Oregon bays and estuaries thanks to drops in stream flows. Crab meat condition is excellent and the entire Oregon Coast is open for crabbing.
    For clamming, the entire coast is open. The upcoming tide sequence isn't that great for clamming, but a small minus tide is set for Thursday. Watch for sneaker waves.
    BROOKINGS - The bar has been rough most of the week, but wind waves of two feet or less are forecast for Saturday and Sunday, making near-shore lingcod trips possible and quite doable. Find the lings just off the north jetty and just north of the port. The lings are near shore for spawning, and this is one of the best times of year to catch big lings. Black and blue rockfish catches have been slow.
    COOS BAY - Crabbing remains 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 decent 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, but none of the low tides are that fantastic for clammers.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing has remained slow below the Highway 101 bridge. Crabbing has held on well for those working the triangle area, and crabbing should remain good until another heavy freshet.
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