• Fishing Report: March 30, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Thirty-knot winds and big seas are forecast into next week, and that pretty much spells doom for ocean angling. When this next series of storms moves through and the surf abates, look for excellent lingcod catches at near-shore reefs, as lings are protecting egg nests and are very aggressive.
    For clammers, no minus tides are forecast for another week, but there are some good low tides that should work well on most clam beds. Bay clamming will be best and safest because of the wave surges from the churning seas.
    Ocean crabbing is a bust for the foreseeable future because of dangerous conditions. Dock crabbing has been poor this week because of heavy inflow from coastal streams.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Beginning Sunday, anglers are relegated to inside the 30-fathom line to steer jiggers away from yelloweye and canary rockfish, and cabezon are back in the aggregate daily bottomfish limit of seven per day.
    The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    BROOKINGS - Bar conditions are extremely poor, but look for conditions to improve as early as midweek when the surf could finally lay down after an atrocious March. Chetco flows into the estuary are extremely high, and that has made any action in the estuary a bust.
    Surfperch fishing was good around Winchuck Beach on the few spring days when the surf has been down. The second day after the surf subsides normally provides better catches. Clam necks or prawns are working well.
    COOS BAY - Chinook salmon fishing is open north of Humbug Mountain, but activity is light due to very rough surf conditions. Expect to see some recreational boaters go looking for schools of chinook next week when the latest spate of storms abate. When the ocean settles down, anglers can prospect for chinook in waters about 150 feet deep. Vary depths, and slowly troll herring or anchovies with hoochies.
    Rockfish catches have been fair and lingcod catches good when anglers have been able to get out.
    Crabbing will remain slow off the public docks in the bay thanks to the heavy surge of freshwater from the ongoing storms. The low salinity will force crabs deeper into the bay and back to the ocean.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing has remained slow below the Highway 101 bridge. Crabbing will be poor for a while due to heavy inflows.
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