• Fishing Report: April 20, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Hazardous seas warnings are in effect through Saturday, but it looks like a small window might open for fishing Sunday before bigger swells and surf return. That could mean trips Sunday for black rockfish and lingcod along near-shore reefs and off kelp beds. Red, white and black jigs are most popular.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Anglers are now relegated to inside the 30-fathom line. Cabezon are included in the aggregate daily bottomfish limit of seven. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    For clammers, some very good minus tides are forecast beginning Saturday and running for five days, but they're at night. Surf levels should make it possible for some beach digging this week, but most clam diggers will favor the bays.
    Ocean crabbing is open, but most crabbers will continue to work larger bays such as Coos Bay and Winchester Bay. Freshets have pushed crabs deeper into estuaries and out into the ocean.
    BROOKINGS - Bar conditions look decent Sunday morning, and that could give anglers with bigger boats a chance to get at the lingcod and black rockfish north of the north jetty. Rockfish catches have been slow but should pick up when the swells settle down for a while.
    Surfperch fishing should be good again Sunday and perhaps Monday at Winchuck Beach. Clam necks, mussels, prawns or bright flies all work well for surfperch.
    COOS BAY - Fresh water is pushing the Dungeness into the lower estuary and out into the ocean. Dungeness catches off the public docks in Charleston have been fair. Clamming around Charleston and Clam Island should be good, with some good minus tides in the evening. Saturday evening's low tide should be best.
    Chinook salmon fishing in the ocean is open down to Humbug Mountain, and effort has been light. Trollers should stay relatively close to shore but deep, using anchovies and hoochies.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing and crabbing has been slow due largely to turbid water. Look for a good sturgeon bite to occur once flows subside. Rockfish catches have been good off the south jetty.
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