• Fishing Report: May 11, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Blustery weather has kept most chinook and bottomfish anglers at bay, but those sneaking out in the mornings have done well of late for black rockfish.
    The marine aggregate limit is seven rockfish a day. Anglers are relegated to inside the 30-fathom line. One cabezon can be kept as part of the aggregate daily bottomfish limit. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    The near-shore Pacific halibut season is open, but light effort was reported the past few days due to rough seas. A few early halibut were caught just after the season opened May 1 off Brookings.
    Today and Saturday mark the second and third all-depth halibut fishing days for the spring season, but action has been light due largely to poor weather.
    Ocean crabbing is open but most crabbers will continue to work larger bays such as Coos Bay and Winchester Bay.
    A good late-morning minus tide greets clammers today but that's the only one in the coming week.
    BROOKINGS - Stiff winds made for poor ocean fishing the past few days, but bottomfishing has picked up when anglers have been able to get out of the estuary. Chinook salmon season is open south of Humbug Mountain but not a lot of chinook are present yet. Surfperch fishing has been very good at Winchuck Beach, particularly for anglers working the top two hours of the incoming tide to one hour after high tide. For chinook, troll large anchovies with hoochies slowly in 120 feet of water or deeper near the shore. Chinook prefer near-shore waters.
    COOS BAY - A good morning clam tide will generate activity around Clam Island. The all-depth halibut fishery is open today and Saturday, but rough seas could make for low catches. Chinook fishing remains a bit slow, but catches should pick up soon.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing and crabbing have been slow but are improving. Rockfish catches are good off the south jetty.
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