• Fishing Report: May 18, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - A small-craft advisory is posted through tonight, but the ocean is forecast to lay down through the weekend, and fishing should be good. In addition, a good string of morning minus tides starts early this morning and improves throughout the week. That should make clammers happy, especially in the Charleston area of Coos Bay.
    The near-shore Pacific halibut season is open. Expect to see some good effort out of Newport and Garibaldi for those hanging around the 40-fathom line. Bottomfishing is open only to the 30-fathom line, so halibut anglers need to run past 30 fathoms for halibut, then move back inside the 30-fathom line when bottomfishing or when they have bottomfish on board.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, which can include one cabezon. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    BROOKINGS - Stiff winds are in store through tonight, then look for the ocean to calm down for good bottomfishing opportunities. Chinook salmon fishing is open, and catches so far have been light because the chinook tend to move in as summer progresses.
    Surfperch fishing has been very good at Winchuck Beach near Brookings and Nesika Beach near Gold Beach. Focus on the top two hours of the incoming tide to one hour after high tide. Clam necks and Berkley Gulp sand worms have been the most effective baits of late, but mussels and squid work very well, too.
    For chinook, troll large anchovies with hoochies slowly in 120 feet of water or more near the shore. Chinook prefer near-shore waters.
    COOS BAY - A good morning clam tide will generate activity around Clam Island throughout the week. The near-shore halibut fishery is open, so look for some activity over the weekend. Chinook salmon fishing should start to pick up, especially with better ocean conditions.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing and crabbing has been slow but improving. Rockfish catches are good off the south jetty.
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