• Fishing Report: May 25, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Decent-looking seas are forecast for the weekend after a storm front moves through today, which bodes well for a holiday weekend on the seas. Fairly good morning minus tides will happen today and Saturday for clammers at hotspots such as Charleston and Empire.
    The all-depth Pacific halibut season is open today and Saturday, with excellent halibut catches expected out of Charleston, Newport and Garibaldi. Bottomfishing is open only to the 30-fathom line, so halibut anglers who want to catch bottomfish need to run past 30 fathoms for halibut, then move back inside 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 - Excellent lingcod and black rockfish catches have been reported in recent days from the mouth of the Chetco River up to House Rock, with black, white and red jigs working well. A few Pacific halibut were caught this past week by anglers not encumbered by the 40-fathom rule south of Humbug Mountain. Chinook fishing in the ocean has been slow.
    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.
    COOS BAY - A good morning clam tide will generate activity around Clam Island today and Saturday. Chinook fishing was very good for a while earlier in the week but died down as a storm front moved through. Look for a resurgence in the chinook bite this weekend for ocean anglers heading three miles straight out of Coos Bay. Troll anywhere from 12 feet to 60 feet down in the water column for chinook there.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing remains slow. Rockfish catches are good off the south jetty.
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