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  • Fishing Report: June 15, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Rough seas and high winds have plagued ocean anglers all week, and the weekend could bring much of the same.
    Good morning minus tides start Saturday for clammers, and they will run all week, giving diggers plenty of opportunities in bays and on open beaches.
    Ocean crabbing is open.
    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 - The chinook salmon bite slumped this past week largely because of conditions and not a lack of fish. When anglers weren't blown off the water they were getting chinook about three miles offshore by trolling 30 to 40 feet down with small anchovies with purple hoochies.
    A few Pacific halibut were caught this week. The action was light, but a few limits before 7 a.m. were reported.
    Excellent black rockfish catches have occurred in recent days from the mouth of the Chetco up to House Rock, with black, white and red jigs working best.
    Surfperch fishing has been very good to excellent at Winchuck 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, but mussels and squid work very well, too.
    COOS BAY - Good morning clamming tides start Saturday morning and run through the week. Clam Island will be a focus. Chinook fishing has slowed largely because anglers are getting blown off the water early. The all-depth Pacific halibut fishery kicked in again Thursday and runs through Saturday. No tuna reports yet.
    GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers have been kept off the water. Surfperch fishing has been very good at the sand spit at the Rogue mouth and Nesika Beach north of town.
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