• Fishing Report: July 20, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Anglers can no longer keep cabezon after today because good summer fishing has filled the state-imposed cabezon quota for 2012. They must all be released unharmed.
    Favorable ocean conditions will start to deteriorate today as the winds and swells pick up. Windy and rough conditions are forecast through the weekend, with 30-knot winds and a hazardous seas warning in effect through Saturday. That will bode poorly for salmon trollers and bottomfish jiggers and dampen efforts to find schools of albacore tuna. Tuna reports out of the central coast had put albacore 17 to 25 miles offshore.
    Chinook salmon fishing has been very good out of Southern Oregon ports, and coho catches are good out of central and northern ports. Crabbers working bays are catching plenty of Dungeness, but many have recently molted and their meat quantity has been somewhat poor even though the quality is excellent. Another set of morning minus tides run today through Sunday. Clamming is open everywhere on the coast except Clatsop County.
    Halibut anglers must stay within the 40-fathom curve until August, when the summer all-depth quota opens.
    BROOKINGS - The chinook salmon bite has been excellent for those trolling 21/2 to 4 miles offshore, but look for rougher conditions this weekend with increased winds and surf. Bottomfishing has been very good close to shore. Halibut fishing had been good in 270 feet of water. Surfperch fishing remains very good in the Winchuck Beach area between heavy-surf days. Clam necks and Berkley Gulp sand worms have been the most effective baits, but mussels and squid work very well, too.
    COOS BAY - Very good chinook catches have been reported this week, but winds should kick up and might blow anglers off the water. Tuna catches have been good 17 to 25 miles offshore.
    GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers are doing well for bottomfish when they can get out. Trolling the bay has been slow even though good numbers of early fall chinook are present. Surfperch fishing has been very good at the sand spit at the Rogue mouth.
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