• Fishing Report: Aug. 3, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Nice-looking ocean conditions are forecast for Sunday, which could be a boon for salmon, tuna and bottomfish anglers along the coast.
    Some good morning low tides are forecast this morning and Saturday, and that should get clammers busy everywhere except Clatsop County, where the annual conservation closure remains in effect.
    Chinook salmon fishing has been extremely good off Southern Oregon ports, and coho catches are good off central and northern ports. Crabbers working bays are catching plenty of Dungeness, but many have recently molted so they have less meat, though the quality is excellent.
    Today and Saturday are the first days of the summer all-depth halibut fishery north of Humbug Mountain, and anglers are expected not only to hit the deep waters but also work inside the 40-fathom line.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. No cabezon may be kept for the rest of 2013. 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 was incredible Sunday, with more than 400 chinook landed and a three-hour wait for a spot at the fish-cleaning station in the port. Then winds kicked up and fishing ebbed. When conditions improve again, look for chinook anywhere from the jetty jaws to three miles offshore, trolling 30 feet to 50 feet deep with anchovies and hoochies.
    No favorable tuna reports so far.
    COOS BAY - Excellent morning clamming tides run today and Saturday. Very good chinook catches were reported earlier in the week before wind hampered effort. Albacore tuna were reported 13 to 15 miles out, but they were not biting as aggressively as tuna typically do.
    GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers are doing well for bottomfish when they can get out. Trolling the bay has been best during the afternoon and evening incoming tides. The bay is getting little pressure now, but there are plenty of chinook present.
    Surfperch fishing is excellent off the bay sand spit and at Nesika Beach. Use clam necks, mussels or Berkley Gulp sand worms.
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