• Fishing Report: Oct. 12, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - The near-shore Pacific halibut fishery remains open north of Humbug Mountain until anglers fill the final 4,700 pounds of the quota or until Oct. 31.
    A small-craft advisory is in effect today through Saturday, with winds up to 25 knots forecast for this weekend. That should keep bottomfishers in the bays.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, and no cabezon may be kept for the rest of 2012. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    Dungeness crab catches have been good in bays statewide, with boaters faring better than dock crabbers.
    GOLD BEACH - Trolling in the bay for coho salmon has been good to very good, with heavy catches of wild fish compared to hatchery fish. Fall chinook catches have started to increase as more fish bound for Indian Creek are showing up. Chinook in the 40-pound class have been caught recently. Trolling anchovies with a green Rogue Bait rig has been best. Perch fishing has slowed.
    BROOKINGS - Trolling with anchovies in Chetco Bay has created a consistent bite on Chetco-bound fall chinook. Lots of fish in the teens, but a few in the 30-pound class. Near the top of high tide has been best.
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