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  • Fishing Report: Oct. 26, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - The near-shore Pacific halibut fishery remains open north of Humbug Mountain through Wednesday because slightly more than 1,000 pounds of the quota remains unfilled. No halibut catches were reported in the zone last week, due largely to rough seas.
    Morning conditions look decent for bottomfishing Saturday, but the ocean is forecast to get a bit rough Sunday and Monday. No small-craft advisories have been issued so far.
    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 - Rain and cooler weather has dropped the lower Rogue temperature to 54 degrees, and bay anglers still are catching a mix of coho and chinook salmon. Some of the Indian Creek-bound chinook are showing up, and that has bank and boat anglers focused on the creek mouth. Trollers are averaging two to four salmon a day, with more coho in the catch than chinook. Troll the bay with anchovies behind chartreuse blades. Perch fishing has slowed, with little interest among anglers.
    BROOKINGS - Trolling with anchovies in Chetco Bay has been fair to good for fall chinook, and it should be good this weekend. Many of the fish have been in the 14-pound range, but a few 30-pounders have been caught. Trolling anchovies or herring near the top of the incoming tide has been best. Recent rains have lured some chinook upstream, but anglers are relegated to tidewater until Nov. 3.
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