• Fishing Report: Nov. 16, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - The near-shore Pacific halibut fishery is over for the year along the Oregon Coast.
    This is not a weekend to consider bottomfishing off the coast. Gale-force winds of up to 35 knots are forecast for tonight and Saturday. Seas up to 15 feet are forecast for the weekend, and high seas are on the horizon into next week. A gale watch and hazardous seas watch are in effect into Saturday.
    The ocean is now off-limits to sport crabbing through November. Sport crabbing will open in the ocean Dec. 1 despite a recent declaration that commercial crabbing will be delayed in the ocean until Dec. 15 because of poor meat quality in offshore Dungeness.
    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. However, storms that hit land beginning today will increase the freshwater load in local bays, forcing Dungeness to move down in estuaries or out to sea until conditions become more crab-friendly.
    GOLD BEACH - Rain and wind will blow what's left of the bay fleet off the water. A few anglers continue to fish for late-run fall chinook in the lower reaches of freshwater, where low water has chinook stacked downstream of spawning tributaries. A 57-pound chinook was caught by a bait fishermen on the lower Rogue this week.
    BROOKINGS - Bay effort has slowed now that the main river upstream of river mile 2.2 is open.
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