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  • Fishing Report: Dec. 7, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Stiff winds and choppy seas are forecast into early next week, but no small-craft warnings have been issued. Today's morning chop looks doable, but then two weak fronts will move in and churn up the near-shore waters.
    The ocean is now open to sport crabbing, but the commercial season has been delayed until Dec. 15 to ensure good meat quality in the 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 plummeted this week because of heavy influxes of fresh water into bays. Look for poor bay crabbing conditions well into next week.
    GOLD BEACH - Rain and wind have blown away the bay fishery, as well as the stretches upriver of the estuary, for now. Perch fishing has been poor.
    BROOKINGS - Bay effort is nonexistent because of high water levels in the Chetco River.
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