• Fishing Report: Jan. 25, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Hazardous seas are forecast through today, and it doesn't look much better through the weekend as 13-foot swells are predicted for Saturday, followed by 9-foot swells and 15-knot winds Sunday. That should chase any January jiggers away from bottomfishing spots.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, and no cabezon may be kept until July. Retention of cabezon is allowed July 1 through Sept. 30. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    The ocean is open to sport and commercial crabbers. Dungeness crab catches have been good in bays, but look for poor crabbing conditions this weekend as estuaries fill with fresh water from this week's rains.
    The Oregon Department of Agriculture has opened mussel harvesting from the Columbia River to Cape Arago in Coos County, but a closure remains in effect from Cape Arago to the California border because of elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxin. All other shellfish harvesting is open from the Columbia River to the California border.
    Eating whole, recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended, however. Coastal scallops are not affected by toxin closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten. If you don't know what an adductor muscle is, don't eat scallops.
    GOLD BEACH - Very little ocean and bay activity has occurred out of Gold Beach recently.
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