• Fishing Report: Feb. 1, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Calm, relatively flat seas and light winds are forecast for today, making a quick run to near-shore bottomfishing spots a good bet for coast dwellers, but then look for swells to hit 12 feet over the weekend, which will leave most ocean anglers disinterested in a day on the water.
    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 remains open to sport and commercial crabbers. Dungeness crab catches have been good in bays. Look for very good winter crabbing conditions into late next week. Charleston is the best spot for public crabbing off docks.
    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 - Some good catches of bottomfish were reported this week, with very little wind and plenty of sun.
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