• Fishing Report: Feb. 22, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Hazardous seas warnings are in effect today, and the incoming storm is forecast to bring waves as high as 22 feet Saturday before giving way to 13-foot swells Monday. That makes the prospect of jigging for black rockfish and lingcod sketchy at best. Look for better conditions late next week after the fronts have moved through the region.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. No cabezon may be kept until July. 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, but neither are spending much time on the waves. Dungeness crab catches have been good in bays lately, but bay crabbing conditions will turn sour when the storms hit area estuaries this weekend, which will push Dungeness back to sea. Charleston has the best public crabbing off docks in Southern Oregon.
    Mussel harvesting is open from the Columbia River to Cape Arago in Coos County, but a closure is in effect from Cape Arago to the California border because of elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxin. All other shellfish harvesting is open statewide.
    Eating whole, recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended. 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 - Surfperch fishing was good at Nesika Beach this past week, with surf anglers casting sandshrimp, fake crayfish and clam necks for some nice redtails. Fish both sides of the high tide, with the last hour of the incoming tide often best. Keep your eyes open for sneaker waves.
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