• Fishing Report: March 1, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Hazardous seas warnings and small-craft advisories are in effect until Monday morning, making offshore fishing a poor choice this weekend. 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 crabbing, but not many crabbers are braving the waves. Dungeness catches have been good in bays lately, but bay crabbing conditions will turn sour when storms hit area estuaries early next week. That will push Dungeness back to sea.
    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 spotty because of rough surf at Nesika Beach this past week, with surf anglers casting sandshrimp, scented rubber 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. Watch for sneaker waves.
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