• Fishing Report: March 8, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Relatively calm seas are forecast for the next few mornings, and that could give coastal anglers a chance to sneak out of local ports for some rockfish and lingcod fishing, which should be excellent around near-shore reefs and kelp beds. Black, white and red jigs should work best. Winds and swells are forecast to jump in the afternoons, but only to single-digit heights.
    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. Dungeness crab catches dropped in bays because of recent rains, but look for bay crabbing to pick up next week in Coos Bay and the Coquille River bay at Bandon.
    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 picked up again 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. Keep your eyes open for sneaker waves.
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