• Fishing Report: March 15, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Calm seas are forecast through the weekend, so anglers looking to replace steelhead fishing with big lingcod and rockfish catches will have the conditions they need. Near-shore ling fishing has been very good at places such as Brookings and Gold Beach. Black, white and red jigs should work best. Winds and swells are forecast to be low by Oregon coast standards into early next week.
    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, and sport crabbers are starting to take advantage of the calmer waters to drop pots on their way to bottomfishing reefs. Meat content is a bit light in March. Look for interest in bay crabbing this weekend in Coos Bay and the Coquille River bay at Bandon.
    Mussel harvesting is open all along the Oregon Coast after state Department of Agriculture officials lifted a closure that had been effect from Cape Arago to the California border because of elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxin that have finally abated. The closure had been in place for five months. All other shellfish harvesting also is open statewide.
    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 - Surfperch fishing really picked up amid favorable surf conditions 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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