• Fishing Report: March 22, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Today's stiff winds are forecast to drop from 20 knots to 10 knots Saturday, with swells starting to calm in the morning but building as the early afternoon winds pick up again.
    Jigging for big lingcod has been excellent this past week as many coast anglers have turned away from late-run winter steelhead for some time on the ocean. Near-shore ling fishing has been very good at Brookings and Gold Beach, with black, white and red jigs working best.
    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 by dropping a few crab pots on the way to bottomfishing reefs. Meat content is a bit light in March. Look for bay crabbing to pick up this weekend in Coos Bay and the Coquille River bay at Bandon.
    Mussel harvesting is open along the entire Oregon Coast. All other shellfish harvesting is open statewide, as well. 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.
    BROOKINGS - Ocean jigging has been excellent for big lingcod and rockfish at near-shore rocks along kelp lines. Anglers have even reported catching several chinook salmon accidentally while jigging for lings. They must be released.
    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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