• Fishing Report: March 29, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Calm seas and light winds have made for excellent early-season jigging for rockfish and lingcod along near-shore reefs. Good ocean fishing conditions are forecast through the Easter weekend, with winds not expected to top 10 knots until early next week. Near-shore ling fishing has been very good at Brookings and Gold Beach. Black, white and red jigs should work 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 crabbers, and some are starting to take advantage of the calmer weather to drop a few crab pots on the way to bottomfishing reefs. Bay crabbing should draw some interest this weekend in Coos Bay and Bandon.
    All shellfish harvesting is open along the entire Oregon Coast, including mussel harvesting. The first morning minus tides of the spring season happen this weekend, making for good conditions for digging razor clams and bay clams. Anyone recreationally harvesting abalone or rock scallops will need to obtain the free abalone and scallop harvest card in addition to an Oregon Shellfish License. The limit for abalone is one per day and five per year, and for rock scallops it's 24 per day.
    BROOKINGS - Ocean jigging has been excellent for big lingcod and rockfish at near-shore rocks along kelp lines. Look for good fishing to continue at least through the weekend. Anglers have reported catching several chinook salmon accidentally while jigging for lings. They must be released.
    GOLD BEACH - Anglers are taking advantage of excellent surf conditions to fish for lingcod, with catches so good that some anglers are actually releasing lings just to keep fishing. Surfperch fishing has really picked up at Nesika Beach, 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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