• Fishing Report: April 5, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - The calm seas and flat waves that have contributed to excellent bottomfishing the past two weeks are over for now. Forecasts call for 25-knot winds and seas of 9 to 11 feet high through the weekend, which should be more than enough to blow bottomfishers back to port. And that's too bad, because near-shore lingcod fishing has been so good at places such as Brookings and Gold Beach that anglers were actually releasing keeper-sized lings in hopes of catching even bigger ones. Black, white and red jigs have been 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 crabbers, and sport crabbers have been taking advantage of the calmer waters to drop a crab pots on the way to bottomfishing reefs. Look for interest in bay crabbing to increase this weekend in Coos Bay and Bandon while winds blow ocean crabbers to shore.
    All shellfish harvesting, including mussels, is open along the Oregon Coast. 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, but poor ocean forecasts make it likely bottomfishers will remain in port at least until early next week.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been very good at spots such as Nesika Beach, but rough seas may put a damper on surf casters this weekend. When conditions improve, surf anglers will be 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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