• Fishing Report: May 3, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - A small-craft advisory is in effect on the south coast through tonight, then the 25-knot winds will start to subside Saturday. Fishing conditions look good for Sunday and even better for Monday along the coast. That should give salmon anglers their first shot at chinook during the ocean recreational season that opened Wednesday.
    Spring jiggers will find lingcod close to shore and near kelp beds. 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 it should be a good weekend for bay crabbing, particularly in Coos and Winchester bays.
    All shellfish harvesting, including mussels, is open along the Oregon Coast. Eating whole, recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended unless only the adductor muscle is eaten. If you don't know what an adductor muscle is, don't eat scallops.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season for chinook opened Wednesday, but anglers have been blown off the water. A few might give it a shot Saturday, but expect better effort Sunday and Monday near the Oregon/California border. Bottomfishers have reported finding good schools of chinook throughout the Brookings area. Trolling anchovies with pink or purple hoochies is a good way to start. Vary your depth.
    Ocean jigging has been excellent for big lingcod and rockfish at near-shore rocks along kelp lines.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed amid stiff winds since last weekend. Look for surfperch to move in again Sunday or Monday as conditions improve. No one's traversed the bar for rockfish or salmon this past week amid very poor conditions.
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