• Fishing Report: May 10, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Excellent ocean and tide conditions await ocean anglers and clammers who want to spend Mother's Day on the South Coast. Forecast are nearly flat seas today and small, rolling swells through the weekend. That should bode well for those fishing black rockfish, lingcod, chinook salmon and even a few halibut, whose season began last week amid poor ocean conditions.
    Spring jiggers will find lings close to shore and near kelp beds. Black, white and red jigs have been working best.
    Good morning minus tides are here through Tuesday, and that should make for good clamming at Charleston.
    Chinook salmon fishing is open along the Oregon Coast, with catches better along the North Coast than the South Coast.
    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 fairly good weekend for bay crabbing. Recent rains did not swell rivers much, so salinity levels should be good, especially for those crabbing out of boats. Lots of smaller crabs are in the catch coastwide of late.
    All shellfish harvesting, including mussels, is open along the Oregon Coast.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season for chinook has been open since May 1, and early action has been very light. That is common when the season opens this early. Look for the first few chinook to reach the cleaning station this weekend as nice, flat seas will draw good numbers of boats over the bar to fish for salmon. Add jigging for lingcod and black rockfish to the trip because fishing for both of them is very good. A halibut was caught and landed at Brookings earlier this week. That season also began May 1.
    Surfperch fishing has been very good at Winchuck Beach. Incoming to high tide is best.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has picked up very well with the calmer surf conditions, especially around Nesika Beach and the Highway 101 pullouts north of Gold Beach. Cast sandshrimp, clam necks, mussels or rubber crayfish for them. Fly-fishing for surfperch is very good under these conditions with sinking lines and bright streamers. Red and yellow are the best colors.
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