• Fishing Report: May 17, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Good ocean conditions will greet bottomfishers and salmon fishers today and Saturday, but 25-knot winds and 10-foot seas are forecast for Sunday. That creates a good chance to head over the bar for lingcod and black rockfish, but not as good for chinook.
    Early-season salmon catches have been somewhat slow so far, with fishing better along the North Coast than the South Coast, but that's typical of early-season angling.
    Great bottomfishing has most charters and pleasure-boaters focusing on rockfish and lingcod. Spring jiggers will find lings 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.
    All shellfish harvesting, including mussels, is open along the Oregon Coast. A great set of minus tides begins late next week.
    It should be a good weekend for bay crabbing, although lots of smaller crabs have been in the catch of late. South coast crabs have started molting a little earlier than normal, so meat densities won't be ideal.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season for chinook has been open since May 1, and catches have been very light. That is common when the season opens this early. Most ocean anglers are jigging for lingcod and black rockfish because fishing for both has been good. A few early-season halibut have been caught, as well.
    Surfperch fishing has been very good at the Winchuck Beach. Incoming to high tides are best.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been excellent, 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 with sinking lines and bright streamers is very good under these conditions. Red and yellow are the best colors.
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