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  • Fishing Report: May 24, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Good ocean conditions will greet bottomfishers and salmon fishers for Memorial Day weekend. Today's seas will kick up to about 7 feet in the afternoon, but look for calm surf and showers Saturday and low surf and clouds Sunday. Don't worry about the rain; get some rain gear and double up salmon fishing and bottomfishing through the weekend.
    Spring jiggers still are finding lings close to shore and near kelp beds, but the gaudy catch numbers of earlier weeks have waned. Black, white and red jigs have been working best.
    Clammers are in the midst of a good set of minus tides that run through Thursday, so there are plenty of good digging options for the weekend. Check the tides for the bays you work.
    Chinook salmon fishing is open, with catches better along the North Coast than the South Coast, but that's typical of early-season angling. A few chinook have started to come into Brookings, but most of the interest has been on bottomfish there.
    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.
    It should be another good weekend for bay crabbing, although lots of smaller crabs have been in the catch of late, and South Coast crabs have started molting earlier than normal, so meat densities are light. All shellfish harvesting, including mussels, is open along the Oregon Coast.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season for chinook opened May 1, and catches have been light. Most ocean anglers have focused their effort toward jigging for lingcod and black rockfish, because both of them are doing very well. A few early-season halibut have been caught, as well. Surfperch fishing has been very good at 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 is very good with sinking lines and bright streamers. Red and yellow are the best colors.
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