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  • Fishing Report: June 7, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Hazardous sea warnings are in effect through Tuesday evening as yet another weekend of windy weather and choppy seas push anglers off the water. Forecasts show the possibility of relief next week for coast anglers looking to take advantage of liberal salmon, halibut and bottomfishing seasons.
    When the surf and winds subside, look for fewer lingcod in the mix and larger catches of black and blue rockfish for bottomfishers. Chinook salmon fishing has been relatively slow on the south coast, and anglers will have to look for the cooler rip tides again.
    Clammers don't have any good minus tides to work in the immediate future, but some digging could be OK for those working bays.
    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 decent weekend for bay crabbing, although lots of smaller crabs have been in the catch of late, and South Coast crabs have started to molt earlier than normal, so meat densities are light.
    All shellfish harvesting, including mussels, is open along the Oregon Coast.
    BROOKINGS - The ocean salmon season is slow as anglers are stuck in port because of hazardous seas. The limit is two chinook a day. Most ocean anglers have focused their effort toward jigging for lingcod and black rockfish, because both of them were doing very well before the latest high seas. A few early-season halibut have been caught, as well.
    Surfperch fishing has slowed dramatically because of rough surf and heavy winds.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed. Bottomfishing effort is next to nothing because of rough seas and a gnarly bar.
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