• Fishing Report: July 26, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - A small-craft advisory and gale warnings are forecast for the south coast, with winds peaking around 30 knots Saturday night. Nine-foot seas are forecast for Saturday, and that should discourage many pleasure boaters.
    All Oregon beaches outside of Clatsop County are open to clamming. Morning low tides are just shy of minuses and ought to encourage some clammers into action, especially around Charleston.
    Salmon fishing has been very good in south coast ports when anglers have been able to get out. Lingcod and bottomfish catches have continued to be very good when anglers have been able to get out coastwide. Anglers must stay within the 30-fathom line.
    The all-depth halibut fishery off the Central Oregon coast is closed until Aug. 2, and today is the last July day for Central Coast halibut fishing in side the 40-fathom line.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Cabezon may be kept, with a limit of one per day at least 15 inches long as part of that seven-fish aggregate. 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.
    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 - A public-health advisory has been issued against wading at Harris Beach near Brookings.
    The ocean salmon season again was excellent this past week when anglers have been able to beat the winds and hit the water. A small-craft advisory is on through Sunday, and that should keep most anglers inside. Catches have been best for anglers trolling anchovies with hoochies about 30 feet to 40 feet down in 150 feet or so of water within a few miles of the whistle buoy. Most of the chinook are in the 15- to 17-pound range, but there have been plenty of 30-plus-pound salmon in the mix.
    Jigging for black and blue rockfish and lingcod has been very good, and many anglers are targeting lingcod instead of chinook. Anglers should release the large female lingcod to help recruitment.
    Surfperch fishing has been on-again, off-again at Winchuck Beach because of heavy winds. Catch them on bright streamer flies, clam necks, mussels or plastic, imitation crayfish.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been excellent from the sand spit off the bay's south jetty. Catch them on mussels, bright flies, sand shrimp or fake scented sandshrimp. Chinook salmon fishing was not viable outside of the bay Thursday but catches have been very good at times in the bay.
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