• Fishing Report: Aug. 2, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Windy days but good-looking seas are forecast later this weekend, and that should bode well for salmon anglers chugging out of Brookings or lingcod anglers itching to get out of Gold Beach.
    Seven-foot seas and 15-knot winds forecast for Saturday will give way to 4-foot seas Sunday, and that should be excellent for the ocean fleet. It's also the first weekend in a while without a small-craft advisory in place for the south coast, where anglers in droves are fleeing smoke from inland fires.
    Tuna fishing was so-so out of Newport, where anglers ran 30 to 40 miles and averaged three fish apiece. That's a long run for three albacore.
    Other than Clatsop County, beaches statewide are open to clamming.
    Salmon fishing has been very good out of south coast ports when anglers have been able to get out, as have lingcod and bottomfish catches coastwide. Anglers must stay within the 30-fathom line.
    The all-depth halibut fishery off the central Oregon coast opened today and remains open Saturday. The next fishable dates are Aug. 16-17.
    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 a decent weekend for bay crabbing, and more keeper-sized Dungeness are showing up in the catch.
    BROOKINGS - Good ocean conditions will help Brookings chinook anglers, who are having the best season of any port in Oregon. Last week, anglers there averaged 1.4 chinook per trip, while the next best port in Oregon was Winchester Bay, where the average per trip was 0.4 fish. 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 as well as lingcod has been very good. Anglers should release large female lingcod to help recruitment.
    Surfperch fishing has been on-again, off-again at Winchuck Beach. 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. When anglers can sneak out of the estuary, they are knocking both lingcod and black rockfish at high rates fishing off near-shore humps and outside of kelp lines.
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