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  • Fishing Report: Aug. 16, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Decent seas with relatively light winds are forecast into Saturday afternoon, when the winds will kick up, but the forecast continues to call for fishable water into Monday off Brookings.
    Shellfishers will find very good minus tides Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for bay and beach clamming. Mussel harvest south of Cape Arago near Coos Bay is closed.
    Salmon fishing has been very good out of south coast ports when anglers can get out. Lingcod and bottomfish catches have been very good coastwide. Anglers must stay within the 30-fathom line.
    The all-depth halibut fishery off the central Oregon coast is closed after anglers wiped out the quota in the first two days of the season. Halibut fishing is open south of Humbug Mountain for Southern Oregon ports.
    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, and crabs are starting to fill out.
    BROOKINGS - Ocean salmon fishing remains very good for anglers when they are able to beat the winds and hit the water. Catches have been best for anglers trolling anchovies with hoochies about 30 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 depending on the 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. Bottomfishing for black rockfish and lingcod remains very good outside of Gold Beach when anglers can get out.
    Bay fishing for fall chinook has been slow.
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