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  • Fishing Report: Aug. 23, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Pretty mellow winds and decent seas are forecast into early next week on the south coast, which should make this second-to-last weekend of summer a good one for salmon and bottomfishers.
    Shellfishers will find a decent minus tide this morning, the last of a good set of tides that have helped clammers this past week. Mussel harvest from the California border north to Cape Arago near Coos Bay remains closed.
    Salmon fishing has been very good out of south coast ports when anglers have been able to get out. Lingcod and bottomfish catches have been very good coastwide. Anglers must stay within the 30-fathom line.
    The only halibut fishing across the vast majority of Oregon remains south of Humbug Mountain for Southern Oregon ports, where activity has been somewhat light except for some halibut fishing out of Brookings.
    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.
    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 - 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 pounders 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.
    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 really picked up this week.
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