• Fishing Report: Aug. 30, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Pretty mellow winds and low swells are forecast into early next week on the south coast, which should make for excellent fishing opportunities through the Labor Day weekend for salmon anglers and bottomfishers.
    Shellfishers will not get any morning minus tides this next week, but most morning lows are hovering around the zero mark, so they are as close to minus tides as you can get. Mussel harvest from the California border to Cape Arago near Coos Bay remains closed.
    Salmon fishing has slowed a bit off south coast ports, but Brookings remains the top chinook port by far for Oregon. Lingcod and bottomfish catches have been very good coastwide. Bottomfishers must stay within the 30-fathom line through September.
    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 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 fallen off 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 picked up and is good to very good.
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