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  • Fishing Report: Sept. 27, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Forecasts call for a storm to move in over the weekend that will ratchet up the winds and seas by Saturday evening. Forecasts are for 25-knot winds Saturday and 30-knot winds Sunday, along with 15-foot swells. That will put a damper on Tuesday's start of the chinook salmon season in the ocean off the mouth of the Chetco River.
    The restriction to bottomfish fishing inside the 30-fathom line for everything but tuna will be lifted Tuesday morning, but don't expect too much deep-water action thanks to poor seas.
    Tuna fishers have stopped running out far now that cooler water conditions have settled in.
    Shellfishers will not get any morning minus tides they can take advantage of this week. Mussel harvest from the California border north to Cape Arago near Coos Bay remains closed.
    The only halibut fishing across the vast majority of Oregon is south of Humbug Mountain, 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 through Sept. 30, 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 is likely to be a rough weekend for bay crabbing thanks to stepped-up winds. However, the crab are in very good condition for eating now.
    Mussel harvest is closed from the mouth of Yachats River south to the California border.
    BROOKINGS - Ocean salmon fishing resumes Tuesday off the Chetco River mouth, but the action likely won't get going until later in the week once the heavy winds subside. Chetco-bound chinook tend to hold near the bottom, so slowly trolling anchovies near the bottom or skipping them along the ocean floor, while trolling with banana sinkers are good bets for this fishery, which runs through Oct. 13.
    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, so it's likely to be an iffy weekend for surfperch. When the winds die down, catch them on bright streamer flies, clam necks, mussels or plastic, imitation crayfish.
    GOLD BEACH - A mix of chinook and coho salmon are in the bay, and Wednesday brought a decent flurry of catches, but overall success has been rather light. Indian Creek-bound chinook have not shown up in force yet, but they could any day. Surfperch fishing has fallen off from the sand spit off the bay's south jetty. Bottomfishing for black rockfish and lingcod remains very good outside of Gold Beach when anglers can get out, which doesn't look possible this weekend.
    Bay fishing remains slow for chinook.
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