• Fishing Report: Oct. 18, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Forecasts call for winds up to 10 knots and seas of 4 feet or less today and Saturday, but 20-knot winds and 7-foot seas Sunday as anglers look for a last shot at bottomfishing before the seasonal rough seas settle in.
    The restriction on bottomfishing inside the 30-fathom line for everything but tuna is over for the rest of the year, but there is not too much deep-water fall fishing to matter much.
    The offshore salmon season off Brookings is closed until next year. Tuna fishers have stopped running out far now that cooler water conditions have settled in.
    Chinook fishing is open through October from Cape Falcon south to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford, and catches have been light. The best catches so far have been off Tillamook Bay, where the catch rate this past week was close to 0.4 chinook per angler.
    Shellfishers will not get any morning minus tides they can take advantage of this week. However, there are some decent evening minus tides around dusk today and Saturday.
    Mussel harvest is closed from the California border north to the Yachats River in Lincoln City, while razor clam digging is open along the entire coast.
    The only halibut fishing across the vast majority of Oregon is south of Humbug Mountain, where activity has been somewhat light. That season, which has no mid-season quota, is set to close Oct. 31.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. The cabezon season has been extended because close to half of the quota went unfilled in the regular season, which was supposed to close Sept. 30. The limit remains one per day at least 15 inches long, and it counts against the seven-fish marine aggregate limit. 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 another very good weekend for bay crabbing thanks to lighter winds and low freshwater content in the bays. That should spread the Dungeness out, particularly in Coos and Winchester bays.
    BROOKINGS - Ocean salmon fishing is closed. Jigging for black and blue rockfish as well as lingcod has been very good when anglers have been able to sneak outside of the estuary. Anglers should release large female lingcod to help recruitment.
    Surfperch fishing has been on-again, off-again at Winchuck Beach depending on the winds. When the winds die down, catch them on bright streamer flies, clam necks, mussels or plastic, imitation crayfish.
    GOLD BEACH - A good mix of chinook and coho salmon are in the bay and creating a very nice late-season fishery for those trolling anchovies with spinner blades. A good slug of Indian Creek-bound chinook are staging off the creek mouth, and catches have been decent this week. Chinook catches are slightly outnumbering coho catches in the bay, and about three-fourths of the coho catch are wild fish that must be released unharmed. 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 might be possible this weekend.
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