• Fishing Report: Jan. 10, 2014

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  • COASTWIDE - Ocean fishing appears like it will be a bust through the weekend thanks to a small-craft advisory in effect through Monday. Storm fronts that are forecast to bring the first real rains of winter to Southern Oregon are headed in and will keep anglers at bay.
    For clammers, some nice evening minus tides are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday right around dusk.
    Mussel harvest remains closed from Cape Arago south to the California border, while razor clam digging is open along the entire coast.
    The halibut season for all of Oregon is closed, and chinook salmon fishing is closed coastwide.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate. No cabezon can be kept until July 1.
    COOS BAY - Crabbing has been very good from boats and off public docks, with good catches of legal-sized crabs. Recreational ocean crabbing is open but effort since the Dec. 1 opening has been light, largely because of rough seas. Clamming is excellent during low tides near Charleston, off Cape Arago Highway and Clam Island. There are also good places to dig clams even on positive low tides in Coos Bay.
    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, like they did last weekend. Poor conditions are expected this weekend.
    GOLD BEACH - The bay fishery is over. Surfperch fishing has been slow.
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