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  • Fishing Report: Feb. 28, 2014

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  • COASTWIDE - Forecasts call for the ocean to get progressively more mellow through the weekend, and by Sunday the 5-knot winds and somewhat flat seas will be welcome for those heading out for black rockfish and lingcod at near-shore reefs.
    Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish. Lingcod are starting to move into the shallows in force for the spring spawn, and this is the best time to catch them. Black, white or red jigs are always good bets, but lings are so aggressive now that color doesn't matter.
    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. Anglers are no longer relegated to within the 40-fathom line for rockfish.
    Clammers will see evening minus tides today through the weekend, offering some evening digs amid relatively calm seas.
    All shellfish fishing is open along the entire Oregon Coast.
    The halibut season for all of Oregon is closed, and chinook salmon fishing is closed coastwide.
    COOS BAY - Crabbing has slowly improved as salinity levels have moved closer to normal in the bay. Weekend clamming will be better now that wave surges have calmed down. Jetty fishing will improve now that the bay has settled down some. Fish high slack and low slack tides for best results.
    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. Saturday looks OK, but Sunday looks better based on the wind and wave forecasts. The Chetco River was still running just under 2,000 cubic feet per second on Thursday.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing is starting to improve.
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