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  • Fishing Report: April 4, 2014

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  • COASTWIDE - Forecasts call for a hazardous seas and small-craft advisory through this afternoon, and 15-knot winds with 7-foot seas Saturday. Things will calm down to 5 knot winds and low seas Sunday before creeping back up.
    Bottomfishers must now stay within the 30-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish from overharvest.
    Chinook salmon fishing is open north of Humbug Mountain, making Coos Bay or Bandon the closest ports to the Rogue Valley that will be open for salmon. Early-season fishing has been slow, in part because of poor fishing conditions and regular bar restrictions for smaller boats.
    Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish when conditions allow. Lingcod are moving 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.
    Clammers will not see any minus tides this week, but a set of morning minus tides will start in mid-April.
    Mussel harvest is closed from Cape Arago to the California border, but everything else is a go for shellfish on the Oregon Coast.
    The halibut season for all of Oregon is closed.
    COOS BAY - The chinook salmon season is open but the weather has been poor. When they can get out, anglers likely will stay somewhat close to shore and ply the water anywhere from 50 to 130 feet down. The chinook are scattered and tough to find in the early season.
    Crabbing has been poor, as it normally is this time of year.
    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. For this weekend, Sunday conditions look better than Friday or Saturday for bottomfishers.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed off the sand spit thanks to windy conditions, but anglers are finding them when the surf lays down for a few days. Cast Berkley rubber crayfish or prawns or sandshrimp for them. Spring chinook salmon are moving through the bay, but the vast majority of the effort is in the first 15 miles above tidewater.
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