• Fishing Report: May 2, 2014

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  • COASTWIDE - Winds will be picking up, and swells are forecast for 9 feet on Saturday and 10 feet on Sunday, which is plenty high to keep most people inside for the weekend. When things calm down, look for a plethora of spring fishing opportunities from rockfish and lingcod to chinook and halibut.
    Bottomfishers must stay within the 30-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish from getting caught and released too often during bottomfishing excursions.
    Chinook salmon fishing is open north of Humbug Mountain, and fishing has been decent out of Charleston and Winchester Bay. Conditions look marginal this weekend. Chinook fishing opens Wednesday south of Humbug Mountain, but catches are not expected to be good until next month.
    Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish when conditions allow. 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 have a good morning minus tide today and Saturday. All shellfish harvest, including mussels, is open along the entire Oregon Coast.
    COOS BAY - Bottomfish catches have been very good this week, with anglers on charter boats averaging more than five fish apiece. The chinook salmon bite has been decent out of Charleston, where anglers are getting into fish when weather permits. When they can get out, anglers likely will stay somewhat close to shore and ply the water anywhere from 50 to 130 feet down.
    Crabbing has been poor.
    BROOKINGS - Pacific halibut fishing opens Saturday off Brookings, and catches will be good once anglers find the fish. Dragging large herring just off the bottom is a good way to prospect for bit halibut.
    Ocean salmon fishing out of Brookings opens Wednesday, but early effort is expected to be light. 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. Charterboat trips this past week averaged more than five rockfish per angler. Good conditions are forecast for today, but the swells will get up to 9 feet by Sunday.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has perked up a bit off the sand spit when the surf lies down for a few days. Cast sandshrimp or Berkley rubber crayfish or prawns 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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