• Fishing Report: May 9, 2014

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  • COASTWIDE - Winds will start out strong and ebb through the weekend, with Sunday looking good for bottomfishing.
    Chinook fishing has been slow so far in the ocean, and the Brookings crowd can start plying the Pacific for chinook beginning Saturday.
    Bottomfishers must stay within the 30-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish.
    Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish when conditions allow. Black, white or red jigs are always good bets.
    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 is open along the entire Oregon Coast. Mussel harvest is now closed in the Clatsop County area.
    COOS BAY - Bottomfish catches have been very good this past week, with anglers on charterboats averaging more than six fish apiece. The chinook bite has been slow, with only a few chinook caught recently. The chinook are scattered and tend to be tough to find in the early season.
    Crabbing has been poor.
    BROOKINGS - Pacific halibut fishing is open, and the chinook season opens Saturday, but don't expect too many fish to come back to port until the summer when more chinook are around. Bottomfishing remains excellent off Brookings, with near-limits of rockfish and lingcod. Nine-foot swells are forecast for Saturday, but they will drop to 5-foot swells Sunday.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has perked up a bit off the sand spit when the surf lays 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. Halibut fishing has been good when anglers can get outside.
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