• Fishing Report: June 6, 2014

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  • COASTWIDE - Hazardous seas, gale warnings and small-craft advisories are in effect through Saturday, marring what was looking like a very productive Free Fishing Weekend for ocean anglers going after chinook salmon. Forecasts call for 25-knot winds and 9-foot seas into Sunday.
    Near-shore jigging should be very good for lingcod and black rockfish when conditions allow. Black, white or red jigs are always good bets. Bottomfishers must stay within the 30-fathom line to protect yelloweye rockfish from getting caught and released too often during bottomfishing excursions.
    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.
    Chinook salmon fishing was showing signs of heating up along the Southern Oregon coast before the weather forecast put a damper on things.
    Clammers will have good morning minus tides today and Saturday, with a minor minus on Sunday. All shellfish harvest is open along the entire Oregon Coast.
    COOS BAY - Bottomfish catches have tapered off this week amid poor ocean conditions. When conditions have been good, the vast majority of anglers on charterboats have been catching limits. The chinook salmon bite has been slow, and the chinook remain scattered. 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 - The port has regained its title as the top chinook salmon port, with last week's catches excellent. Creel counts last week had 4 out of 5 anglers getting a chinook, with most of the action found trolling just north of the California border. The best success has come with trollers working about 100 feet down. Poor ocean conditions this week likely will blow anglers off the water and it might curb salmon migration. Anchovies have worked best. Excellent fishing for bottomfish has been the norm when anglers have been able to get out of port, with big lingcod still a regular part of the catches.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has slowed amid rough surf and winds, but look for it to pick up again as soon as conditions improve. It usually takes one or two days after rough surf for the surfperch to return to the breakers. Bottomfishing has been good when anglers can get out.
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