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  • Fishing Report: Jan. 28, 2011

  • Ocean Outlook
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  • COASTWIDE - Stiff winds and rough seas continue to be the rule this month along the Oregon Coast, but Saturday morning could present an opportunity to sneak out of South Coast ports such as Brookings and Coos Bay in search of some near-shore black rockfish and lingcod. Lingcod are starting to move into the shallows for spawning and jigging for them can be very good now.
    The marine aggregate limit remains seven rockfish a day and two lingcod a day with a 22-inch minimum.
    Sport crabbers are allowed on the ocean, but few are fishing for Dungeness because of rough weather. Ocean crabbing near river mouths can be very good in January, especially on calm days between rains. The meat quality in local crab remains very good.
    Bay crabbing has improved daily all week now that river flows are down and bay salinity levels are up. Focus on Dungeness hotspots such as Winchester Bay and Coos Bay.
    All shellfish fishing is open coastwide. Mussel harvest also is open coastwide. For more information and updated closure information, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474.
    BROOKINGS - Anglers could slip outside of the jetties for a little jigging for black rockfish and lingcod Saturday and Sunday mornings before the winds kick up. Glow-in-the-dark jigs are best.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing remains slow. Crabbing has improved as freshwater levels have subsided.
    CHARLESTON - Bay crabbing has been very good. The lower area of Charleston has been best. Watch for sneaker waves while jetty fishing.
    PORT ORFORD - A few perch have been caught recently in the bay off the public docks there.
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