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  • Fishing Report: Aug. 26, 2011

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  • COASTWIDE - Wind and ocean conditions kept most tuna fishers in port, and those who made it out averaged only one or two fish per angler along most of the coast last week. The exception was Brookings where anglers averaged nine tuna apiece.
    It was much the same story for bottomfish anglers last week. Wind and ocean conditions kept many private boats and charters in port, and those who went out averaged two or three rockfish — except along the south coast, where catches were about twice that.
    Bottomfish anglers must stay within the 20-fathom line to steer clear of yelloweye rockfish, which must be released unharmed.
    The all-depth halibut season is over for the year, but near-shore halibut fishing is open. Halibut anglers cannot fish for bottomfish while halibut fishing.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. Cabezon can no longer be kept by boat anglers because the quota has been met. Lingcod fishing was slow last week. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    Ocean salmon fishing has picked up a bit but remains slow. Coho fishing north of Humbug Mountain is improving. The ocean from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California border is closed for coho, but is open for chinook through Sept. 5. The limit is two salmon per day.
    A minus-tide series started early this morning and continues through Sept. 3, offering options for clammers. Mussel and bay clamming is open along the entire coast. Razor clamming is open from Tillamook Head to the California border. The consumption of whole, recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended. However, coastal scallops are not affected by toxin closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten.
    For updated closure information, call the shellfish hotline before harvesting at 1-800-448-2474.
    BROOKINGS - Bottomfishing picked up after a couple of stagnant days earlier this week. Halibut fishing was pretty good this past week, but the California halibut have yet to show up. Chinook salmon fishing has started to pick up. Crabbers on the public dock at Brookings-Habor have had some decent days recently, with some large male Dungeness in the catch.
    CHARLESTON - Anglers taking charter trips for tuna are landing on average close to 10 fish a trip. Coho fishing has picked up, with anglers averaging one fish per trip. Only fin-clipped coho can be kept. Clamming has been better for red crabs than dungeness, but look for that to improve.
    GOLD BEACH - Salmon fishing has been on and off in the bay, with good flurries of catches. Anglers found tuna about 20 miles offshore earlier this week and averaged nine tuna per angler. Surfperch fishing remains good outside of the Rogue River jetties and along Nesika Beach when the winds die down during the top of the incoming tide and the first hour of the outgoing tide.
    WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. The south jetty has been good for bottomfishing. Surfperch have been biting along some of the beach areas. Crabbing has been good lately. Ocean chinook fishing is still open. The limit is two salmon per day. All coho caught inside of the jetties must have a healed adipose fin-clip.
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