SW Oregon Fishing Reports for May 18th, 2018

From ODF&W Bottom Fishing There were several reports in the last couple of weeks of rockfish “boiling on the surface,” however they were hard to catch. There appears to be plenty of feed in the water, mainly crab larvae, which makes the rockfish a bit tougher to catch as they currently have plenty of food…

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SW Oregon Fishing Reports for May 11th, 2018

From ODF&W Bottom Fishing Weather last week cooperated and allowed some anglers to get out and target bottomfish. There were several reports of rockfish “boiling on the surface,” however they were hard to catch. There appears to be plenty of feed in the water, mainly crab larvae, which makes the rockfish a bit tougher to…

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SW Oregon Fishing Reports for May 4th, 2018

From ODF&W 2018 Pacific Halibut Columbia River Subarea (Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR) All-depth season: opens May 3, every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday until quota attained, or September 30. Saturdays are closed. Nearshore season: opens May 7, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until quota attained, or September 30. Central Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon…

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Central and South Coast Fishing Reports June 16th, 2017

From Pete Heley and his website, PeteHeley.com “As of the last halibut opener for our central coast subarea (June 1st – 3rd) 80,382 pounds of the 151,712 pound spring quota had been caught and 71,330 pounds, or 47 percent of the quota still remains. The last two openers for our area produced 42,418 and 37,164…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for Feb 10th

Go figure. The stretch of Oregon coastline where domoic acid levels rose to unsafe levels, causing the Powers That Be (Oregon Department of Agriculture) to close crabbing is less than 50 miles long, from Heceta Head (north of Florence) to Coos Bay. Still, better safe, as they say, although this closure is for an indefinite…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for Oct 14th

Are we safe in saying this weekend (October 14th and 15th) will be the last chance for all-depth halibut? Ha! Just try to launch a boat the next couple days! Those remaining 4,153 pounds of large, flat fish are feeling pretty cocky with the storm hitting Friday today, followed by a forecast for a week…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for Sept 23rd

***Reminder*** – While bottom fishing is limited to 20 fathoms now, starting October 1, depth restrictions will be lifted, allowing rockfish and ling cod anglers the run of the ocean. This change is due to halibut anglers using descenders to return protected Yelloweye rockfish to the depths. Kudos and thanks, ‘but fishers! With six percent…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for Sept 2nd

With 68% or 33,461 pounds remaining in the quota, Summer All-Depth Halibut will continue on Friday and Saturday, September 2nd & 3rd. Southern Coast will continue to fish for halibut out of Brookings is open south of Humbug Mountain without depth or daily restrictions. Fishing in this area has been slow, leaving nearly 5,800 pounds…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for Aug 26th

Official and Final Rules from the ODFW: 2016 Coastal Coho Seasons • There will be no special seasons for wild coho in the NW and SW zones for 2016. • Permanent rules remain in effect: Hatchery coho salmon may be retained as part of the daily bag limit in all waters that are open to…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for Aug 19th

One angler who traveled from Wyoming took his 40-footer out of Yaquina this week, traveling 65 miles out with only fair results but mentioned that offshore crabbing was good. Crab quality has improved after the recent molt and their shells are starting to firm up. Nearshore halibut anglers had the best week yet through August…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for July 22nd

Some boats reported fair bottom fishing out of Depoe Bay while others said it was good. Crabbing continues to be good but culling soft ones is still required. Salmon fishing seemed to slow dramatically mid-week. Offshore trolling for Chinook and coho had been pretty good out of Newport and Depoe Bay. It was decent over…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for June 10th

According to NOAA forecasts, the surf next few days will be measurable in single-digits with gentle, onshore breezes only breaking into double digits briefly during afternoons over the next several days. Bottom fishing out of central Oregon ports has been excellent, with plenty of rockfish (mostly blacks) and ling cod being brought back to dock.…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports

Rockfish were a little slow out of Depoe Bay on Tuesday this week but the Lings continued to provide limits. Bottom fishers must now stay within the 20 fathom curve which means no fishing deeper than 180 feet. While anglers can keep up to one canary rockfish as part of the seven-fish bottom fish limit,…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports for September 11th

Central & South Oregon Coast Fishing Reports – Although salmon fishing has been fairly slow for charters out of Depoe Bay – fewer than a fish per rod – Chinook landed recently have been nice-sized fish. Salmon fishing has been spotty out of Newport as well with most of the coho coming from 100 to…

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Central & South Oregon Coast Reports for August 14th

The selective (fin-clipped only) coho season ended on Sunday, August 9th. Catches came nowhere near the quota limit, it just times out. Ocean Chinook fishing remains open and offshore anglers will have another shot at coho – hatchery or wild – starting September 4th. Hopes are high for the September opener to be good with…

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