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05-10-2007, 11:00 AM
Coastwide catches of lingcod averaged about one per angler. Average catches of rockfish were about three per angler on the central coast and two or less out of Astoria and Brookings.

The marine daily bag limit for 2007 is six fish (including rockfish, greenling, cabezon and other marine species) and two lingcod and 15 surfperch. New this year, the daily limit for flatfish (flounders, soles, sanddabs, turbots and halibuts except Pacific halibut) is 25. Canary rockfish and yelloweye rockfish may not be retained. For illustrations and descriptions of these species see page 98 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet or download the Red Rockfish Identification Guide at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/regulations/sport_fishing. The minimum length for lingcod is 22 inches, for cabezon it is 16 inches and for greenling it is 10 inches. For complete regulations and the Marine Sport Fishing Supplement, please see http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/

About half the anglers fishing for Pacific halibut coastwide were successful. The season opened May 1 in all-depth waters north of Cape Falcon and in nearshore waters (shoreward of the 40-fathom curve) off the Oregon central coast. The all-depth halibut fishery for Oregonís central coast between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain will open May 10 Thursday through Saturday every week until June 9. The area south of Humbug Mountain runs from May 1 through Oct. 31, seven days a week. For more information go to http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/halibut/index.asp.

Effort was light for salmon coastwide. North of Cape Falcon two anglers reeled in one chinook and three coho for a limit each. South of Cape Falcon coho may not be retained, but anglers for chinook hooked one for every three anglers.

Salmon season south of Humbug Mountain opened May 5 and is open to all species except coho.

Crabbing in the ocean, bays and estuaries ranges from about four to six crab per angler out of Garibaldi and Charleston to less than half a crab per angler in other Oregon ports. For sport crabbers the minimum size for Dungeness crab is 5 ĺ inches measured in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including, the points. For a photograph and diagram see page 93 of the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations booklet.

The entire Oregon coast is open for the harvest of razor clams. The daily limit for razor clams is the first 15 taken regardless of size or condition. For more information on Oregonís razor clams, including tips on how to dig razor clams, visit http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/razorclams. Sport harvest of mussels and bay clams is open coastwide also. A shellfish license is required for taking all shellfish.

For information on domoic acid visit the Oregon Department of Agriculture website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/shellfish_status.shtml or call their shellfish hotline at 503-986-4728 or 1-800-448-2474.