Oregon Saltwater

Lingcod fishing busts wide-open in Brookings

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Mar 12, 2019

BROOKINGS, OR — Lingcod fishing busted open out of Brookings, Oregon, this past week, as big numbers of fish moved into shallow water to spawn.

Capt. Andy Martin of Brookings Fishing Charters said he had three boats out on Saturday, and all returned with full limits of jumbo rockfish and most anglers caught their limit of lingcod, too. Several small lingcod also were released.

doublelingcodDOUBLE LINGCOD — Steve McConnell and Lana Marshall of Medford, Ore., loft a pair of lingcod they caught during a double hookup March 9 while fishing with Capt. Andy Martin of Brookings Fishing Charters just over the border in Oregon.

"The fish are in the shallow reefs spawning right now," Martin said. "After they spawn, the males stay behind and guard the nests. There are several males on each nest, so the fishing is wide open right now." Most of the lingcod are 6- to 10-pound males, with a few in the mid-teens mixed in. The larger females are coming and going from the deeper water and a few fish over 20 pounds also are showing up in the catch. Fishing has also picked up closer to the harbor. Before last week, we had to travel far up the coast to get away from the freshwater coming out of the Chetco River. Now the fishing is good as close in as Chetco Point. The rockfish have moved back in, and lingcod are spawning everywhere."

“Farallon Feathers with 2- to 4-ounce lead heads and twin-tail Scampis are working best,” Martin said. "We are catching lingcod while targeting rockfish right now. We don't even need to put baits down. They are hitting the feathers and the Scampis and we are limiting without having to switch over to bigger baits for the lingcod."

Weather conditions were nice Friday and Saturday, but a mixed swell moved in Sunday. Conditions were expected to be rough early this week but appear to be settling down for the weekend. Fishing for surfperch has improved at Crissy Field south of Brookings and in front of the Beachfront Inn at the port beach. Small pieces of shrimp or Gulp! Sandworms were working best.

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