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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - Bottomfishing was a bust this week as rough seas have kept anglers focusing on the rivers. Look for poor ocean-fishing conditions through the weekend. When the surf settles down, look for spawning rockfish off points and submerged humps further out to sea.

GOLD BEACH - Rough seas have forced anglers inshore this past week. Crabbing remains closed in the ocean but open in the estuary, where crabbing is poor.

COOS BAY - Crabbing has been fair at best in the estuary this week after heavy rains created enough fresh water to flush most of the Dungeness out of the bay. Rough seas have made jetty fishing dangerous most of the week, but look for ocean swells to drop and allow for jetty fishing perhaps this weekend.

Recent tests show that crab meat development is very good. Remember to buy a shellfish license. Ocean crabbing remains closed until Dec. 1.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing has slowed in the estuary as muddy waters have pushed the Dungeness toward the ocean. Sturgeon fishing has improved with the dirtier water. Try the mouth of Smith River and the railroad bridge.

SOUTH COAST BEACHES - South coast beaches are open for clam and mussel harvest, but effort is light because of rough conditions. Check for updated health advisories by calling the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Shellfish line at 1-800-448-2474.

NORTH COAST - A shellfish safety closure remains in effect on north Oregon beaches between Siletz Bay and the Columbia River due to high levels of the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxin. The closure prohibits harvesting of clams and mussels on beaches, rocks, jetties and entrance to bays.

CENTRAL COAST - Beaches south of Siletz Bay and bays remain open for clamming. The daily limit for razor clams is the first 15 taken regardless of size or condition. More information on Oregon's razor clams, including tips on how to dig razor clams, is available at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/razorclams/index.asp.