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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - The ocean was rough and nasty this week and is forecast to remain that way through most of the weekend as heavy surf hits in front of a cold front moving into Southern Oregon. Gale-force winds are forecast through Friday morning. If the storm peters out, look for some near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod, but that may be a stretch.

The marine daily bag limit remains six fish (including rockfish, greenling and other marine species), two lingcod and 15 surfperch. Yelloweye rockfish and canary rockfish must be released.

The ocean remains open for sport crabbing, but poor conditions make ocean crabbing a poor choice.

For sport crabbers the minimum size for Dungeness crab is 5¾ inches measured in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including, the points.

PORT ORFORD - Ocean fishing was not doable amid high waves and wind.

COOS BAY - Heavy flows of fresh water have pushed most of the larger Dungeness crabs out of the bay this week, but a few crabbers remained on the public docks fighting high winds.

A few sturgeon have been picked up around the Highway 101 bridge on mud shrimp. No one's fishing or crabbing in the open ocean due to high surf and gale-force winds.

COQUILLE - Bay crabbing is poor. Sturgeon are being caught as high as Sturdivant Park in Coquille. Use sandshrimp or mud shrimp.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing has slowed. Sturgeon fishing has improved around the Smith River mouth.

NORTH COAST - Shellfish harvest remains open from Siletz Bay to the California border. The daily limit for razor clams is the first 15 taken regardless of size or condition.

For more information on clamming check http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/.