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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - Bottomfishing should be very good through the weekend as ocean conditions have been excellent this week. Local anglers have been finding lingcod right off Chetco Point and down near the mouth of the Winchuck River in 30-60 feet of water. Jigging for them is best, with the glow-in-the-dark jigs and root-beer colored scampies both very good choices. Other bottomfish species also are doing well, with black and blue rockfish concentrated on humps and rock piles.

GOLD BEACH - Relatively calm seas this week have allowed anglers to hit the ocean outside the Rogue River mouth and catches of bottomfish have been excellent. Jigging for lingcod and black rockfish has been consistently good most of this week. Crabbing opens in the ocean Dec. 1.

PORT ORFORD - Bottomfishing was good amid calm seas Wednesday. Surf perch action has been good at beaches south of Port Orford. Clam necks, mussels or shrimp flies are all good for perch.

Off the mouth of the Elk River is the only ocean opportunity to catch chinook salmon. Effort is light, except by a few bank anglers fishing off the beach. The season runs through Dec. 15 and is open only in the first three miles and no further north than Cape Blanco.

COOS BAY - Crabbing has been improving in the estuary, where the best Dungeness have been caught from the Empire docks down to the jetties. The ocean was rough off Coos Bay on Wednesday, with a small-craft advisory in place.

Ocean crabbing remains closed until Dec. 1.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing has improved in the estuary as salinity content increases as river flows subside. The best crabbing this week has occurred at Half Moon Bay, with some limits taken. Sturgeon fishing has improved with the dirtier water. Try the mouth of Smith River and the railroad bridge.

COAST BEACHES - South coast beaches are open for clam and mussel harvest. Look for good clamming this week during extreme low tides but watch for rip currents and sneaker waves. Get a shellfish license before crabbing or clamming. Check for updated health advisories by calling the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Shellfish line at 1-800-448-2474.

NORTH COAST - Shellfish harvest remains open from Siletz Bay to the California border. Good minus tides through Tuesday should make clamming excellent, but watch for rip tides and dangerous sneaker waves that can be prevalent during intense tidal conditions. The daily limit for razor clams is the first 15 taken regardless of size or condition.

Beaches north of Siletz Bay remain closed because of high levels of the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxin. The closure prohibits harvesting of clams and mussels on beaches, rocks, jetties and entrances to bays.

More information on Oregon's razor clams, including tips on how to dig razor clams, is available at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/razorclams/index.asp.