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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - Bottomfishing was a bust this week amid heavy seas and small-craft advisories. Ocean crabbing opens Saturday, but rough seas could keep sport crabbers in check. A small-craft advisory remains in effect through tonight.

GOLD BEACH - Relatively bustling seas this week have kept bottomfishers at home and hurt surf casters looking for perch. Ocean crabbing opens Saturday, but water conditions could be problematic.

PORT ORFORD - Ocean fishing was poor amid high waves and wind.

COOS BAY - Crabbing has been very good off public docks and along the North Spit. The ocean was closed to boats under 35 feet Wednesday.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing was very good throughout the bay amid low freshwater conditions. Sturgeon fishing has slowed.

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 - Shellfish harvest remains open from Siletz Bay to the California border. Good minus tides through Tuesday should make clamming excellent, but watch for riptides 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 entrance 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.