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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - The ocean has remained rough and nasty, and forecasts are predicting more of the same.

The ocean is open to crabbing, but poor conditions have kept most anglers inside. If the storms subside, look for some near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod, but that may be wishful thinking.

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.

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. Only male dungeness may be kept. The limit for red rock crabs is 25, with no size or sex restrictions.

PORT ORFORD - Ocean fishing was not practical amid high waves and wind. More bad weather is forecast for the area.

COOS BAY - Last week's 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 www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/.