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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - The ocean has remained nasty and forecasts are for conditions to worsen this weekend.

A small-craft advisory was in place for this weekend and gale-force winds are forecast through Saturday. The ocean is open to crabbing but poor conditions have kept most anglers inside. Bottomfishing is open but anglers are stuck in-shore because of the weather.

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.

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

COOS BAY - Continued freshets have pushed most of the crabs into the lower bay or the ocean, so success has been poor. Boat anglers jigging inside the north jetty are catching black and blue rockfish and a few lingcod.

A handful of winter steelhead also have been caught in the bay. 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 getting caught as high as Sturdivant Park in Coquille. Use sandshrimp or mud shrimp.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing has slowed dramatically thanks to heavy doses of fresh water in the bay. Sturgeon fishing has improved around the Smith River mouth.

CENTRAL 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.