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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - The ocean has remained nasty and forecasts are for conditions to worsen through the rest of this week.

A small-craft advisory is in effect off the Chetco bar, where waves are forecast to remain at least 14 feet high through Friday. The ocean is open to crabbing, but poor conditions have kept everyone off the water. 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. Bay fishing was a bust because of turbid waters. No one's fishing or crabbing in the open ocean due to high surf and gale-force winds.

COQUILLE - Bay crabbing is poor as the river system is above flood stage. When waters drop, look for sturgeon fishing to kick back in from the city of Coquille on down.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing will remain poor into next week as high freshets have pushed the crabs out into the ocean.

COASTWIDE - The entire coast is now open for clamming, but big surf and bad tides will make for a poor harvest until late next week at the earliest. 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/.