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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - The ocean has laid down near the Chetco river mouth despite wind warnings. Crabbing has been very good just a few hundred feet off the river mouth as the freshet has pushed the dungeness into the ocean. Jigging for rockfish should be very good. Good ocean conditions are forecast for early next week.

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 crabbing was good near the marina but effort has been light. Look for fishing conditions to improve early next week.

COOS BAY — Crabbing in the lower estuary has improved daily and dungeness are heading back into the bay from the ocean now that fresh water flows are dropping significantly. Fishing for rockfish near the jetties has been good. Perch can be caught with clam necks pitched around pilings.

COQUILLE — Bay crabbing has improved as flood-stage waters have dramatically subsided in the river. Sturgeon fishing is slow.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing has improved as fresh water levels have subsided. A few sturgeon are getting caught, but catches have been slow.

COASTWIDE - The entire coast is now open for clamming, and conditions are good for the weekend.

A good series of minus tides begin Friday and that will open access to clam beds that haven't been dug for a while. The Charleston area could be very good. The daily limit for razor clams is the first 15 taken regardless of size or condition.

For more information on clamming check http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/.