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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - The ocean was flat Wednesday and should be quite calm today, but look for the surf to pop up again with new storms forecast for the weekend. Until then, surf perch fishing has been very good near the mouth of the Winchuck River and bottomfishing was very good at near-shore rock outcroppings. A few lingcod also were caught jigging.

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. The minimum length for lingcod is 22 inches, for cabezon it is 16 inches and for greenling it is 10 inches.

Crabbing was very good off the south jetty.

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 - The ocean was in excellent condition for fishing Wednesday, with some surf perch fishing off the beach at Cape Blanco. Crabbing was good near the Port Orford dock.

COOS BAY - Crabbing was excellent in the bay thanks to higher salinity levels. Fishing for black and blue rockfish was very good off the north jetty and near the pilings. Pile perch were being caught consistently with clam necks beneath the Highway 101 bridge.

Crabbing in the ocean was excellent earlier this week amid good ocean conditions, but a Friday storm front could change conditions quickly.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing was excellent this week in the bay, and bottomfishing was very good outside the jetties.

COASTWIDE - The entire coast is now open for clamming. 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/.