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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - Near-shore ocean conditions kicked up again after a great weekend of fishing for lingcod and black rockfish.

When winds and surf die down, jig for lingcod in 40-100 feet of water. Because the fish are in to spawn, start shallow and work yourself deeper. Jigging with any skirt that glows has been best.

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. Some red-tail surfperch are getting caught along the Winchuck Beach. Use clam necks, mussels or shrimp flies.

Surfperch fishing is good north of the Chetco River's north jetty and around Winchuck Beach. Clam necks, mussels and shrimp flies all work best.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing is very good on open beaches like McVeigh Beach and at the sand spit at the Rogue River mouth. Crabbing is slow.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains slow in the bay and rough seas have kept crabbers from heading to the ocean. Sturgeon fishing has started to pick up now that the water has warmed some. Fishing up the Coos River near the forks has been best. Catches of pile perch are good around the pilings of the Highway 101 bridge in North Bend.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing is slow amid cold and windy conditions in the bay. Sturgeon fishing has improved.

COASTWIDE - The entire coast remains 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 www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/. Crabbing is slow coast-wide as low and cold water conditions have hampered crabbing in bays.