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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - Near-shore ocean conditions kicked up again after a few good days of jigging for lingcod just north of the north jetty. However, another small-craft advisory was in effect today, and wind issues are forecast to continue through the weekend.

When the surf slows, focus on water less than 50 feet for lingcod. 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 have been getting caught along the Winchuck Beach. Fishing slowed down amid rougher surf lately, but when the surf subsides two straight days, look for very good perch fishing around Winchuck Beach. Clam necks, mussels and shrimp flies all work well.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing slowed amid rougher surf on open beaches like McVeigh Beach and at the sand spit at the Rogue River mouth. Crabbing is slow. Water conditions are higher, which is starting to bring in some spring chinook.

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 high-water conditions. That should help the sturgeon fishing. Mud shrimp and ghost shrimp are the best bets.

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 higher water conditions have hampered crabbing in bays.