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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - The ocean is closed outside of the 40-fathom line (defined by waypoints) beginning Tuesday and running through Sept. 30 for all rockfish, lingcod, flatfish (except Pacific halibut during all-depth open days) greenling, cabezon and skates. Complete regulations and waypoints for the 40-fathom are available online at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/.

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 in bays.

BROOKINGS - Yet another small-craft advisory is in effect through this morning as new storm fronts move onto the coast. The good news is that south winds will calm down and the swells could drop to 5 feet by Sunday. If so, look for some excellent near-shore jigging opportunities for lingcod. Lingcod fishing has been hot when the surf allows. 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.

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 better in the open ocean when seas allow for safer boating. A small-craft advisory was in effect this morning. Catches of pile perch are good around the pilings of the Highway 101 bridge in North Bend.

WINCHESTER BAY - Spring chinook are starting to move into the bay, but catches are light. Sturgeon fishing remains fair and fish are scattered throughout tidewater. Crabbing is slow.