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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - The ocean is closed outside of the 40-fathom line (defined by waypoints) until 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/. Rockfish seasons, however, remain open inside the 40-fathom curve. Near-shore halibut fishing opens today, with fishing best off the central and northern Oregon coasts. 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 water conditions have hampered crabbing in bays.

BROOKINGS - Marine forecasts call for gusty afternoon winds and choppy seas, but anglers with decent sea legs can expect to sneak out in the early morning for some near-shore rockfish fishing. Lingcod catches remain very good in water 50 feet or less. Some large vermillion and black rockfish also have been taken recently. If you do go out, stay in close, protected waters and focus on shrimp flies or glow-in-the-dark jigs for lings and black rockfish.

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 remains fair to good in the mornings at open beaches and at the Rogue River mouth, but a rougher surf forecast for later this week likely will push perch schools farther away from the beach. Vary your cast lengths, focusing on deeper sand pockets near shore if you can find them. Spring chinook fishermen are doing best at Elephant Rock.

COOS BAY - Crabbing has picked up a little, and the cold water conditions have allowed the crabs to remain hard-shelled. Sturgeon fishing is poor, likely because of the cold water. Black rockfish fishing is good with spinners and flies around the North Jetty, while pile perch are biting under the Highway 101 bridge on mussels or sandshrimp.

WINCHESTER BAY - Spring chinook are starting to move into the bay. Catches are light. Sturgeon fishing remains fair. Fish are scattered throughout tidewater. Crabbing is slow.