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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Only Pacific halibut anglers are allowed outside the 40-fathom line for the next round of all-depth halibut fishing, which runs Friday through Sunday south of Cape Falcon.

For the remainder of rockfish species, the ocean is closed outside of the 40-fathom line (defined by waypoints) until Sept. 30 for all rockfish, lingcod, all 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 remains open, 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 or call the state shellfish information line, 1-800-448-2474.

BROOKINGS - Gales forecast today and Friday will make for tough boating but the swells should drop and it looks like near-shore rockfish angling should be good for Memorial Day weekend. Stay in less than 80 feet, because the lingcod are still biting well, and keep an eye on the seas because you might need to head to port at a minute's notice. Shrimp flies and glow-in-the-dark jigs are the top choices.

The marine daily bag limit remains six fish (including rockfish, greenling and other marine species), two lingcod and 15 surf perch. The minimum length for lingcod is 22 inches, for cabezon it is 16 inches and for greenling it is 10 inches.

COOS BAY - Digging for clams in Coos Bay has remained good, but the favorable tides of earlier this week are gone. A few of the popular digging areas are Charleston Flat, Pigeon Point, Fossil Point and Clam Island.

Crabbing has remained slow due to high freshwater levels in the bay. The ocean remains open to crabbing, but few are fighting the surf.

GOLD BEACH - Surf perch fishing has slowed in the estuary thanks to high and murky water, but catches have been good along nearby beaches despite heavy surf. When the surf subsides, look for perch around Gold Beach and the Winchuck River mouth.

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