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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - The Dungeness crab season for sport and commercial crabbers remains open in the ocean, but crabbers have been held at bay because of rough seas. The body conditions of ocean crab are excellent now.

The bottomfish season remains open, with the aggregate limit remaining six fish a day. Coastwide, bottomfish anglers are getting limits of rockfish when they can get out. Lingcod are starting to move closer to shore for spawning, and that will increase their presence in the catch. Rockfish anglers no longer must remain within the 20-fathom curve, opening bottomfishing opportunities in deep water. All cabezon must be released unharmed through December.

The entire Oregon Coast remains closed to the recreational harvest of mussels due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, also known as PSP. The closure includes mussels on the beaches, rocks, jetties and at the entrance to bays. In addition, only the adductor muscle of scallops are safe to eat, and people should not eat whole scallops taken in the recreational fishery.

BROOKINGS - Hazardous sea warnings remain in effect through Friday, with conditions looking poor into the weekend. If conditions change, catches of black rockfish and lingcod could be good as lingcod are starting to move closer to shore.

GOLD BEACH - Ocean conditions remain poor this week, and running out of the port looks dangerous through the weekend. When the occasional calm day occurs, locals are running straight out to the rocks and reporting excellent catches of black rockfish and lingcod.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains very good in the bay, and the crabs are starting to harden in their shells.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing is very good, and sturgeon fishing has improved slightly. Striped bass fishing is poor amid cold conditions.