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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. Bottomfish anglers coastwide 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 and small-craft advisories make Christmas fishing and crabbing off limits at least through Friday. Forecasts are for 11-foot swells through the weekend along with rain and stiff winds.

GOLD BEACH - Ocean conditions remain very poor this week and running out of the port looks dangerous through the weekend. Once the storm fronts subside, look for some fishing for surf perch and greenling off the rocks — but only during incoming tides with low surf.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains very good in the bay despite the influx of fresh water this past week. The Dungeness are moving lower in the estuary.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing remains very good despite increased freshwater flows. Sturgeon fishing remains somewhat slow, with a few good catches near the Smith River mouth recently. Striped bass fishing is poor.