COASTWIDE - The Dungeness crab season for sport and commercial crabbers remains open in the ocean, and crabbers have taken advantage of this week's flat seas to get good limits of nice-sized crabs off the mouth of Coos Bay and at Bandon. Body conditions of the crab are very good.
The bottomfish season is open and anglers again can begin keeping cabezon under the 2009 quotas, which have yet to be adopted. The aggregate rockfish limit remains six fish a day. Coastwide, bottomfish anglers have had a great week on black rockfish and lingcod. Rockfish anglers no longer must remain within the 20-fathom curve, opening bottomfishing opportunities in deep water.
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 entrances 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 - This week's excellent ocean conditions have created a boom for lingcod fishing, with anglers jigging up plenty of lingcod over 10 pounds and up to 17 pounds while working in close. Black rockfish catches have been great. Off the beach at Windchuck, surf casters are going well on surfperch, with pieces of prawns and mussels working best.
GOLD BEACH - Ocean conditions were good enough this week for anglers to fish for lingcod and black rockfish off the Rogue River mouth. Crabbing in the ocean was good.
COOS BAY - Good salinity levels in the bay have made for good crabbing off the sport docks. Casting for black and blue rockfish off the jetties has been best at the top and bottom of the tides. Watch for sneaker waves.
WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing has improved as salinity levels rise in the estuary. Sturgeon fishing is starting to pick up some. Check the regulations on new size limits and measuring techniques.