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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Ocean conditions look decent for morning angling coastwide this week.

The Dungeness crab season for sport and commercial crabbers remains open in the ocean, though crabbing remains slow in most bays. Crabbers are averaging two males of proper size, making for dull days.

Crabbing will slowly get slower over the next six weeks. Boat crabbers are far out-catching dock crabbers this past month. The public docks at Coos Bay, however, have been an exception.

The bottomfish season is open and anglers can keep cabezon under the 2009 quotas, which have yet to be adopted. The aggregate rockfish limit remains six fish a day. Coastwide, bottomfish anglers had another 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 is still open for the recreational harvest of mussels now that levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have finally eased to safe levels. Now open for harvest are mussels on the beaches, rocks, jetties and at the entrances to bays; and scallops.

BROOKINGS - Early morning fishing conditions look good through Saturday, and anglers should have no problem finding black and blue rockfish close to shore. Lingcod are starting to move into shallow water for spawning, but their numbers are relatively light for now.

Surfperch fishing clicked back on this week when last week's heavy surf subsided. Winchuck Beach has been the best spot. Prawns and mussels are working best, but they'll even bite bright streamer flies.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains slow and will stay that way during the freshwater infusion from this week's rains. The best crabbing docks have been the B/C and D/E docks in Charleston. Turkey and chicken legs are working best because they stay in the rings or traps longer.

Sturgeon fishing remains slow, but it should improve as muddy water surges into the estuary.