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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - A small-craft advisory remains in effect through today off most of Southern and Central Oregon. High pressure offshore and a thermal low over Northern California will persist through today, but the thermal will weaken Friday and make for good ocean-fishing conditions for this weekend, particularly in the morning.

Bottomfish anglers must remain within the 40-fathom curve when going after black rockfish and lingcod. The rockfish limit is now seven. The lingcod limit remains two per day with a 24-inch minimum length.

Crabbing remains very slow in the open ocean and most bays, with Dungeness catches continuing to taper off through spring.

The entire Oregon Coast is still open for the recreational harvest of mussels as levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, also known as PSP, remain at safe levels.

BROOKINGS - Lingcod and black rockfish catches should be excellent this weekend, particularly for those fishing in the morning. Jigging off rock piles close to shore is working well.

The surf should lay down enough for surf perch to return to the rocks around Winchuck Beach by Saturday. Fish prawns, shrimp flies or mussels.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains slow. Fishing for pile perch under the Highway 101 bridge is good with mussels or sandshrimp fished right next to pilings. Fishing off the North Jetty for black and blue rockfish remains very good, but the lingcod catches have dropped off.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch remain around the sand spit at the jetty this week and fishing for them remains good. Weather conditions should improve enough for anglers to venture over the bar and tackle lingcod and black rockfish at near-shore reefs.

WINCHESTER BAY - Fishing for sturgeon remains fair. Mud shrimp and ghost shrimp are working best on the flats near holes in tidewater.