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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - A low-pressure system drifting slowly toward shore has made for some excellent ocean-fishing conditions, and they are forecast to remain through the weekend. Small waves and lake-like settings should entice plenty of anglers to go look for black rockfish and lingcod.

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, as has been the case all spring for Dungeness.

The entire Oregon Coast is still open for the recreational harvest of mussels now that levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, also known as PSP, have eased to 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. Surfperch fishing should be excellent along the Winchuck Beach and open beaches north of town. Fish the hour or so before and after high tide. 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 are still 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.