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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - A low-pressure system remains stalled offshore, and that has continued to bring excellent ocean-fishing conditions which should hold through the weekend. Small waves and calm water 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, with Dungeness catches still showing their spring slowdown.

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

BROOKINGS - Lingcod and black rockfish catches should remain 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 Winchuck Beach and other open beaches north of town. Fish the hour or so below 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 fishing remains strong on the sand spit at the jetty this week. Weather conditions are good enough that anglers are venturing over the bar. Catches are a bit slow, likely because the lingcod and black rockfish are gorging on small crabs.

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