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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Ocean forecasts call for some pretty decent early-morning surf and swell conditions along the Oregon Coast. That should bode well for coho salmon anglers who are doing best out of Winchester Bay and Charleston. Anglers coastwide were averaging one fin-clipped coho per person on the ocean, and that's very good.

A series of minus tides begins Saturday, creating opportunities for clammers working the beaches this holiday weekend. Tides vary dramatically by port, so check a tide table for the port that most interests you. The lower Charleston area sports some great clamming beaches for this weekend.

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.

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

BROOKINGS - Ocean conditions look good for morning fishing through the weekend. Anglers are having a little less luck targeting fin-clipped coho so far out of Brookings, with anglers last week averaging one fish for every two trips. Surfperch fishing has picked up again thanks to softer surf.

COOS BAY - Crabbing has picked up a bit, and crabbers working out of Charleston have averaged six dungeness a day, joining Pacific City as the top two recreational crabbing ports last week.

COQUILLE - Striped bass fishing has picked up during evenings in tidewater near Coquille. Large rainbow Rapala lures work best.