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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Ocean forecasts call for some pretty decent early-morning surf and swells across the Oregon Coast. That should bode well for salmon anglers who are doing well out of Winchester Bay and Charleston.

Tuna moved to within 30 miles of shore along most of the Central Coast. Fishing for fin-clipped coho should be good this weekend as surface water temperatures start to warm.

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 22-inch minimum length.

Recreational harvesting of mussels is closed from the south jetty of the Columbia River to Neptune State Park because of elevated levels of PSP toxins. The entire Oregon Coast is open for clamming and catching of other shellfish. Check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

BROOKINGS - Ocean conditions look good for morning fishing through the weekend. Fin-clipped coho fishing is improving as two out of three anglers are catching a keeper.

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 - Tuna anglers running 30-plus miles out are averaging two tuna each. Look for the tuna to move closer to shore and catches to improve as early as this weekend. Crabbing has picked up a bit, and crabbers working out of Charleston have averaged six dungeness a day this past week.

NEWPORT - Halibut fishing has been excellent. It's possible that enough of the quota remains to open deep-water halibut fishing again July 16. Tuna anglers are averaging four fish each per day.