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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - A coldwater upwelling event pushed tuna farther offshore last week and put salmon and rockfish off the bite. If weather forecasts hold, ocean conditions should improve by Friday.

The summer all-depth season for Pacific halibut starts Aug. 7 off the Central Oregon Coast and the Columbia River.

A few halibut are still being caught inside the 40-fathom line on the central coast. This fishery is open seven days a week until a quota of 14,407 pounds is attained or Oct. 31, whichever comes first. For more information on the halibut season, go to www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/finfish/halibut/index.asp.

Anglers had a tough week on lingcod and rockfish. The marine bag limit remains seven. The lingcod limit is two per day, with a 22-inch minimum size limit. Surfperch fishing has been decent.

Bottomfish anglers need to stay inside the 40-fathom line through Sept. 30. The coordinates are online at www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp.

Recreational harvest of mussels is closed along the entire Oregon Coast due to elevated levels of PSP toxins. Only mussels are effected. The entire coast is open to the recreational harvest of clams and other shellfish, but waters can be closed on short notice. Check for current closures on the ODA shellfish safety page or call the shellfish hotline, 1-800-448-2474.

In most Oregon ports last week, crabbers averaged about three dungeness crabs, with crabbers out of Charleston, Winchester Bay and Pacific City getting an average of six. Sport crabbing is open in the ocean until Oct. 16.

COOS BAY - A few sturgeon have been caught in Coos Bay recently, but overall fishing for sturgeon is slow. Fishing for rockfish, surf perch and greenling in the lower estuary has been good. Fish near pilings or submerged rock piles for perch; for greenling concentrate near kelp beds.

WINCHESTER BAY - Fishing for sturgeon is slow. Crabbing has been slow to fair. Pink fin perch angling will be best during incoming tides.