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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Rockfish catches remain slow coastwide, with anglers averaging three fish a trip this past week.

The tuna fishery remains best out of Charleston, while Charleston and Winchester Bay were producing the best catches for Dungeness crab this past week.

Fishing for fin-clipped coho has been very good, with anglers coastwide averaging close to two coho per trip. Anglers in some ports are reporting that they are releasing two wild coho for every one fin-clipped coho they catch.

Bottomfish anglers must remain within the 40-fathom curve when going after black rockfish and lingcod. The rockfish limit remains at seven. The lingcod limit remains two per day with a 22-inch minimum length.

Recreational harvesting of mussels remains closed along the entire Oregon Coast because of elevated levels of PSP toxins. The entire coast is open for clamming and catching of other shellfish, however. Check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

BROOKINGS - Ocean conditions look good for this weekend, and fishing for fin-clipped coho salmon should be good after a recent drop in catch rates out of Brookings. Early-morning fishing is best, with most anglers going five to eight miles offshore.

Surfperch fishing has improved with better surf conditions.

COOS BAY - The all-depth halibut season opens Friday and runs every-other weekend through Oct. 31 or until the quota of 165,681 pounds is caught. Halibut also are getting caught inside the 40-fathom curve.

Tuna fishing remains excellent, with anglers averaging six fish apiece per day.

WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Crabbers are pulling an average of eight legal Dungeness each per day now.