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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Tuna anglers are going anywhere from 10 to 16 miles offshore to find the warm water currents carrying tuna. Poor sea conditions could hamper tuna fishing this week.

Bottomfish anglers caught an average of two to three rockfish coastwide this past week. Rockfish anglers must say inward of the 40-fathom line. The marine bag limit remains seven fish per day in aggregate. Lingcod were harder to come by, with fewer than one in five anglers hitting a lingcod. The lingcod limit is two fish per day with a 22-inch minimum.

Coastwide, crabbers have averaged between three and four Dungeness apiece. Many male crabs have recently molted and are in the soft-shell state. Since molted crabs haven't filled out with meat, they should be returned to the water.

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. Check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

NEWPORT - Tuna fishing has been excellent but choppy seas and stiff winds forecast for this weekend could put a serious damper on effort. Catches are shaping up as the second best on record, falling short of the 2007 tuna catch.

BROOKINGS - Ocean conditions are forecast to be windy and choppy for Saturday's opening of the chinook salmon season off Southern Oregon and Northern California. A north wind up to 25 knots is forecast for Saturday, which means chinook anglers need to head out early and stay close for a quick run back to port. Anglers can keep two chinook a day, with a minimum length of 24 inches. Barbless hooks are required.

COOS BAY - Chinook fishing is good from the jetties. Mooching is best with anchovies near the bay mouth on the south side.

Rockfish catches have been good in the lower estuary. Pile perch are still biting under the Highway 101 bridge right along the bridge abutments.

Crabbing remains good, but the majority of the crabs have recently molted.

WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. A few coho salmon are getting caught by bank anglers at Half Moon Bay and Osprey Point.