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Ocean Outlook: Oct. 8, 2009

COASTWIDE - Bottomfish anglers are no longer restricted to fishing within the 40-fathom curve. Bottomfish anglers on average continue to land two or three rockfish coastwide. Lingcod landings are averaging one fish per four anglers, which is somewhat typical for fall.

The marine bag limit remains seven fish per day in aggregate. The lingcod limit is two fish per day with a 22-inch minimum.

With the open ocean, some charterboat operators are offering combination trips featuring bottomfish and Humboldt squid that run up to six feet long.

Boat anglers may no longer keep any cabezon, which must be released unharmed through December. Shore and jetty anglers can keep their cabezon because that fishery is managed separately and with no cabezon quota.

Coastwide, crabbers have averaged four Dungeness apiece, and bay crabbing has improved each week. October is an excellent month for bay crabbing.

Bay clams are the only shellfish open for harvest this week, with the entire Oregon Coast now open. Razor clams continue to have elevated levels of PSP toxins and remain closed. Shellfishers should check for updated closures by telephoning the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

CHARLESTON - Bay crabbers are averaging 10 crabs apiece. All salmon fishing is now closed in the ocean.

Pacific halibut fishing coastwide is closed for the year.

BROOKINGS - Hazardous seas and winds are forecast through tonight, but it looks like the ocean will settle down this weekend for some good near-shore catches of black rockfish and lingcod. Male lingcod have moved into the shallows north of the port.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbers are doing fairly well in the estuary. Coho fishing is good, but most of the fish are wild coho that must be released unharmed. Sturgeon fishing is slow.

NEWPORT - Some late-season tuna fishing is still happening and catches have been good. No yelloweye rockfish or canary rockfish may be kept by anglers. The Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area approximately 15 miles west of Newport is closed.