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Ocean Outlook: Oct. 15, 2009

COASTWIDE - Ocean conditions look pretty good for early morning fishing through Saturday if you don't mind putting up with a little rain and a bit of chop on the sea. But look for some marginal conditions beginning Sunday as a new front moves in and gets the near-shore ocean churning.

For bottomfish anglers, the entire ocean is open to bottomfish fishing, not just inside the 40-fathom curve. Cabezon angling is closed from boats because the quota has been reached, but it remains open for those fishing off rocks and jetties.

The aggregate rockfish limit remains seven fish a day.

Crabbing remains very good to excellent in most bays, with good hauls of large Dungeness reported at most public docks.

Recreational razor clam digging is now open from the south jetty of Yaquina Bay to the California border. All razor clamming from the mouth of the Columbia river to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay remains closed because of elevated levels of PSP.

BROOKINGS - Lingcod fishing has improved quite a bit in the past few weeks as the big males have moved closer to shore in preparation for spawning. Heavy winds and hazardous seas are expected into the weekend. If conditions subside, look for good catches of black rockfish and lingcod just north of the jetties.

Surfperch fishing is slow. Winchuck beach is best. Prawns and mussels are working best, but they'll even bite bright streamer flies.

WINCHESTER BAY - Fishing for coho salmon has been excellent, but the vast majority of the fish are wild fish and must be released unharmed. Crabbing remains very good to almost excellent.

COOS BAY - Crabbing has been excellent in the lower end of the bay. Crabbers are averaging 10 crab per person per day in the bay, making it the hottest crab spot in Oregon for recreational crabbers.

Recreational mussel collection is now open from Bastendorf Beach near Charleston to the California border. All mussel harvesting north of Bastendorf beach remains closed.