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Ocean Outlook: Nov. 26, 2009

COASTWIDE -Hazardous sea warnings are in effect through Friday, with swells of 12 to 13 feet forecast for the weekend, meaning few anglers are going to be venturing out of local bays.

The entire ocean remains 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 crabbers can join commercial crabbers in the open ocean beginning Monday. Surveys show that early crabs are in excellent condition.

Recreational and commercial clam harvesting is open on the entire Oregon Coast, from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border. This includes clam harvesting on beaches and inside bays. Look for good low tides coastwide beginning Monday.

Mussel harvesting is now closed south of Bastendorf Beach near Charleston to the California border because of elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins. Mussel harvesting is open north of Bastendorf Beach to the Columbia River.

For more information and updated closures, telephone the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

BROOKINGS - Bottomfishing effort has been very low thanks to a combination of rough seas and a focus on in-river chinook salmon fisheries by local residents.

When anglers do get out, glow-in-the-dark jigs will work best for black rockfish and lingcod off the north jetty near the kelp lines.

Surfperch fishing remains very slow because of rough surf.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains excellent off public docks, where crabbers continue to average 10 keeper Dungeness per day.

Clamming this weekend should be very good on the flats around Charleston thanks to another decent series of low tides. Check your tide book for details.