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Ocean Outlook: Dec. 10, 2009

COASTWIDE - Ocean conditions are a bit choppy but they are decent enough for saltwater anglers to get their last shot at this year's rockfish.

Dungeness crabbing in the open ocean remains extremely good.

The entire ocean remains open to bottomfish fishing. 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.

Recreational and commercial clam harvesting is open on the entire Oregon Coast, from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border.

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

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

BROOKINGS - Crabbing off Sporthaven Beach has been very good to excellent this past week now that crabbers are allowed back on the ocean. Crabbing is better in the morning because the ocean has been getting a bit rough with wind chop in the afternoon.

Bottomfishing is very good for combinations of black rockfish and lingcod in shallow waters near the kelp beds north of the marina. Glow-in-the-dark and black jigs have been the plastics of choice.

Surfperch fishing has improved as the fish have moved closer to shore with the calmer surf. Prawns and mussels have worked best.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains excellent off public docks, where crabbers continue to average 10 keeper Dungeness per day. Crabbing in the ocean off Bastendorf Beach has been very good. Look for crabbing to drop off if this weekend's storms materialize.