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Ocean Outlook: Aug. 5, 2010

Coastwide - Stiff north winds up to 25 knots are forecast for the coast beginning Friday, Aug. 6, with gusts to 35 knots and waves to eight feet through the weekend.

Bottomfish anglers must remain within the 20-fathom curve to reduce the bycatch on canary and yelloweye rockfish. That means staying in waters less than 120 feet deep. That will put anglers more onto black and blue rockfish and likely will reduce the lingcod catch. The provision will last for the remainder of the year. Also, the cabezon limit has been reached, so all cabezon must be released unharmed.

Anglers coastwide are averaging three to five rockfish per trip. The marine aggregate limit remains seven rockfish a day, and two lingcod a day with a 22-inch minimum.

Good negative tides forecast in the mornings this weekend should make for good bay clamming around Charleston. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has closed all recreational razor clam harvesting from Bandon north to Tillamook Head due to elevated levels of domoic acid. All recreational mussel harvesting remains open. The consumption of whole recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended. Check the Oregon Department of Agriculture website for updated information (http://oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/shellfish_status.shtml) or call the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

The summer halibut season from Cape Falcon to Ledbetter Point, Wash., will open three days a week, Friday-Sunday, from Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 26 or until the harvest quota is achieved. The all-depths halibut season south of Cape Falcon opens on a Friday-Saturday schedule. Fishing will be open every-other Friday and Saturday until the quota of 141,265 pounds is met, or until Oct. 30.

Tuna are 30 to 40 miles offshore, and anglers off the central coast averaged two to three fish. The average size of tuna is up over last year.

Fishing for fin-clipped coho has picked up a bit near Newport and Winchester Bay, but catches remain light in the Brookings area. One in 10 coho anglers are catching a fish each day. Chinook fishing is fair, with fewer than one in seven anglers catching a fish this week. The limit is two salmon, whether they are coho, chinook or one of each.

Surfperch fishing has been good.