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Ocean Outlook: Aug. 19, 2010

Coastwide - Average winds and low but choppy seas are forecast for the weekend. A lot of anglers will probably give it a shot now that salmon, tuna and bottomfishing have all picked up.

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. So far that hasn't hampered success on black and blue rockfish. Anglers continue to report daily limits. The cabezon limit has been reached and all cabezon must be released unharmed.

The marine aggregate limit remains seven rockfish a day and two lingcod a day with a 22-inch minimum.

Razor clam digging is still closed from Bandon north to Cascade Head because of elevated levels of domoic acid. For more information and updated closures, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474. Beaches from Tillamook Head north to Cascade Head are open for razor clams, but Clatsop beaches are closed.

The all-depth halibut fishery is over for the year after anglers hammered the halibut two weeks ago.

The ocean season for fin-clipped coho salmon has picked up a bit near Newport, but it remains light in the Brookings, Winchester Bay and Charleston areas. Seven out of 10 anglers out of Newport are catching fin-clipped coho, while just two out of every 10 anglers are catching coho on the south coast. The fin-clipped coho quota is 26,000 fish and runs concurrently with the chinook season south of Cape Falcon.

Dungeness crabbing in bays off public docks in Winchester Bay and Charleston has been fair, but most of the crabs have molted recently so the meat hasn't filled out yet.

Tuna are hovering 20 to 30 miles out of Newport and Coos Bay, with anglers averaging five fish each per trip.

Shellfish fishers are reminded that health officials advise against eating recreationally collected scallops on the Oregon Coast.