Ocean Outlook: June 24, 2010

Coastwide - Strong winds mixed with some choopy seas and 5-foot swells are forecast through the weekend, and that should scare most anglers off the water other than during calmer morning periods.

The ocean season for fin-clipped coho salmon opens Saturday, and catches should be very good if the weather holds off and anglers can get out. The fin-clipped coho quota is 26,000 fish, and the season is concurrent with the chinook season south of Cape Falcon. Chinook fishing has been slow, with fewer than one in seven anglers catching a fish this week. The limit remains two salmon, whether they are coho, chinook or a mix of the two.

An extra three days of all-depth halibut fishing could come Thursday to Saturday, July 1-3, if a review later this week shows enough of the spring quota remains for one more weekend of fishing.

Bottomfish anglers must remain within the 40-fathom curve to reduce the bycatch on canary and yelloweye rockfish. Focus on waters 60 to 120 feet deep and along the edges of kelp beds or near-shore rock croppings.

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

Dungeness crabbing in the ocean has been poor lately, largely because the heavy seas have forced recreational crabbers into bays.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is allowing clam harvest in coastal bays and on open beaches along the entire coast. Mussel collection is closed from the mouth of the Columbia River south to the California border because of elevated levels of toxins. For more information and updated closures, call the shellfish hot line at 1-800-448-2474.

BROOKINGS - The ocean chinook season has been slow, but look for good fishing for fin-clipped coho beginning Saturday. Start in water around 150-feet deep and work anchovies with hoochies at varying depths in the top half of the water column.

Surfperch fishing is very good around Winchuck Beach. Use prawns, fake shrimp or shrimp flies.

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