Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - Bottomfishing has started to pick up after poor catches stemming from last week's rains.

Look for rockfish catches to improve daily. Tuna are more than 50 miles offshore. Offshore fishing for salmon is over for the year, so anglers are starting to focus on the Chetco River estuary.

GOLD BEACH - Few anglers are heading offshore for bottomfish. Crabbing remains closed in the ocean, but open in the estuary, where crabbing is poor.

COOS BAY - Crabbing has been fair to good in the lower bay and the docks around Charleston. The Dungeness are large and their shells are hard. Remember to buy a shellfish license. Ocean crabbing remains closed until Dec. 1.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing has improved in the estuary, and sturgeon fishing is fair.

SOUTH COAST BEACHES - South coast beaches are open for clam and mussel harvest, but effort is light because of rough conditions.

Check for updated health advisories by calling the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Shellfish line at 800-448-2474.

NORTH COAST - A shellfish safety closure is present on central and north Oregon beaches from Siletz Bay (Lincoln County) to the mouth of the Columbia River due to high levels of the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxin.

The closure prohibits harvesting of clams and mussels on beaches, rocks, jetties and entrance to bays.

Shellfish contaminated with PSP toxins can cause minor to severe illness — even death. The symptoms usually begin with tingling of the mouth and tongue.

CENTRAL COAST - Beaches south of Siletz Bay and bays remain open for clamming. The daily limit for razor clams is the first 15 taken regardless of size or condition. More information on Oregon's razor clams, including tips on how to dig razor clams, is available at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/razorclams/index.asp.

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