Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Excellent ocean conditions are awaiting all-depth halibut anglers this weekend. Running out of Newport, most halibut anglers are going just past the 40-fathom line, which normally is about 20 miles out. Good catches have occurred during calm weekends. Halibut fishing outside the 40-fathom curve runs this Friday through Sunday south of Cape Falcon. Only 21 percent of the central coast halibut quota has been filled, so look for the all-depth season to spill into July.

For the remainder of rockfish species, the ocean is closed outside of the 40-fathom line (defined by waypoints) until Sept. 30 for all rockfish, lingcod, flatfish (except Pacific halibut during all-depth open days) greenling, cabezon and skates. Complete regulations and waypoints for the 40-fathom are available online at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/. Rockfish seasons remain open inside the 40-fathom curve.

COOS BAY - Digging for clams in Coos Bay should be fair, chiefly because the tides are not really cooperating. The first week of June, however, has the lowest tides of the year and good morning times. That should make clamming excellent. A few of the popular digging areas are Charleston Flat, Pigeon Point, Fossil Point and Clam Island.

The entire coast remains open for clamming. The daily limit for razor clams is the first 15 taken regardless of size or condition. For more information on clamming check www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish. Crabbing is slow coast-wide.

BROOKINGS - Excellent seas forecast through the weekend should make for excellent bottomfishing. Lingcod are still showing up strongly in the catch, as are black and blue rockfish. Jigging glow-in-the-dark jigs are best, followed by white, black and red jigs. Surf perch fishing is very good off the Winchuck River beach. Mussels, sand shrimp and clam necks work best. Good surf conditions are predicted through the weekend.

GOLD BEACH - Surf perch fishing has been excellent this week in the lower estuary and places like McVeigh Beach. Excellent surf conditions mean good catches are expected through the weekend.

WINCHESTER BAY - Spring chinook continue to move into the bay, but catches are light. Sturgeon fishing is fair and fish are scattered throughout tidewater. Crabbing is slow.

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