Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Marine forecasts are calling for decent conditions the rest of this week, but look for bumpy seas until the weekend. Most near-shore reefs should remain good for black and blue rockfish, though lingcod catches have waned as adults move farther away from shore. Clamming and crabbing remain fair coastwide, even though tidal conditions are not prime for clamming right now. Charleston Flat, Pigeon Point, Fossil Point and Clam Island in the Charleston/Empire area of Coos Bay are the closest good clamming spots for Rogue Valley shellfishers. 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.

COOS BAY - Sturgeon fishing remains fair in the bay, especially in Isthmus Slough and the spot where the Millicoma and South Coos rivers flow together. Shad fishing is starting to pick up. Crabbing remains fair.

BROOKINGS - The offshore coho season started Sunday and catches have been excellent out of Brookings, where reports put coho on almost every boat fishing there. Only fin-clipped hatchery coho may be kept, and about half the fish caught are hatchery coho. The coho are in the top 30 feet of water, and trollers are finding fish all over the inside two miles of ocean. All chinook must be released unharmed.

Surfperch fishing remains excellent and catches have been reported at most beaches around Brookings and Gold Beach. The forecast for low surf means the surfperch will be in close during high tides.

Bottomfishing remains good and choppy surf is not deterring anglers from catching their coho and then finishing out their day with rockfish. The marine daily bag limit remains six fish (including rockfish, greenling and other marine species), two lingcod and 15 surfperch. Yelloweye rockfish and canary rockfish must be released. The minimum length for lingcod is 22 inches, for cabezon it is 16 inches and for greenling it is 10 inches.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing remains excellent in the lower estuary and around beaches close to the Rogue River mouth. Female surfperch are starting to head to estuaries to give birth. Spring chinook fishing was decent this week for bank and boat anglers in the lower 18 miles of river.

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

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