Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - The summer all-depth season for halibut opens Friday through Sunday and there should be good weather and stomach-able seas for those heading past the 40-fathom curve. Specific dates and regulations are online at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP.

Albacore tuna fishing is slowly starting to pick up as the fish are creeping closer to shore than the 40 miles they were out last week.

The fin-clipped coho salmon fishery from Cape Falcon to the California border remains open, with less than one-half of the 9,000-fish quota caught so far. Fishing has improved this past week as water conditions finally improved.

Under emergency changes, the marine aggregate limit has dropped from six fish to five fish and rockfish anglers must remain within the 20-fathom curve.

Lingcod anglers also must remain within the 20-fathom curve, but anglers targeting flatfish, tuna and salmon are unaffected by the change.

Shellfish harvest is now open coastwide after the conservation closure was lifted on razor clams from Clatsop County to Tillamook Head. Good minus tides are expected this morning.

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.

BROOKINGS - Finally, no small-craft advisories await weekend anglers, who will see good morning conditions to troll for fin-clipped coho salmon and for bottomfishing with jigs.

The coho action has been heavy this season out of Brookings. About half the fish are wild coho that must be released unharmed. All the catches have come trolling anchovies with Hoochies in the top 25 feet of water. All chinook must be released.

South of Humbug Mountain is open daily through October for Pacific halibut. Catches are very light.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing is tailing off at the sand spit at the Rogue River mouth during the last two hours of the incoming tide. Trolling for fall chinook during the afternoon in-coming and high-slack tides has been fair and occasionally good, with pressure light. The new cutbacks on wild fall chinook go into effect Friday. The seaon limit will be 10 chinook through Dec. 31 on the Rogue.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing has improved slightly in and around the estuary, with crabbers averaging three "keeper" crab per day. Fishing for fin-clipped coho salmon remains very good when conditions allow. Perch remain in the bay, but the catch rates should drop as the females give live birth and leave the estuary.

COOS BAY - Surfperch are being caught in the bay. A few areas to try are around the McCullough Bridge or near any submerged pilings. Sturgeon fishing is good near the Highway 101 bridge.

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