Ocean Outlook

COAST-WIDE - Albacore tuna fishing has been a dud the past week because the fish are at least 40 miles offshore and the weather has been poor.

The fin-clipped coho salmon fishery from Cape Falcon to the California border remains open, with slightly more than one-third of the 9,000-fish quota caught so far. Fishing has been poor the past week due to rough seas.

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

Beaches from Clatsop County to Tillamook Head remain closed this week to clamming as a conservation move, not because of domoic acid. Beaches south of Gold Beach remain open to 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.

BROOKINGS - A small-craft advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service through today. When the seas allow, look for decent bottomfish catches and good catches of coho. The coho action has been heavy this season out of Brookings, and about half the fish are wild coho that must be released unharmed. Virtually all the catches have come while trolling anchovies with Hoochies in the top 25 feet of water. All chinook must be released.

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

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing remains good off the sand spit at the Rogue River mouth during the last two hours of the incoming tide. Trolling for early-run fall chinook is improving in the estuary, with guides picking up two or more fish a day. Pressure remains very light so far.

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.

NEWPORT - Pacific halibut all-depth fishery on the central coast reopens today through Saturday, the last three days of the spring all-depth season. The summer all-depth season begins Aug. 1-3 and will be open every other Friday through Sunday. The season runs until Oct. 26 or until the quota is reached.

Halibut fishing inside 40 fathoms is open daily. Catches and effort have been light, as anglers are waiting for better weather and the start of the all-depth season. Specific dates and regulations are online at www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP.

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