Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - One of the last good minus-tide series of the year will occur this weekend during early mornings. That will mean good clamming opportunities, as well as good opportunities for fishing off rock outcroppings for near-shore rockfish.

The tides also will create good conditions to go tide-pooling over the holiday weekend.

The black and blue rockfish catches have remained fair this past week, with catches still a bit slow in shallow water. There is plenty of natural feed available for bottomfish right now, so they can be tough to target.

The marine aggregate limit is five fish a day 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 bag-limit change.

All salmon fishing off the Oregon Coast remains closed right now.

BROOKINGS - Choppy seas and windy conditions are forecast into this weekend, which could make bottomfishing difficult, other than early in the morning and close to the harbor.

NEWPORT - Tuna seem to be scattered and schools are all more than 25 miles offshore. Catches have been poor thanks to rough boating conditions.

Halibut fishing during the all-depth weekends has been very good when weather conditions cooperate. The all-depth openings for Pacific halibut are now every Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the central coast from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain. The season runs until the quota is reached or until Oct. 26.

CLATSOP - Recreational mussel harvesting from Arcadia Beach in Clatsop County to the mouth of the Columbia River is closed due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning, also called PSP toxins. The closure includes mussels on the beaches, rocks, jetties and at the entrance to bays in this section of the Oregon Coast. Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten.

Share This Story