Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Near-shore halibut fishing remains open but effort is light.

The tuna season is over.

The bottomfish aggregate limit remains six fish a day, and bottomfish anglers coastwide are averaging two black or blue rockfish and half a lingcod per day. Rockfish anglers no longer must remain within the 20-fathom curve, opening bottomfishing opportunities in deep water.

Lingcod angling should improve now that deeper waters are open for jigging.

The ocean remains closed to Dungeness crab fishing.

The entire Oregon Coast remains closed to the recreational harvest of mussels due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, also known as PSP. The closure includes mussels on the beaches, rocks, jetties and at the entrance to bays. In addition, only the adductor muscle of scallops are safe to eat, and people should not eat whole scallops taken in the recreational fishery.

BROOKINGS - Heavy winds and pretty rough seas are forecast for the weekend, but no small-craft advisories were in effect as of Wednesday afternoon.

Ocean salmon fishing is over off Brookings for the year.

Bottomfish and lingcod fishing have been good with glow-in-the-dark jigs.

NEWPORT - Tuna fishing is done for the season.

Near-shore halibut fishing is fair and the poundage quota likely remains strong enough for fishing through Halloween.

TILLAMOOK - The ocean terminal fishery is on for chinook salmon, and anglers are averaging two days of fishing for one chinook.

COOS BAY - Crabbing is good but most of the crabs still are in the soft-shell stage with little meat. Clamming effort in Coos Bay has slowed but there still are lots of clams available. Try Pigeon Point off the Cape Arago Highway and the Charleston Flat south of the Charleston Bridge.

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