Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Near-shore halibut fishing closes for the year Friday evening. Recent effort has been light.

The bottomfish aggregate limit remains six fish a day, and coastwide bottomfish anglers 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 - The ocean was glass-like and great for fishing Wednesday, and good conditions exist for bottomfishing today. After that, a series of storm fronts will bring gale-force winds to the coast, likely ruining any plans for a weekend fishing trip on the ocean.

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 chinook for every five days of fishing — certainly not worth the gas and Dramamine.

COOS BAY - Crabbing is very good and the crabs are starting to harden in their shells. That means more and better meat. Clamming remains open and clammers are still working some of the flats around Charleston. Try Pigeon Point off the Cape Arago Highway and the Charleston Flat south of the Charleston Bridge.

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