Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - The Dungeness crab season for sport and commercial crabbers begins Monday in the ocean, and the crab crop is in good shape for the opener. Bay crabbing has been good between storms, but higher freshets will push the crabs back to sea.

The bottomfish season remains open, with the aggregate limit remaining six fish a day. Bottomfish anglers coast-wide are getting limits of rockfish and their two lingcod with decent regularity when weather and ocean conditions permit.

Rockfish anglers no longer must remain within the 20-fathom curve, opening bottomfishing opportunities in deep water. All cabezon must be released unharmed through December.

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 - A hazardous-seas warning remains in effect off the Southern Oregon coast into today. Swells will be a problem for bottomfishers into the weekend, at best.

PORT ORFORD - Fishing in the bay near the port should be good for bottomfish, but not lingcod. Sport-crabbing begins Monday and catches should be good right off the get-go.

COOS BAY - Crabbing is very good in the bay, and the crabs are starting to harden in their shells. That means more and better meat. Ocean crabbing starts Monday and expect good limits of large Dungeness off the Charleston beaches. Clamming remains open, and clammers are still working some of the flats around Charleston. A series of good low tides are coming up in evenings now. To check them out, try www.protides.com/oregon

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