Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Ocean conditions again look pretty marginal for the weekend, with swells of 10 feet or more forecast through the weekend. The winds won't be so bad, but the swells could mean for early and short fishing days, primarily for lingcod and black rockfish.

Clamming continues in bays and beaches, but conditions are not ideal this weekend.

Crabbing remains slow in the open ocean and most bays, with Dungeness catches tapering off into spring.

The bottomfish season is open and anglers can keep cabezon under the 2009 quotas, which have yet to be adopted. The aggregate rockfish limit remains six fish a day. Coastwide, bottomfish anglers have continued to score on black rockfish and lingcod. Rockfish anglers no longer must remain within the 20-fathom curve, opening bottomfishing opportunities in deep water.

The entire Oregon Coast is still open for the recreational harvest of mussels. Now open for harvest are mussels on the beaches, rocks, jetties and at the entrance to bays, and scallops.

BROOKINGS - Early morning fishing opportunities look possible through the weekend, likely luring anglers with good sea legs to take a shot at lingcod. Recent catches of black rockfish and lingcod have been great when the ocean allows for passage.

Surfperch fishing remains very good in the mornings while the surf and winds are down. Winchuck beach is best. Prawns and mussels are working best, but they'll even bite bright streamer flies.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains fairly slow for boat and dock crabbers, with few keeper Dungeness in the mix. Boat crabbers are averaging five crab per day. Sturgeon fishing is picking up now that some mud has hit the estuary. Look for decent sturgeon fishing through the rest of the month.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing remains good off the sand spit between the jetties. Slack tides are best, with prawns, mussels and streamer flies working best. Spring chinook have showed up in the lower estuary and the top of tidewater in the Rogue River.

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