Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Ocean conditions look pretty good for early-morning fishing through Saturday, but anglers likely will be dealing with some rain and a little wind as a storm front inches down the Oregon Coast from Canada.

Bottomfish anglers must now stay within the 40-fathom curve when going after black rockfish and lingcod. That's OK, because they're close to shore and the mouths of deep-water estuaries right now.

The rockfish limit remains six fish a day until May 1, when it becomes seven fish a day. The lingcod limit remains two fish per day with a 24-inch minimum length.

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

The entire Oregon Coast is still open for the recreational harvest of mussels now that levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, also known as PSP, have eased to safe levels.

BROOKINGS - Early morning fishing conditions should be good through Saturday, and anglers have had great success for black rockfish and lingcod close to shore and near rock formations.

Surfperch fishing remains very good in the mornings while the surf and winds are down. Winchuck Beach has been best.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains slow in the bay and off the docks.

Fishing for pile perch under the Highway 101 bridge is good with mussels or sandshrimp fished right next to pilings.

Fishing off the North Jetty for black and blue rockfish, as well as lingcod, has been very good.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing remains good off the sand spit between the jetties. Sandshrimp and clam necks work great, but they'll even take streamer flies.

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