Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Ocean conditions look very good for today and Friday as a warm front moves through, but conditions on the South Coast will get choppy and rough Saturday.

Fishing should be excellent today and Friday, but iffy for the weekend.

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.

Fishing for rockfish and greenling has been decent from shore. Concentrate your fishing near rocky outcroppings and drop-offs.

The rockfish limit turns from six fish a day to seven a day beginning Friday, when the recently adopted 2009 season bag limits go into effect. The lingcod limit remains two 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 excellent through Friday. Anglers are getting quick limits of black rockfish and lingcod close to shore. This is the peak near-shore period for rockfish.

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

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains slow. 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 during high tides.

WINCHESTER BAY - Fishing is picking up a little for sturgeon. Remember there's a new sturgeon measuring method in the 2009 Angling Regulations. Crabbing has been fair.

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