Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - A small-craft advisory remains in effect this morning and rough seas are forecast through the weekend along most of coastal Oregon. Waves of up to 10 feet are forecast through Friday, and waves up to 9 feet are expected through the weekend.

Bottomfish anglers must remain within the 40-fathom curve when going after black rockfish and lingcod. The rockfish limit is now seven. The lingcod limit remains two per day with a 24-inch minimum length.

Crabbing remains very slow in the open ocean and most bays, as it has been throughout the spring.

The entire Oregon Coast is still open for the recreational harvest of mussels as levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, also known as PSP, remain at safe levels.

BROOKINGS - Lingcod fishing out of Brookings has tapered off as rough seas have kept anglers home. When they were getting out, anglers consistently averaged one lingcod apiece per trip. Jigging off rock piles close to shore has worked well.

The surf should lay down enough for surfperch to return to the rocks around Winchuck Beach by Saturday. Fish prawns, shrimp flies or mussels.

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.

Sturgeon fishing has picked up a bit near the Highway 101 bridge. Striped bass fishing is slow.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch are back around the sand spit at the jetty this week after rough seas and high river flows moved them out last week. The high freshwater flows in the lower Rogue likely will push the surfperch back into the ocean this week.

WINCHESTER BAY - Fishing for sturgeon remains fair as last week's high flows subside. Mud shrimp and ghost shrimp are working best on the flats near holes in tidewater.

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