Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Small-craft advisories are in effect through Friday night. The opening of the fin-clipped coho season was slow because of poor weather. Lingcod catches are down out of all ports.

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

In most Oregon ports last week crabbers averaged two to three crab, with crabbers out of Charleston averaging six. Sport crabbing is open in the ocean until Oct. 16.

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

BROOKINGS - Black rockfish catches have been good when anglers can get out. Coho fishing was slow last week, largely because of windy weather, and few boats were fighting the chop. Winds up to 30 knots are forecast for the weekend, but some early-morning fishing for fin-clipped coho could be good on anchovies and hoochies trolled 30 to 50 feet down.

Surfperch fishing has slowed with the winds.

COOS BAY - Crabbing has picked up a bit. Crabbers working out of Charleston have averaged six dungeness a day this past week. Rockfish anglers have averaged six fish a trip this past week, fishing mostly early in the morning before the winds kick up.

COQUILLE - Striped bass fishing has picked up during evenings in tidewater near Coquille. Large rainbow Rapala lures work best.

GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing remained strong on the sand spit at the jetty this week. Weather conditions were good enough that some anglers were venturing over the bar. Catches are a bit slow, likely because lingcod and rockfish are gorging on small crabs.

WINCHESTER BAY - Fishing for sturgeon remains fair. Mud shrimp and ghost shrimp are working best on the flats near holes in tidewater.

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