Ocean Outlook: March 25, 2010

GENERAL - A small-craft advisory should keep pleasure-boaters off the Pacific Ocean through Friday, then expect some rain and sloppy seas through the weekend.

Early morning looks best for rockfish fishing through Sunday.

Work rock piles just outside of kelp beds for lingcod and black rockfish.

The marine aggregate limit is seven rockfish a day and two lingcod a day with a 22-inch minimum.

Dungeness crabbing in the ocean remains open, and it could be very good again this weekend. Drop crab pots or traps during bottomfishing trips.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture again is allowing clam harvest in coastal bays and along open beaches on the Oregon Coast. Mussel harvesting is open from the California border north to the Columbia River. Health officials continue to warn beachgoers not to each recreationally collected scallops.

For more information and updated closure information, telephone the shellfish hot line at 1-800-448-2474.

BROOKINGS - Early-morning trips out of Brookings are good for lingcod and black rockfish close to shore, but keep an eye on the waves and weather for a quick run home should conditions turn ugly.

Lings up to 35 pounds were caught this past week just off the kelp beds north of the harbor. Black and blue rockfish are schooling, as well. Most success has come with glow-in-the-dark jigs, as well as white, red and black jigs. Shrimp flies are getting doubles at times.

Surfperch fishing should improve greatly along Winchuck Beach with the calm surf forecast for the weekend.

COOS BAY - Fishing off the South Jetty has been good for lingcod, striped surf perch and greenling but slow for black or blue rockfish. A good weekend forecast could improve catches.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing remains fair in the estuary. Fishing for rockfish at the South Jetty has been good to very good. For updates on the Umpqua bar conditions telephone the U.S. Coast Guard at 541-271-4847. Fishing for surfperch in the Gardiner area is good.

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