Ocean Outlook: Oct. 29, 2010

Coastwide - Winds ranging from 25 to 30 knots are forecast through the weekend, kicking up swells that likely are too much for most sea-legs. Those who brave the chop on early-morning runs must remain within the 20-fathom curve to reduce the bycatch on canary and yelloweye rockfish. That means staying in waters less than 120 feet deep. When getting out, anglers are still catching near-limits of bottomfish each trip, but only one in 10 anglers now is catching a lingcod.

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

All shellfish fishing is open coast-wide, including the popular Clatsop County beaches. Mussel harvest also is open coast-wide. For more information and updated closure information, call the shellfish hotline at 800-448-2474.

Dungeness crabbing in bays off public docks in Winchester Bay and Charleston has improved, and most of the crabs are in their hard shells. Lots of barely undersized crabs are in the mix.

BROOKINGS - Anglers sneaking out of the port in early mornings have been getting near-limits of bottomfish by staying close to shore and jigging near kelp beds.

A small-craft warning is in effect through tonight, and winds up to 30 knots are forecast for the weekend. That should keep bottomfishers in the estuary trolling for chinook salmon.

WINCHESTER BAY - Chinook and coho fishing has been very good in the estuary and lower mainstem river. Trolling with spinners or anchovies has worked best. The vast majority of the catch has been wild coho that must be released unharmed.

NEWPORT - Tuna fishing has ended with the onset of poor weather.

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