Located at the mouth of the Yaquina River and the Pacific Ocean, it's not hard to understand why fishing is such a revered institution in Newport. Fishing enthusiasts come from all over the Northwest to cast their rods, and it isn’t uncommon to see dozens of recreational fishing boats trolling just offshore or heading upriver seeking their catch.
Sport fishing in Newport is a year-round activity; however, summer and early fall are one of the busiest times for visiting anglers. The combination of mild weather, a calm ocean and fish traveling closer to the shore brings numerous fishers to the area who are looking to catch salmon, halibut, albacore tuna, lingcod and rockfish. If you’re planning a fishing adventure to Newport, we’ve pulled together some helpful information below.
Before you pack the cooler and hook up your boat trailer, be sure to check out the ODFW’s Marine Zone Fishing Report to review season opening dates and regulation updates, as well as ensure you have the appropriate license for the type of fishing you plan to do.
If you want to be near the Port of Newport Recreational Marina, there are several overnight accommodation options located within walking distance like La Quinta Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, or Motel 6 (pets allowed). For those traveling with an RV, there are full hook-up and dry spaces available at the marina’s RV park. All locations are minutes from popular Newport attractions like the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Rogue Brewery, Aquarium Village and the historic bayfront.
Tackle & Gear
For stocking up on fishing essentials like bait or purchasing licenses, check out Newport Marina Store & Charters or Stabi Dave’s Bait and Tackle. If you are looking for boating accessories, gear or apparel, head over to Englund Marine and Industrial Supply.
Are you new to fishing and looking for guidance? Or, maybe you're seasoned but would rather kick back, relax, and let someone else take the lead. Either way, book a deep sea fishing excursion with one of our local charter companies (Yaquina Bay Charters, Newport Tradewinds) and allow their skilled crew to navigate and assist while you focus your energy on reeling in the catch. Be sure to check space availability ahead of time.
Jetty and Surf Fishing
We understand that some fishermen and women want to keep their feet firmly on the ground. Fishing for surfperch from the beach shore is a popular alternative to heading upriver or out to the open ocean. Another option is to hike out to the south jetty, a great spot for anglers looking to catch rockfish as well as stunning views of the ocean, beaches and bridge. Be careful, the jetty can be perilous even in the best weather, so take it slow and steady when walking on the rocks.
Newport has been a prime fishing destination since its earliest days and has an abundance of resources and amenities to make for an epic adventure. If you’re looking to land your prize catch, plan a visit here for your next fishing getaway!