Newport Beach Fishing

A staple SoCal fishery, Newport Beach has long been revered for its gamefish variety and prolonged sportfishing seasons. The area plays host to many of California's favorite quarry, with over 30 species to choose from and catches in the dozens being very much the norm. Yellowtail remains one of the state's most popular trophy fish, targeted virtually all year round with 10-20lbs specimen being the most common. Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna occupy the neighboring kelp paddles during the summer and fall months, while Albacores await the adventure anglers further offshore. Spring and summer remain the peak season for many drag-stripping machines, including Halibut, Barracuda, Calico and San Bass. And to top it all off, the city is serendipitously located along one of the major whale migration routes, with over 2400 whales witnessed in the area just last year, and several species of dolphin, sea lions and other marine wildlife often not shying away from joining the party!

Known For

Balboa Pier, Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, The Wedge, Inspiration Point, Newport Pier, Fashion Island, Waterskiing and paddle boarding, Jetpack America, Castaways Park, Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, Newport Sports Museum, Balboa Fun Zone, Environmental Nature Center

Rules & Regulations

Every person, while engaged in taking any fish in inland or ocean waters must have a valid sport fishing license in their possession.

Newport Beach Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.