Yaquina Bay

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Yaquina Bay Fishing Charters

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If you find yourself in Newport, OR, checking out the Yaquina Bay fishing scene is a must. This estuary is wedged between the Yaquina River in the south and the Pacific Ocean in the west, so it offers the best of both worlds.

The area is known for its fantastic crabbing, namely Dungeness Crab. The crab population is so big that you can catch them any day of the year, but the season is closed in late summer and fall. If you prefer fishing with rods and reels, your passage to the ocean is open, and there you can target a variety of bottom dwellers, including Rockfish, Halibut, Cabezon, and Lingcod.

For even more variety, head to the Yaquina River in search of the top-notch Salmon and Steelhead bite. You’ll find great fish swimming around the bay and up the river in the fall, but for the biggest Steelhead, visit the area in the winter. The Yaquina Bay also has some Sturgeon hiding in its waters, so there’s something for just about everyone.

Whether you’d like a taste of freshwater or saltwater action, there’s a good number of fishing charters to take you to your prey. Local guides have spent years perfecting their routes to make sure you get your share of excitement. You can take your pick between half day and full trips, as well as crabbing expeditions.

When you book your charter online, the Newport Marina Boat Ramp is where you’ll meet your captain for your Yaquina Bay fishing adventure.

Rules & Regulations

Charter guides will provide you with everything you need for your trip, all you have to do is get a valid Oregon fishing license. Everyone who’s 12 and older needs the license, and if you’re going crabbing and fishing, you’ll need a combined license for both shellfish and fishing.

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January

No matter what time of year it is, there’s always some exciting fishing action on the Yaquina Bay! In the middle of winter, you can look forward to excellent Trout fishing, as well as a solid Lingcod bite.

February

The weather isn’t great in February, but all you really need is layers of clothes, rain gear, and enthusiasm. Then, you can go after Crab, Lingcod, Steelhead, and even Sturgeon.

March

This is one of the top months to go after your limits of Lingcod and fill your coolers with delicious fish fillets. Steelhead are still biting in the river, and it’s a good time for some fly fishing.

April

Spring means more and more fishermen out and about, making the most out of the great weather. Join them and you could be rewarded with good Rockfish, Lingcod, and even Sturgeon.

May

The Halibut season is finally open! This is great news for avid bottom fishers searching for a good fight and colossal catches. When you go out with a charter, you’ll probably target both Halis and Lingcod at the same time.

June

Chinook Salmon are still not venturing into the Yaquina Bay, but there’s a good deal of them in the ocean waters – and you should make the most of it. Add some crabbing or bottom fishing, and you’ve got a winning combo!

July

This is an awesome fishing month, no matter what you’d like to target! Halibut and Lingcod are in their prime, crabbing is marvelous, and you can even go to the deeper waters to wrestle an Albacore Tuna.

August

Towards the end of summer, you can feel the fishing tides changing. Everybody’s expecting Chinook and Coho to arrive and, by the month’s end, more and more of these gorgeous fish find their way to the bay.

September

In the mood for epic Salmon catches? This is the time to hit the waters of the Yaquina Bay! Both Coho and Chinook are in the cards, and the action can be fast and furious. But the effort is worth it, as you get to go home with the most delicious fillets.

October

The fall months on the bay mean non-stop Salmon action that will take your breath away. You can find Kings that easily weigh up to 40–50 pounds and Coho who, though smaller, fight fiercely. This is what Salmon fishing dreams are made of!

November

Salmon are slowly but surely leaving the bay on their way to the spawning grounds, so if you’d still like to catch them, we’d suggest going up the Yaquina River. In the ocean, Lingcod are still very much biting.

December

Salmon are slowly but surely leaving the bay on their way to the spawning grounds, so if you’d still like to catch them, we’d suggest going up the Yaquina River. In the ocean, Lingcod are still very much biting.

Yaquina Bay Fishing Calendar

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Full Day Ocean - Bottom Fishing Run
Jeff H. fished with Pastime Fishing Adventures – Offshore on October 5, 2020
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Just make sure you know what you are booking if you are from the East Coast. The charters in the East head out a lot further than the West coast ones do, apparently. Besides that, have fun. It will be a great experience.
Salmon fishing with Capt Niles
Connie C. fished with All Depth Charters on July 23, 2019
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Fishing was good but again nature is in control and anyone that goes needs to be able to handle disappointment as well as over excitement about catching what they go for.
Fishing with Gregory
James C. fished with All Depth Charters on June 23, 2019
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Fishing trip was great. Catching was bad. Go fishing here in a smaller boat, 3 or 4 people.
Opening weekend for Halibut....
Ken H. fished with All Depth Charters on May 10, 2019
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Layers of clothes for unpredictable weather
Captain Gregory Niles, best Captain of the seas!
Harry C. fished with All Depth Charters on September 14, 2018
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I would recommend to anglers fishing in Newport,to book a trip with Captain Gregory Niles, it was a great day of fishing adventure!
Salmon fishing with Captain Greg
Bob S. fished with All Depth Charters on August 14, 2018
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Make sure you are prepared if you get sea sick. Make sure you know what size boat would best fit the experience you are looking for and check multiple local sources if you aren't sure.
July fishing trip
Juan L. fished with All Depth Charters on July 29, 2018
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Is a great experience people is friendly greg is cool and he knows what he's doing my kids were very happy for being the first time fishing in the ocean great experience we coming back soon
Fishing with Gregory
Katrina C. fished with All Depth Charters on June 9, 2018
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Bring rain gear and make sure you don’t get sea sick.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Yaquina Bay

According to customer reviews, All Depth Charters, Pastime Fishing Adventures – Offshore, and Kevin Larson Guide Service - Central Coast are some of the most popular fishing charters in Yaquina Bay. Full list of top fishing charters in Yaquina Bay.

All Depth Charters, Pastime Fishing Adventures – Offshore, and Kevin Larson Guide Service - Central Coast all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Yaquina Bay.

The best way to experience fishing in Yaquina Bay is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Yaquina Bay.

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Spring means more and more fishermen out and about, making the most out of the great weather. Join them and you could be rewarded with good Rockfish, Lingcod, and even Sturgeon. Check availability for local fishing charters in Yaquina Bay.