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Fishing & Crabbing

Crab fishermen on the Liberty II

photo: F/V Liberty II

Home to one of the largest commercial fishing fleets on the Oregon Coast, Newport also offers recreational fishing nearly year-round. Salmon and halibut abound off the coast, along with a bounty of crabs in the bay and clams on the shore. Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife predict excellent fishing opportunities this year.

Newport Charter Operators:

Yaquina Bay Charters

Fishing and whale watching charters.
1000 S.E. Bay Blvd., Newport, OR 97365
1-866-465-6801

Newport Marina Store & Charters

Charters, boat rentals, groceries, beer, bait, tackle, gifts, and videos.
541-867-4470

Captain’s Reel Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing and whale-watching charters.
343 S.W. Bay Blvd., Newport, OR 97365
1-800-865-7441

Newport Tradewind Charters

Fishing and whale-watching charters.
1-800-676-7819

crabs

Crabbing

Many charter operators offer crabbing trips and provide facilities for cooking the crabs back at the docks for an additional fee. Crabbing and clamming are excellent in Yaquina Bay. Crab pots and other equipment can be rented at local tackle shops.

Clamming

The beaches near Newport are home to a bountiful population of clams and it's not unusual to bag your limit in short order during a low or minus tide. Harvesting razor clams, mussels and bay clams is a fun and delicious way to spend your time on the Oregon Coast. For successful razor clamming, it is advised to plan your clam digging trip on a minus tide. To look for low or minus tides visit the Hatfield Marine Science Centers website for an accurate Tide Table. You can find updated information on clamming by calling the Shellfish Information Line at 503-986-4728. Please look into the regulations and licensing before you head to the beach with your shovel or clam gun.

Regulations and Licensing

Fishing seasons and limits are subject to change so, before heading out, it's best to check the current Oregon sport fishing regulations, available where you buy your fishing license, to visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us, or to call the department's 24-hour information line at 1-800-720-6339.

For current fishing season dates and information, please refer to the Sport Fishing Regulations from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Marine Resources Program.

Beginning this year, a fishing license is required for shellfish, including crabs and clams. Dungeness crabs, which are native in the local waters, are available year-round in Yaquina Bay, although ocean crabbing season is closed Aug. 15-Nov. 30 to allow crabs to molt.

See Harvest Restrictions for various marine reserves along the Oregon coast.

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