Quit Wishin’ Go Fishin’!
Bring your own boat, or take one of ours
Newport is home to the largest commercial fishing fleet on the Oregon Coast, and it’s the place to buy the freshest seafood available anywhere, but did you know that Newport is also the perfect place to catch your own fish? We have a great marina where you can launch your own boat, and public facilities to clean your catch when you return. And if you don’t have your own boat, we offer a variety of sport fishing charter boats with experienced crew ready to embark on daily deep sea angling excursions.
Tuna, salmon, halibut, cod, and rockfish are readily available just off the Pacific coastline, and you can also set crab pots on your way out to find fish. Check with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to see which fish are in season, and what kinds of fish you will have the best luck catching. Also visit the National Weather Service to make sure that the ocean will be calm, and that no storms or dangerous conditions may arise during your excursion.
The Port of Newport’s South Beach Marina provides an idea place to put your boat in the water. They offer an easy access launch ramp, complete with self-service payment center, fresh water boat launch, and a large short-term boat trailer parking lot. The South Beach Marina also has a full-service RV park, public fish cleaning stations, an onsite store, and is located next to many visitor attractions.
If you don’t have your own boat, local charter companies offer daily sport fishing trips, where skilled captains and crew will guide you into areas that are known to have an abundance of fish. Sport fishing trips are affordable and frequently available, so you will have no difficulty scheduling a day out on the Pacific Ocean. Local charters will have all of the equipment you will need for your fishing trip, and some will allow you to use your own rod if you choose, but be prepared to bring some other essential items.
In addition to the charter fee you will need an Oregon fishing license; if you don’t already have one, daily licenses may be purchased with your charter package. To insure a comfortable experience, dress in layers, complete with a rain jacket, hat and gloves. Many charters offer food and drinks, but if yours doesn’t, bring a thermos of coffee or tea, a canteen of water and some snacks or a picnic lunch. Also bring a little cash to tip the captain and crew and to pay for the fish cleaning services at the end of your trip, and be sure leave a cooler with ice in your car to transport your fresh fish.
If you don’t have your own boat, contact one of these local charters to schedule a fishing trip.
653 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront
343 SW Bay Blvd., Historic Bayfront
1000 SE Bay Blvd. Historic Bayfront (near the Embarcadero Resort)
2128 SE Marine Science Drive, South Beach
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