…..and he will thank you for taking him to the Coast! Oregon’s coastline is flooded with rivers (literally!) and each one of them has some of the best fishing you can possibly imagine. Add in Oregon’s bays and the ocean and you have unlimited opportunity to try your hand at one of mankind’s favorite pastimes.
Whether you’re fishing for trout, sturgeon, steelhead, chinook, flounder, halibut, rockfish or cod, Oregon
’s coastal rivers, bays and oceans have it all. Wild and hatchery fish are available in the rivers. Whether you are a fly fisher or an angler, our rivers will not only give you dinner, but will also give you some of the most beautiful scenery possible.
Fish the mouth of the Columbia
for sturgeon, salmon of all varieties and ocean denizens. The Wilson
, Necanicum, Nehalem, Tillamook, Trask, Salmon, Siletz and Alsea rivers all empty into bays that are also veritable supermarkets of seafood. The Nehalem, Tillamook, Siletz and Alsea bays offer fantastic opportunities for crabbing, clamming, oysters and sport fishing.
And don’t forget the crawdads! Our coastal rivers are loaded with these little freshwater lobsters. Catch some and add them to your homemade cioppino. Or just cook ‘em up and slather on the garlic butter and lemon juice.
Don’t downplay the sporting opportunities of surf fishing. Standing in the surf up to your knees and pulling in a flounder or rockfish makes for a great meal over a campfire on the beach. And the seagulls will be more than happy to clean up after you’ve cleaned and gutted your catch.
Want something a little bigger? Catch a charter fishing boat out of Astoria
, Tillamook or Garibaldi, Depoe Bay
or Waldport. This isn’t “dude ranch” style fishing where the boat’s crew does all the work…you can catch what you are capable of catching or choose to let the crewman bait your hook if you are of more delicate sensibilities. If you want to clean and fillet your catch all by yourself or let one of the pros do it, that’s up to you. Once out at sea you can pull up rockfish, cod, flounder, snapper, halibut, salmon, even tuna if you go out far enough.
Fishing is the quintessential summertime activity. So load up your tackle box, pick up some fresh worms or shrimp at one of our grocery stores and bring the boat. It’s summer time, the living is easy and the fish are biting.
(Photo credit: nwfish.com)