Deep-sea fishing is in full swing at the central Oregon coast, from boat or bank, with a bounty of hard-fighting trophies to fit any seafood palate.
No matter how you approach marine angling, it’s always an adventure. Local beaches kick feisty surf perch, while rugged shorelines and rocky jetties yield fat rockfish and lingcod. Though tackle varies, expert store clerks at Lincoln City BiMart, Englund Marine, Newport Ace Hardware and other tackle shops will direct you to the gear you need.
Experienced charter operators in Depoe Bay and Newport, on the other hand, provide everything anglers need except the layered clothing and lunch they should show up with. For more information about licenses and rules, visit the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife website, myodfw.com.
Lingcod like the one decked by Phil Reed aboard Dockside Charters out of Depoe Bay always leave fishermen beaming. Bounce your lead-headed jig dressed with a plastic shrimp and stink juice on the bottom until it annoys this toothy predator. (Photos by Rick Beasley)
Albacore Tuna are running at the 35-mile mark, with the charter companies booking 12-hour trips on a daily basis.
Halibut are sitting in deep offshore holes for the taking every Friday and Saturday until the expanded harvest quota is reached, or Oct. 31. Meanwhile, you can angle for the king of flatfish seven days a week inside the 40-fathom line.
Canary Rockfish are among the many species of “red” bottom-dwellers anglers are catching in abundance; other reds seeing daylight are vermillion and bocaccio rockfish. The current deep-sea bag allows a mix of five rockfish, plus two lingcod, for a scale-busting catch of seven trophies.
Coho salmon like this metal mouth caught from a kayak by Don Hamilton are plentiful, but you’ll have to hurry because the 2-per-day season ends Aug. 25.
Chinook salmon like this beautiful king decked during the 2019 Oregon Classic Fishing Derby in Depoe Bay are unforgettable trophies. The bag is two salmon per day, one of which can be a Chinook.
Cabezon may be ugly, but they’re very delicious once you get to know them. Anglers are allowed one per day as part of the five-fish deep-sea bag.