Land a great catch! Have fun fishing, clamming and
crabbing on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.
fishing, clamming and crabbing are popular outdoor
recreational activities and Oregon’s Adventure Coast
provides outstanding opportunities to land a great catch
just about anytime.
Fishermen can venture
offshore for salmon, halibut, Albacore tuna and a
variety of bottomfish – from lingcod, to rockfish, to
flatfish. Charter boat operators can help plan half-day
and full-day trips for any size group. And trailer
boaters with the right gear and open-water experience
can head out to sea or fish Coos Bay from a variety of
convenient launch ramps and bay area marinas.
Most Pacific salmon
fishing occurs April through November, and sport seasons
are regulated for Coho and Chinook salmon by state and
federal agencies. Check with the
Oregon Department of
Fish & Wildlife (ODF&W). And also check with tackle and
bait shops for local information about specific seasons,
catch limits and conditions.
Pacific halibut is a
spring and early summer fishery, while Albacore tuna
tend to be offshore from mid summer through early fall.
Bottomfish are available year around – weather
permitting – and a charter trip usually ends with an ice
chest full of fish. Check the
ODF&W website for bottomfish catch limits.
Beach, Bay and River Fishing
Oregon’s Bay Area also
offers several unique fisheries; surf fishing from local
beaches for striped bass and surf perch and in-bay
fishing for white sturgeon. The best information about
these fishing opportunities is available from local
River and stream
fishing are also popular pursuits. Early summer and
late fall salmon runs offer the best chances for a great
catch and hearty sportsmen will enjoy the challenges of
winter steelhead fishing. Local guides always know
those special spots where the “big ones” are hiding and
what gear to use.
Lakes in the Adventure
Coast region offer great family angling for bass and
trout, and can be fished from the shore or from small
Let's go clamming and crabbing
the year low tides provide access to another bountiful
resource; clams. A clam-digging adventure on the
tidelands of Coos Bay can result in a tasty treat
whether served in chowder, steamed or fried. The most
common varieties found around the bay include gaper,
cockle, littleneck, softshell and butter. Check with
ODF&W website for the most current shellfish
regulations and harvest notices.
And finally, no trip
to the Adventure Coast is complete without Dungeness
crab, and the best crab are always the ones you bring up
yourself from the waters of lower Coos Bay. Rent or buy
a crab ring and try your luck; the payoff will be a
fresh crab feast you’ll always remember. And you’ll
keep coming back for more. Rental crab rings are
available at many RV parks and other lodging facilities,
and tackle and marine supply stores often rent and sell