180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast Fishing Season Hits High Gear,
Especially in Newport
Oregon) – The central Oregon coast resort town of Newport is big
on a lot of things, preferring to do nothing small. It has one of the
biggest bays on the coast, the most outdoor restaurants of the entire
coastline, more indoor attractions, it has two lighthouses, and it certainly
has the largest sport fishing industry on these shores.
While many fish can be caught all year, March is when most
of the fishing seasons start because the weather lets up, allowing visitors
to Newport to hook perch, rockfish, ling cod, herring, sturgeon, ocean
various ocean salmon and halibut, as well as go clamming and crabbing
– all within the confines of one town. There are a wide range of
charter fishing businesses serving Newport’s Yaquina Bay, numerous
public docks and jetties from which to cast a line, and plenty of beaches
and lots of room on the bay for crabbing and clamming.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
– from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln
City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds
of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
It’s also one of the coast’s favorite family
Brandon Ford, Public Information Representative for Newport’s
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office, said many species of fish
are allowed to be caught all year long, but improved weather is what really
brings out the fishing enthusiasts and fires up the season.
|Depoe Bay, also where lots of charter boat businesses dwell
Crab season is open all year in Yaquina Bay, but closed
August 15 to November 30 in the ocean. All forms of clamming are open
year-round, unless state officials impose a health closure because of
Fishing for chinook salmon and steelhead at least 20 inches
long opens March 15 and runs through Oct. 31. The limit is two salmon
per day. Coho salmon may only be retained off the central Oregon coast
during a special season – one that will be announced later. All
coho salmon must have a healed adipose fin clip (hatchery fish) to be
Ocean salmon season along the central Oregon coast depends
on various quota factors as set by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council
in April, and the opening of halibut season is just around the corner.
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“You can fish for tuna all year, but they only show
up in the summer usually in early July and leave around September or October,”
Ford said. “The charter boat captains know when and where they are
- usually about 30 to 50 miles out.”
|The bustling bay and its many docks
Ford said halibut fishing was good last year and bottom
fishing is pretty consistent.
The vast number of fishing, crabbing and clamming options
in Newport is what sets the area apart from the rest of the coast.
There are the north and south jetties for catching rockfish.
Herring is best caught from public docks around the bay. Ford said bank
fishing for sturgeon is prime January through May near markers 25 and
37 (north shore) and markers 38 and 42 (south shore).
Nearby rivers also provide plenty of angling opportunities.
Later in the year, bank fishing for salmon along the river, from Elk City
to Toledo, is perfect for September through early November.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled
against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine
in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight
dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other
Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range
from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and
refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise
room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game
room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms
for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities.
4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161.
The South Beach Marina has numerous public fishing docks,
crab - pot rentals and a boat ramp. There’s even a wheelchair-accessible
dock on the north shore, along with RV hook-ups and tent sites, and wheelchair-accessible
restrooms with showers, a playground, and picnic tables perfect for munching
on the day’s catch.
suggested to crab off the public dock at South Beach, and dig for clams
downstream of the Hwy. 101 Bridge, as well as off the Hatfield Marine
Science Center parking lot.
There are about half a dozen charter businesses which take
visitors out to sea for fishing or whale watching, while Newport and South
Beach host many fishing supply stores.
The season schedule for halibut depends on a variety
of things, Ford said, including where you’re fishing. For the central
Oregon coast, the area is Cape Falcon (by Manzanita) to Humbug Mountain,
on the south coast. There, the nearshore fishery inside of 40 fathoms
opens May1 and is open seven days a week. The all-depth fishery off the
central coast is May 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31 and June 1-2, 7-9 (Thursday
- Saturdays). If the quota remains, the fishery will resume on June 21-23,
and July 5-7 and 19-21. The summer season opens August 3 and is scheduled
to be open every other Friday - Sunday until the season all-depth quota
is taken or October 28. For more info visit www.discovernewport.com
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites,
1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people.
Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens
and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
City Vacation Homes
There’s something for everyone
among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view
to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away from the sand – all with a low
bank access and fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area;
one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies,
depending on the home: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers,
Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s
a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments.
Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with
complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home.
Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85
to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones with data ports. Oceanfronts all have a queen
bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a
private deck. Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed
for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on
a budget. Elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen,
double hide-a-bed, fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many
as six. For family reunions or large gatherings such as weddings,
some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites.
Some rooms are pet friendly.523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach.
(503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years a favorite of Seaside
visitors. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated.
Suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes,
one or two bed family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining
rooms. Oceanview cottages sleep anywhere from two to eight, w/ two
bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens. Heated outdoor
pool, enormous grounds w/ picnic tables - all at quiet southern
end of Seaside. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.
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