Yaquina Bay report


Big Nigiri

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I know it has been slow, but any recent reports from Newport? We have never been fishing up there and my wife really wants to go. We have a few pots to drop and then want to target bottom fish. I am also curios about herring fishing, I hear they may do that as well?

Thank you
Dan
 

Irishrover

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I fish the area from May until October. I suppose if the ocean is down you could wonder out for bottom fishing, and drop some pots. I know in the spring there is some good bay perch fishing. For herring we use a sabiki rig and go out by the green can located east of the bridge not to far from the Coast Guard Station.
 

O. mykiss

Member
Inside the bay holds fish year round. There are many locations that can be covered to find fish. The north and south jetties, all the finger jetties that come off of the south jetty, and all of the sea walls and breakwaters upstream if it’s too windy out past the bridge. Sand shrimp will bring you the widest variety of species with the most common being striped perch and kelp greenling. That being said, I have caught canary rockfish, lingcod, black rockfish, copper rockfish, and monkey faces eels upstream of the bridge. Crabbing has been dismal, I wouldn’t even waste my time.

Tight Lines
 

Big Nigiri

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Thanks for the information. I'm think I will wait until after the saltwater sportsman show in a few weeks. I have all these weather related websites, but not sure what the information means. I figure there will be folks to ask there. Once I learn how to interpret swell and wave levels, I will feel safer going closer to the mouth and even cross the bar.
 

O. mykiss

Member
Thanks for the information. I'm think I will wait until after the saltwater sportsman show in a few weeks. I have all these weather related websites, but not sure what the information means. I figure there will be folks to ask there. Once I learn how to interpret swell and wave levels, I will feel safer going closer to the mouth and even cross the bar.
Inside the bay, say from the second finger and upriver, swell is not a big factor. Wind however is. Anything more than 10-15 mph is going to make fishing difficult. You can run upriver a find protected structures to fish even on the windier days.
 

bingocouple

New member
I went out last Monday the 4th and dropped my pots at 8:30am, went and had breakfast and came back, checked my pots. I got 9 and dropped them for about another 15 minutes and picked up the last 3 , All done and off the ater by 10am. Crabbing was good that day.
 

O. mykiss

Member
I went out last Monday the 4th and dropped my pots at 8:30am, went and had breakfast and came back, checked my pots. I got 9 and dropped them for about another 15 minutes and picked up the last 3 , All done and off the ater by 10am. Crabbing was good that day.
What area were you crabbing if you don’t mind me asking. My traditional crabbing areas have been terrible since they dredged the river this summer.
 

Big Nigiri

New member
This is a naive question, I know where the public dock is on the south side of the river, but is there a public dock on the North side of the river? Just wonder if we could drop pots and then go to Bay Front for breakfast?

Thanks
Dan
 

bingocouple

New member
I normally crab just east of the NOAA ship, in about 30-32 ft of water.

There is a dock on the bayfront area, by a restuarant. I have seen people using fishing rod with crab grabbers on them, and you can see rope burns on the guard rail so I know they throw pots off there too.
 

O. mykiss

Member
I normally crab just east of the NOAA ship, in about 30-32 ft of water.

There is a dock on the bayfront area, by a restuarant. I have seen people using fishing rod with crab grabbers on them, and you can see rope burns on the guard rail so I know they throw pots off there too.
That’s exactly the area I crab, last few times I have gone it’s been terrible. Then again I have not tried there for a couple months now. I have gone to waldport and cleaned house though
 

rogerdodger

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"The sea's a joke, my boy.
Loves to fool you.
Dive one day, you find nothing.
That night, it blows up a storm.
Go back again, the same spot, you find a carpet of golden coin."
Romer Treece
 

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