Getting There: Turn east off Hwy 101 at Newport, follow signs to either South Beach (to fish the south shore and jetty) or Yaquina Bay Road (to fish the north).
Fisheries: Perch, rockfish, herring, sturgeon, fall chinook, crabs, clams.
Useful Information: Fish both jetties year-round for rockfish. Catch herring from public docks in February- through March, perch in spring, crab year-round. Bank fish for sturgeon January through May near markers 25 and 37 (north shore) and markers 38 and 42 (south shore). Bank fish for salmon from Elk City to Toledo from September through early November. Crab off public dock at South Beach. Dig clams downstream of the Hwy. 101 Bridge and off the Science Center parking lot.
Tackle & Techniques: Crab traps or pots work better than rings to discourage bait-stealing seals. Jig for herring with a small bare hook and yarn. Fish leadhead jigs with plastic worms for rockfish. Shrimp, clams, mussels, sand crabs, herring, anchovies and squid can be used as bait for all bay fisheries. Chinook anglers favor herring as bait.
Facilities: Public fishing docks, crab pot rentals and boat ramp at South Beach Marina; wheelchair-accessible dock at Gas Plant on north shore; RV hook-ups and tent sites, wheelchair-accessible restrooms with showers, playground, picnic tables, beach access, jetty access, and nature trails at South Beach State Park; supplies and services in Newport.
Fees: Yes, for overnight and day use at state park; no, elsewhere on bay.
Additional Activities: Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Museum, charter boats for ocean fishing, whale watching, historic bayfront, beach. Nearby state parks: South Beach State Park, Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area, Agate Beach State Recreation Area.
For More Information:
North Coast Watershed District Newport Office – (541) 265-8306 ext. 236 or ext. 224
Newport Marina at South Beach – (541) 867-3321