We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. Fishing is more than just a way to pass the time on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston…it’s deeply ingrained into our collective culture and history. For thousands of years, an abundance of freshwater lakes and rivers, along with the bay and ocean, has sustained the way of life for residents on Oregon’s Adventure Coast, dating back to the Coquille Indian Tribe and Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Siuslaw and Lower Umpqua Indians , long before the first European settlers ever arrived in the region. Centuries later, our area is still a prime destination for all sorts of fishing adventures - whether it’s from the shore, charter boat, jetty, dock, and even by kayak.
Whether you’re looking for a fishing adventure for the very first time or the 1000th time, we are here to help you plan. In this post, we’ve put together some of our fishing trip ideas to help you create a custom itinerary and help you plan your next adventure.
Trip Idea #1: Kayak Fishing On Oregon’s Adventure Coast
Kayak fishing in Oregon is enjoying a surge in popularity. Beginners and families can find a friendly learning curve with a slow troll for trout or casting for bass on one of Oregon’s scenic lakes.
Who’s it for: Beginner and experienced Kayak anglers.
Highlights: Kayak fishing off Sunset Bay State Park . Others follow salmon runs or sturgeon migrations along Oregon’s rivers (and some might experience the unique kayak fishing “sleigh” ride — hooking a fish so big that it actually drags your boat around). Many adept kayak anglers head offshore into the ocean in search of cabezon, lingcod and the highly prized halibut.
Trip Idea #2: Saltwater Fishing – Ocean & Bay
It is worth exploring the different types of fishing, from shore, charter boat, dock, and even kayak. Here are a few tips for your next fishing excursion.
Who’s it for: All skill levels.
Trip Idea #3: A Weekend of Fishing, Crabbing & Clamming on Oregon’s Adventure Coast
This is a great trip idea for anyone looking to explore the region and experience a wide range of fishing, crabbing and clamming options in Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston!
Who’s it For: Beginners & Families.
Trip Idea #4: Freshwater Fishing Options
This trip idea highlights lake, river and stream fishing on Oregon’s South Coast.
Who’s it for: All levels.
Highlights: Early summer and late fall salmon runs, Rainbow Trout, Brown Bullhead, Herring, Surfperch, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Yellow Perch, Warmouth, Searun Cutthroat Trout, and more.
Trip Idea #5: Winter Steelhead Fishing
Of the many outdoor recreational activities here on Oregon’s Adventure Coast, winter steelhead fishing is undoubtedly a favorite among sportsmen! Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston have incredible fishing options, so we asked a local expert where fishermen can find the best winter steelhead fishing.
Who’s it for: Beginners, Intermediate and Experienced Anglers
Highlights: Expert tips and recommendations from Gary Vonderohe, a Fish Biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife .
Unless it is a Free Fishing Weekend, a Fishing License (or shellfish license for clamming & crabbing) is required for those aged 12 years or older. Daily licenses are available. Most fishing charters, bait shops and sporting goods stores can supply these for you, but ask your Charter in advance to make sure! You can purchase a shellfish or fishing license locally in stores like Bi-Mart, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Fred Myer, the ODFW Office (licenses only) in Charleston and Walmart. Click here to see the fishing license requirement and/or information about a shellfish license.
Let’s help you plan your next fishing trip to Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston! Contact us to get even more tips, as well as the inside scoop, for finding the best local food and activities any time of the year, and visit our Adventure Page for more ideas and inspiration.