Fishing Yachats and Central Oregon Coast
The Yachats area offers a multitude of ocean and freshwater fishing. For those willing to explore and experiment, Yachats has a fish for every season, including Chinook and coho salmon, winter steelhead, sea-run cutthroat trout, surf perch and rockfish.
While most of the charter business is located north of Yachats in the towns of Newport and Depoe Bay, Yachats fishing is a DIY endeavor that involves a bit less time and financial commitment. While it’s best to bring your own gear, several of the stores in town offer licenses as well as bait and tackle for the local conditions.
Gear, Tackle and Provisions
Yachats Mercantile: This great little shop is packed with sundries to outfit your time on the water. Grab snacks, drinks, and any last-minute pieces of gear that you might need to suit the local conditions. The helpful staff should be able to provide advice on tactics and productive fishing spots around the area.
Dublin Motel Fly Shop
One of the few fly fishing specific shops on the Central Oregon Coast, this lightly provisioned shop is worth a stop. Staff can recommend specific flies, tactics and locations.
Yachats Mercantile: The go-to shop in town sells licenses. Just remember to bring cash as they don’t take credit, debit or checks for license transactions.
The Fishing Report
Sea Run Cutthroat: Fishing is best July through November. Both spin and fly fishing tactics can be productive, as well as live bait setups. Target the mouth of the Yachats river. Use caution when wading or navigating the rocks and jetties.
Fall Chinook: Available from August to November with a limit of one per day. The Yachats river has productive return of these “king” salmon. Anglers typically negotiate the rocky areas, also known as the Yachats cliffs to target these returning fish that will gather in the tidewater outside the mouth of the Yachats river.
Winter Steelhead: One of the most widespread and prolific species of anadromous (sea going) fish, winter steelhead populations are spread up and down the Oregon Coast; the area around Yachats is no exception. The Yachats river offers catch and release opportunities for wild steelhead. South of Yachats, Ten Mile Creek, Cummings Creek and Big Creek all offer fair to good opportunities for catch and release fishing as well as catch and keep of hatchery strays that enter the system. Best fishing occurs from December into March.
Oregon has multiple species of surf perch available with a daily limit of up to 15 fish. These fish are found in tidewater around rocks and jetties and can be targeted with a variety of tactics. Fishing success can vary with the weather and time of day, but good opportunities exist year-round for catching surf perch around Yachats.