There are many places to enjoy Oregon Jetty Fishing all up and down the Pacific Coast line of the state. These man made outcroppings attract many species of fish year round and are enjoyed by man an adventurous fisherman.
One of the exciting things about Oregon Jetty Fishing is that you really don’t know what you might catch. One cast you may bring in a 3 pound Surfperch and the next you maybe fighting a 25 pound Lingcod. Some of the species you may hook into are:
- Greenling (sea trout)
- Rockfish (sea bass)
Since the fisherman never knows what they may hook into they need to be prepared for anything. As for equipment a spinning outfit that could be used for fish as large as salmon are the best. It is suggested to use colored line so you can keep track of it easily, unlike freshwater fish, the fish you catch from a Jetty don’t seem to be scared away by the color. 15 - 30 pound line is suggested.
As for tackle, bring a lot of it. You are fishing up against the rocks and the fish tend to head into the rocks when hooked. Your line will wear as it comes in contact with them and it tends to break.
Bait, spinners and plastics are common types of lures to use. Plastics seem to be the most forgiving as you are jigging and retrieving them constantly. Make sure you are ready for a strike at any time, even when the lure gets close to your feet. When using plastics and spinners the strike tends to be very aggressive, so be ready.
There are numerous Jetties and rock outcroppings that you can fish along the Oregon coast. Some of the most popular are:
- North Jetty at Barview (Tillamook Bay)
- Newport’s South Jetty
- South JEtsy at Brookings
- Nehalem Bay (north of Rockaway Beach)
- Winchester Bay (Reedsport)
- Siuslaw River (Florence)
- Coos Bay (located in Charleston)
- Port Orford
- Gold Beach
Fishfield.com is a great place to find all the gear and tackle you will need when fishing the Jetties. Some of the things you need to have on you are:
- Rod & Reel (some fishermen take 2)
- Plenty of Tackle
- Long Handled Net
- Bucket for Bait and or Catch Bag
- Fillet Knife
- Water Proof Boats - it can get wet
- Rain Gear
- Hand Towel
- Fishing License
- Cell Phone - Emergency Use
Like any type of fishing you will need to experiment on a consistent basis to determine what the fish are feeding on or are attracted to. In fact, you may have to change up your presentation 3 or 4 times in the day.
When Jetty fishing the first and foremost thing you should be concerned about is your safety. The rocks can be slick, the waves may grow in size and regularity along with other dangers. In most costs you are 30+ minutes or more from any rescue efforts so diligence is important.
Jetty fishing is a lot of fun and it can be very productive. Watch the weather and plan a trip to one of Oregons Jettys, you will be glad you did.