Re: Bottom fishing in Yaquina Bay?
I have a 16' driftboat I take out in Yaquina Bay for crab and bottom fish fairly regularly. I really like to tie up to either the old pilings around the north foot of the bridge, or the foot of the bridge itself (the south-facing side of the north foot....if that makes any sense at all...). If you get close enough, you can see there is a little 'alcove' where a boat under 20 feet can slide right into. There's an old rusted ladder which I clip onto so I don't float away. It's a good idea to bring bumpers unless you don't care about barnacles scratching your boat. I like to use a three-hook setup with sandshrimp and about 2-3 ounces of weight. Cast as far as you can toward the pilings and let your bait sit. I catch greenling, several species of perch and rockfish, and I have heard of some of my friends hooking lingcod while reeling in smaller bottom fish. The best fishing always seems to be around the slack tides.
One of my other friends really likes to fish by the jetty that protects the fishing fleets port docks. He catches lots of black rockfish there.
I am at peace on the banks of the Siletz river
Last edited by sparkleboy; 12-08-2006 at 08:39 AM.