Kayak fishing is more popular than ever on Oregon’s South Coast, and with the 10th Annual Sunset Bay Angler Of The Day Kayak Fishing Challenge coming up August 24th, we thought this would the perfect time to share some answers to commonly asked questions about kayak fishing on Oregon’s Adventure Coast.
What’s so special about kayak fishing, you may ask? Many people will say that they are drawn to this growing watersport for the purpose of ease and simplicity. You are not required to buy or rent expensive equipment and the sport is accessible to anglers of all skill levels. “Most fishing kayaks will float in 6” of water while holding up to 350 pounds of cargo,” writes Jerry White in Why Fish From a Kayak. “Not only does that make it easier to get on the water, but usually these places aren’t accessible to conventional boats, either by law (designated as a “No Motor Zone”) or by nature itself. .
In addition to being more accessible, kayak fishing offers serenity and unsurpassed views of natural habitats and scenery that can only be found deep in the lakes, rivers and open water along the Pacific coastline.
Where Can I Rent Kayaks and Fishing Gear? Unless you’re BYOY (bring your own yak) you’ll need to rent one from one of our local businesses.
An Oregon fishing license is required for those age 12 years or older. Daily licenses are available. Most fishing charters, bait shops and sporting goods stores can supply these for you. Check out our fishing license requirement page for where to buy a licenses and bait. You can also find a list of local businesses that can help by clicking here.
Where are the best places in our area to do kayak fishing?
When is the best time to go? Depending on the weather forecast, anglers of all skill levels can easily access the lakes and rivers and ocean waters (via Sunset Bay State Park) on Oregon’s South Coast any time of the year. When you go also depends on what species of fish you’re after. Download our Fishing Information Rack Card here (PDF). We strongly recommend checking current fishing conditions and requirements by going to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website. Visitors will also find excellent tips and recommendations by calling local businesses like Basin Tackle Shop and Bite’s On Bait & Tackle. Here’s a list of other recommended businesses that can offer helpful tips, equipment and gear.
It’s no surprise that the abundance of calm lakes, rivers and beaches on Oregon’s South Coast make this area a prime destination for kayak fishing. If you need help finding a place to stay or have additional questions about our area, please feel free to stop by or contact the Coos Bay- North Bend VIsitor & Convention Bureau at (541) 269-0215 or email us at [email protected]
Additional Reading for Kayak Fishing
https://oregonsadventurecoast.com/blog/2017-03-30-what-to-pack-on-your-oregon-coast-fishing-trip/ https://www.theadventurejunkies.com/kayak-fishing-tips/ https://anglr.com/kayak-fishing-tips/ https://oregonsadventurecoast.com/fishing/ http://www.mitchellfishing.com/Mitchell-education-kayak-fishing-tips.html https://bendingbranches.com/blog/my-top-kayak-fishing-tips-beginners https://oregonsadventurecoast.com/blog/2018-05-18-featured-adventure-take-a-kayak-tour-on-oregons-south-coast/