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Newport Halibut Fishing

5 happy guys posing in front of their 5 halibut in Newport

Have you ever been to the Rock Pile or Chicken Ranch? If you have, you’ve experienced Newport halibut fishing. If you haven’t, you’re missing out on some of the best halibut fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Newport is located on the central Oregon Coast, with easy access from the marina to the Pacific Ocean. Once we hit the salt water, it’s a pretty quick trip out to the halibut fishing grounds. Some days we have to go a bit further to find the fish, but our goal is to always give you the best fishing experience we can, and filling the ice box with 20-40 lb halibut makes the extra distance worth it. 

Newport isn’t just known for its halibut fishing. These late spring and early summer fishing trips are often combo trips, with opportunities to add salmon, lingcod, rockfish and/or crab to the haul. You even might have some guests while you’re fishing. Pods of orca whales and dolphins frequent the ocean and bay in Newport and you might be lucky enough to have some surface near the boat, making your day on the water even more memorable.

Newport Halibut Season

Like other ocean fisheries, the halibut season is based on forecasts and quotas, with the season normally taking place in May and June. Newport is the place to be for halibut fishing, not only for its quick ocean access but also because the season is often open 7 days per week which means we can get in on a lot of action during the short season. Spring ocean salmon retention is often allowed during the same season, which just adds to all of the adventure.

2024 Newport Halibut Season

Halibut retention will be allowed 7 days a week out of Newport beginning on May 1st. The nearshore fishery is open through October 31st, or until the quota is met. The all-depth fishery is open through June 30th, 2024. If its quota hasn’t been met, the fishery will open August 1-3. Then it will be open every other Thursday through Saturday until October 31, or the quota is caught.

Let us know if you would like to target some halibut. As always, we’re happy to answer any and all questions. Simply fill out our questions and reservations form or give us a call.