Gearhart Ocean Inn is ideally situated for fishermen – both saltwater and fresh water.

There are too many opportunities to fully describe here, however below you will find some basic information that will be helpful.

Saltwater: beaches, rocks, bays, jetties, open ocean

All the sandy beaches in the area are excellent for surf casting primarily for Surf Perch. Rocky areas often have Perch, Geenling and Rock Fish. The Cove in Seaside has a rocky bottom and is good, as are the large rocks around Cannon Beach. Nehalem Bay, approximately 25 miles south of Gearhart has a jetty for bottom fishing. You can go crabbing from rental boats in Wheeler. You can catch Salmon and Sea-run Cutthroat Trout from the ocean in the Nehalem River and its’ tributaries. The south jetty of the Columbia River in Fort Stevens State Park runs for miles into the ocean and people fish on it for everything including salmon. Numerous commercial salmon ocean charters are based in Warrenton, Hammond and Astoria.

Freshwater: lakes and streams

The Clatsop Plains area, just north of Gearhart, has numerous small lakes for warm-water species, mostly Bass and Pan Fish. The largest of these are Cullaby, Sunset, Smith and Coffenbury in Fort Stevens State Park. The major nearby stream is the Necanicum River, with good runs of winter Steelhead, Sea-run Cutthroat Trout and Chinook and Silver Salmon. The river can be fished from the Junction of Hwys. 26 & 53 (13 miles East of Seaside) all the way to its mouth near Seaside High School. Many fish are caught from the various bridges in Seaside. The other major river system in the area is the Nehalem, North Fork and the semi-wilderness tributary, the Salmonberry River, which is accessed via hiking a railroad track into a valley. Nehalem River area is accessible approximately 20 miles south or 20 miles east of the Junction of Hwys. 101 and 26.

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