The coastal town of Pacific City has a long history of fishing, both for commercial purposes and personal enjoyment. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an avid fisherman, Pacific City fishing (especially ocean fishing) is sure to be a rewarding experience!
Pacific City is known for its dory boats, which have over 100 years of history. Dory boats are the flat, beach-landing boats that have been used by local fishermen for decades. These sturdy boats are open hulled and flat bottomed so that they can be launched right from the beach. They are pushed or rowed into the surf until the boat is in deep enough water to drop the outboard motor. Dory boats are the chosen mode of transportation for ocean fishing in Pacific City, and you’ll often see them fishing in the waters off of Cape Kiwanda when ocean conditions allow. Experience fishing like a local from Pacific City’s dory boat fleet!
Unless you own your own dory boat, you’ll need to charter one to fish in the ocean. It’s a thrilling experience to see or experience these flat-bottomed boats launch and land off the beach at Cape Kiwanda. Fish for salmon or bottom fish or catch some crab. Or if you don’t fish, you can take a sight-seeing trip around the rock and north to Cape Lookout. Local dory boat captains will take good care of you and even clean and package your catch of the day.
Consider booking a Pacific City fishing charter with one of these outfitters during your stay in Pacific City!
+ Haystack Fishing: Founded in 1997, this is the longest running boat charter business in Pacific City. Captain Joe Hay will take good care of you. They offer fishing outings for groups of 2-6 and include all the gear you’ll need, including an experienced guide, fishing gear, bait, cleaning, filleting, vacuum seal, and ice for your fresh catch. Contact them for more information at 503.679.9028
+ Pacific City Fishing: Fish from a 22-foot dory boat with Captain Mark Lytle at the helm. Off the beautiful Cape Kiwanda, you’ll catch species of Bottom Fish as well as Ling Cod, Dungeness Crab, and Salmon. Most trips are 4-6 hours in length. Book your fishing charter at 503.351.9019
+ Eagle Charters Dory Fishing: Set out just before daylight from the beach right in the surf on this dory fishing expedition. 4-6 hours of rewarding deep sea fishing will begin soon after launching with experienced Captain Dan Rocha at the helm. After your day out on the water, your fish will be cleaned and filleted, and crabs will be cooked before you head back to your Pacific City vacation rental! Eagle Charters can be contacted at 503.737.8466.
Fishing along the Pacific City Coast is a great activity for experiencing the Pacific Northwest’s outdoor lifestyle. Whether you’re a beginner or avid angler, ocean Pacific City fishing offers exciting possibilities!
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Pacific City is also a great location for river fishing along the Nestucca River, clamming, and crabbing. Aside from fishing, other popular ways of enjoying the outdoors in Pacific City include surfing, kayaking, hiking, and biking.
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