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How To Fish For Salmon Off Oregon’s North Coast

June marks the kickoff of what may be a red-hot season between Newport and Ilwaco, Wash.

By Andy Schneider, Northwest Sportsman contributor

“Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.”

This rhyming lore has been around for at least a couple millennia, serving seafarers in port and on the open ocean when they needed something that passed for a forecast. And while we may discount it in today’s modern world – what with all of our high-tech satellite imagery, anchored weather buoys, Doppler radar and suites of computer forecasting ensembles – there still is some truth to the saying.

I’m no meteorologist, but the nut is that it has to do with areas of high pressure being partly cloudy or cloud free, and in those clearer conditions, dust and other aerosols in the upper atmosphere scatter longer wavelengths (red light) more efficiently. A sailor watching a red sunset from the dock or their ship can infer that there is high pressure to the west, and since weather moves from west to east, the mariner can assume that high pressure will be moving towards them, providing some decent sailing – or in our case, fishing!

These days, local weathermen don’t seem to mention red skies very often in their forecasting, so it’s still up to anglers to verify that colorful evenings really will correlate with good ocean conditions. But next time you look out over a beautiful golden-red sunset, just keep in mind that there might be some good ocean conditions out there for you to pursue a not-so-elusive quarry: salmon.

While many outdoor enthusiasts flock to high mountain lakes for camping and trout fishing or shady tributaries looking for summer steelhead as soon as our Northwest weather turns nice, they are missing out on just as enjoyable conditions along small coastal towns, places where anglers and campers are welcomed with festivals, parades and all different sorts of different fests. What better time to bring family and friends down to the coast to enjoy good weather, fun activities and amazing fishing?

The sunsets can be pretty nice too.

In Oregon, ocean Chinook has been open since mid-March, and hatchery coho season begins June 13 from Washington’s Leadbetter Point to Oregon’s Cape Falcon and June 27 from Falcon to the Oregon-California border. With big fall forecasts expected to return to the Columbia and California rivers, salmon anglers should have plenty of time, opportunities and fish to pursue this summer.

The Pacific is a mighty big piece of water, and it can be very daunting to try and find a fish that can be migrating across thousands of square miles. But the ocean gives us some pretty big hints on where to start to look for our prey.

The first clue the Pacific provides are rip lines, changes in current, temperature, color, upwelling, depth or salinity of the ocean. A rip can be identified by a line of unsettled water, boils or eddies often filled with seaweed, grass and perhaps some tsunami debris. When these different conditions collide, they concentrate plankton and baitfish, and where there’s bait, there will be salmon.

Clue number two is birds. Birds feed on small baitfish, and where there’s bait – yep, you guessed it. Murres and puffins are usually the first on the scene, and they feed on the same anchovies, herring, candlefish and saury that coho and Chinook do. Feeding birds can be seen from a long way away, and when they are actively diving and foraging, it’s worth pulling up your gear and making a run to the feeding frenzy that is happening just below the surface.

Clue number three is temperature. Unlike our first two clues, it’s impossible to read from looking at the ocean, but fortunately there are satellites that take daily reading of nearshore waters. Terrafin, Rip Charts and NOAA all offer images of our coastal waters where you can locate salmon-friendly water temps. The fish tend to hang in waters from 52 to 54 degrees, which can be as close as the surf line to as far as 15 miles offshore. It pays to know how far you are going to have to run to start to pursue salmon.

Clue number four is daylight and visibility. While the Pacific doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with daylight, most salmon anglers know that the first-light bite is the best of the day. This holds especially true for ocean salmon, as the schools like to run shallow for the first few hours of the day before moving deeper as the sun rises. If there is a lot of water visibility, expect fish to move deeper quicker, and when vis is poor, expect fish to linger longer on the surface.

And finally, this is more of a tip than a clue, but one tool that tends to be underutilized regardless of what port you are fishing out of is the good ol’ GPS waypoint. While this is a no-brainer for bottomfish and halibut, it tends to be overlooked for ocean salmon. As vast and ever-changing as the Pacific is, specific locations can offer surprisingly consistent fishing year after year. Whether it’s a bottom contour that creates a small upwelling or a nearshore reef that traps baitfish in a whirlpool a half mile away, waypoints where you caught fish in years past will usually be productive for many more to come.

Fishing Oregon Coast Map

Every navigable port on the Oregon Coast offers good salmon fishing, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife catch data shows, so it’s really up to you to decide which you want to pursue your quarry out of. Most anglers pick ports closest to home, while some stay with those that they grew up fishing, and still others choose the one getting the most attention on the Internet. Each port has its own salty flavor that some anglers may love or dislike, but once you start calling one your home port, it’s time to learn the nuances of the bar, fishy reefs, common weather patterns, currents and where the fish can be found year after year.

Yaquina Bay is usually right in the middle of the action. Since early March Chinook have been pulling in close to the Central Coast on their journey to southern rivers like the Sacramento and Klamath. And through summer, more and more salmon will start their migration towards the Columbia and other northern tributaries.

Chinook anglers tend to target Stonewall Banks, a 12-mile run almost due west from the tips of the bay’s jetties. This 13-mile-long reef parallels the coast and is one of Oregon’s largest. Seal Rock, to the south of the bay, is another popular destination for king anglers.

Those after coho head northwest. The waters 2 to 3 miles due west of the famed Yaquina Head lighthouse are usually where silver slayers have the most success.


Depoe Bay is one of the most consistent producers of Chinook and coho all season long, and many times long runs aren’t needed to find schools of feeding salmon. Most anglers start in waters 30 to 40 fathoms deep directly north of Government Point.

There is no major structure like reefs out of Depoe Bay to hold salmon, but rips are usually plentiful and easy to find. If you have to travel more than 5 miles to locate signs of salmon, you probably have run too far out of Depoe.

Tillamook and Nehalem Bays both get healthy runs of Chinook and coho, and some of those fish can be found starting to stage in nearshore waters in early summer. But more than likely, coho you catch here are on their way north to the Columbia. The waters 20 to 30 fathoms deep directly west of Twin Rocks seems to be the most productive year after year.

The author’s son Ayden poses with a boat load of kings and coho put into the sled north of the mouth of the Columbia River last year. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

The author’s son Ayden poses with a boat load of kings and coho put into the sled north of the mouth of the Columbia River last year. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

If coho are scattered or being elusive, head north to the waters off of Manzanita and look for the plentiful rips and schools of baits.

Hammond/Ilwaco is one of the most popular destinations for targeting staging Chinook and coho, and for good reason. Over a million fish will be entering the Columbia River in the months to come, and many may already be feeding just off the mouth. The shallow waters directly in front of the condos on Long Beach have been producing amazing results the last five years, and don’t expect that to change this year. Coho and Chinook are caught in waters mostly shallower than 10 fathoms.

With productivity come crowds. Charter skippers and kayakers troll here, and the fishing can become quite busy and challenging to navigate. Good alternatives include around the CR Buoy and south to Seaside.

Ocean salmon is one of Oregon’s most enjoyable fisheries. Look for favorable weather and ocean conditions and make a long weekend trip with the family to one of the numerous campgrounds along the coast. Chances are that if you’re looking west at sunset and there’s a red tinge to the sky, your inner sailor will be grinning in delight. NS

Dockside Charters, Oregon’s Premier Fishing Charter Service

Go deep sea fishing with Oregon’s premier fishing charter – Dockside Charters in Depoe Bay.

Dockside Charters’ fleet features clean, comfortable fishing boats for your deep sea adventures.


Fishing on the Oregon Coast offers a great deal of variety. Dockside Charters trips are available year-round, with seasonal opportunities for lingcod and rockfish (bottomfishing), halibut, salmon and albacore tuna fishing.


We also offer Dungeness crabbing options with some deep sea fishing trips.

For more information on the types of fishing trips that are available, check our fishing season info page. For in-depth fishing information, check our Daily Fishing Report.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so look at the results of our fishing trips in the gallery.

And for Oregon Coast weather reports, visit

Located in Depoe Bay, on Highway 101 between Lincoln City and Newport, and with easy access to the fleet’s boats, Dockside Charters is a veteran-owned business that also offers daily (weather permitting) whale watching and sightseeing cruises.

Gift certificates are available for all services, and apparel can be purchased too.

Dockside’s office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more, write to PO Box 552, Depoe Bay, OR 97341; call (541) 765-2545 or (800) 733-8915; or check out


Nootka Island Lodge Offering New Guided/Self-guided Fishing Packages

Nootka Island Lodge, located in the bountiful bay on the west side of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, has announced a new set of guided/self-guided fishing packages for this season.


Here are the details from the lodge’s website:

4 People – 1 Self-Guided & 1 Guided Boat
$1129.00 per person
6 People – 2 Self-Guided & 1 Guided Boat $1129.00 per person
8 People – 2 Self-Guided & 2 Guided Boats $1129.00 per person
How it works? This package is for the fishermen who want to do it themselves. Your group can share the fishing between the guided and self guided boats. Our guides will dial you in to the areas hottest fishing locations, so if this is your first time to our lodge our new program will bring you up to speed on exactly where to fish right away and provide you with the proper fishing gear and what techniques work to catch fish. Remember you will be dividing your fishing time with our guides and time on your own, so you can make the determination on how to split up the combinations yourself. Just let us know at the start of each day what you would like to do and we will see that it gets done.

Many of our clients want to bait their own hooks, run the downriggers catch and net their own fish by themselves. This package also makes the trip more affordable for the budget minded guests. You also have the option to upgrade to a Deluxe package for an extra $250 PP, which enters you in our 2015 season Big Fish free trip derby, all the other Deluxe upgrade benefits, including vac packing your fish and enters you in our free trip drawings.

Please remember that this package is for experienced fishermen and experienced small craft boat operators with previous knowledge and expertise in both fishing and boat handling operation.

Book this amazing fishing package which is designed for group sizes of either 4, 6 or 8 anglers. This package includes 1 to 2 fully-guided boats and 1 to 2 self-guided boats for all 3 days. Each boat will host 2 anglers per boat each day, this means you have the option to rotate your group as you see fit, so everyone gets a chance at a guided fishing day while also enjoying the savings of self-guided pricing. We have priced this combination package to be more favorably priced than purchasing the packages separately.

Our self-guided boats are stable 15 1/2′ Sorenson boats with 50HP Yamaha four-stoke motors. Your trip includes all Fishing Gear, Cleaning and Boxing your catch, lodging, all meals, fishing (salmon fishing, halibut fishing, bottom fishing), boat, fuel, VHF, GPS sounder, all fishing tackle, foul weather wear, fishing bait and supplies.  Rates in US Dollars

For more details, see, call (604) 960-0461, email or write to PO Box 230, Gold River, BC, Canada, VOP 1G0.



Sunset Oceanfront Lodging, The Place To Stay When Visiting Scenic Bandon, Ore.

Sunset Motel, established by Herbert and Clara Brown with their son and daughter-in-law, Vern and Mabel Brown, has remained an independent, family-run business for four generations. The motel has grown from a modest pair of duplexes to a 70-unit complex.

Sunset History 1948

It all started with the Great Bandon Fire of 1936 which destroyed most of the town, including both Brown residences. After the fire, the Browns relocated to a parcel they acquired on the bluff above
Bandon Beach that boasted a spectacular view of the legendary Face Rock and several other sea stacks. Herbert Brown and his 1938 son Vern were experienced contractors who helped rebuild the town before erecting two small duplexes side by side on their new property. Herbert and Clara lived in one unit, Vern and Mabel lived in another, and the other two units were rented.

Sunset history 1938

After World War II, Vern connected the two buildings with a row of rooms, forming a U-shape with six apartments and eight rooms. The original incentive for building the U-shaped complex was to provide housing for teachers for the Bandon School District. As a member of the PTA, Mabel was aware of a need for affordable housing for teachers and convinced Vern to help out by building the additional rooms. So for the first years, the Browns rented rooms to teachers from September to June and then to travelers during the summer. After the teacher shortage resolved in the 1950’s, the rooms were renovated and became year round tourist accommodations.

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On April 14, 1960, a fire of unknown origin claimed two-thirds of the structure. For a while, only two apartments and four sleeping rooms remained. Undaunted, Vern Brown rebuilt and enlarged the motel to honor his wife’s memory, creating 12 more tourist accommodations (18 total with one apartment for his family). Vern believed in expanding the motel to allow better access to what he believed was the greatest view of the Pacific Ocean.

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To meet the rising demand of tourists who had discovered Bandon, Vern began construction on the Original Oceanfront, creating six more units with the help of his son-in-law, Harold “Butch” Longland, between 1969 and 1971.

In the mid-1980s, Vern’s daughter Judy and her husband Carl Densmore took over operations. Later that decade they constructed the Vern H. Brown Addition honoring Vern himself. Each of the 21 units in this three-story building west of the bluff has a private balcony with a spectacular ocean view.


In addition to the motel, they began managing rentals for several owners of small beachfront cottages. In the early 1990s, Judy and Carl sold an adjacent lot to the Iverson family, who built Lord Bennett’s Restaurant and Lounge.


Vern’s grandsons, Bryan and Jeffrey Longland, grew up helping their grandfather at the beach resort. After finishing college, they returned with their families to help manage the business and design the Ocean View Studios.

OOF Exterior

The motel’s name was changed to “Sunset Oceanfront Lodging” to acknowledge its beachfront location and the wide variety of tourist accommodations in this four block long complex.

Vern Brown Exterior 4-20-07

In 2000, the 18-unit Ocean View Studios opened. The two-story addition included spacious rooms with fireplaces, private patios or balconies, along with a spacious new lobby and indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. In 2002, Bryan and Jeffrey Longland, the fourth generation, took over operation of the motel.


Guests now enjoy free Wi-Fi in their rooms, a light continental breakfast, and beach access via three stairways on the property.

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But most of all, they enjoy the same stunning view of sea stacks carved by wind and waves, rising from a broad sandy beach that first inspired Vern Brown to share his home with travelers.

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New York’s Salmon River Offers ‘A Place For Every Fishing Taste’


When it comes to world-class fisheries, you’d be hard pressed to find one that isn’t chopped up into special-interest sections. Oswego County’s Salmon River is a pioneer in this process, offering a place for every fishing taste.

Its most famous section is at its headwaters a short distance from the Lower Reservoir’s dam. Restricted to fly-fishing, catch-and-release only, this mystique is more than purist anglers can resist.



But there’s more to the place than just image. The main river runs just above and below the mouth of Beaverdam Brook, the recipient of the Salmon River hatchery’s tailrace and off-limits to angling. Hence, the special area’s two sections allow angling as close to the hatchery as is legally permitted.

Split into upper and lower stretches, these special areas run less than a mile combined. But their close proximity to the dam draws and holds the river’s greatest number of Lake Ontario’s migrating salmonids: brown trout, king and coho salmon in the fall, and steelhead year-round.  Indeed, autumn sees so many salmon milling around above the Altmar bridge, anglers joke they raise the water level a couple feet or more.

Some make it into the relative safety of Beaverdam Brook, climb the ladder and enter the hatchery. Those that remain in the river are fair game for fly-fishermen, considered the gentlest, most patient segment of the fishing fraternity.

Self-professed purists, fly-fishers use lures made of feathers, tinsel, maybe a little yarn for body, all held together on a single hook by thread. Unlike lures in your average tackle box, these delicate creations are practically weightless, requiring long rods and heavy lines to propel them to the target. Anglers need lots of room to whip the line through the air, slowly playing it out, generating enough force to go the distance. The technique requires good timing and coordination; and when done properly, looks like a dance where man, physical forces and the fly are in perfect motion.

The tackle is of the most elementary design, modern improvements notwithstanding. What’s more, the heavy main line doesn’t help with fighting the fish. You see, it’s too thick to thread through the fly’s eye, and makes too much noise when it hits the water. So a monofilament leader at least 8 feet long, averaging 10-pound-test, is used as a remedy. What you gain in stealth, you lose in strength, however. When hooked, a large salmon or trout does everything in the book to break free, including hiding behind boulders, diving into root balls, undercut banks and sunken timber, even going over waterfalls. It’s enough to make the leader feel about as useful as sewing thread.

Fly-fishing’s poetic moves and unique challenges have hooked the imaginations of the uninitiated, convincing them it’s highly specialized and difficult to master. Anglers ranging from bank fishermen to deep water trollers admire its choreography. So when fly-fishers asked for a special section–complete with environmentally-friendly stairs down a steep cliff and improved banks for solid footing–everyone went along.

Altmar marks the start of the special zone. The lower area runs from the County Route 52 bridge upstream for 0.25 mile to the marker just below the mouth of Beaverdam Brook. The upper section runs from a marked boundary above the hatchery upstream for 0.6 mile to the marked boundary at the lower reservoir’s tailrace.

The special sections have their own seasons, too, apparently to allow salmonids, primarily steelhead and brown trout to spawn naturally without harassment. The lower section is open from September 15 through May 15; and the upper section is open from April 1 to November 30.

For Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information, go to, or call 1-800-248-4FUN.

The Cedars Lodge Offers The Best Of Southeast Alaska

Located on Ketchikan’s historic waterfront, The Cedars Lodge offers the best that Southeast Alaska has to offer: luxury accommodations, seasoned guides, top-of-the-line processing equipment to ensure the highest quality for your catch, and exceptional customer service.

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The Cedars Lodge seeks out Ketchikan’s finest independent guides and puts them to work for you! Saltwater trips routinely target multiple salmon species, halibut and bottom fish each day.

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Our freshwater fishing excursions will take you to remote local lakes and rivers, some of which are only fished a few times each year, providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Combination guided saltwater fishing and guided freshwater flyouts are also available for the ultimate Alaskan fishing vacation.


Choose from deluxe waterfront suites, a mountain view studio with in-room Jacuzzi tub or one of our elegantly appointed standard rooms. All rooms have cable television, telephone, large private bathrooms and plenty of sitting space.

Cedars Lodge

One trip to The Cedars Lodge and we’re sure you’ll be anxious to come back and visit us again!

For more information, see

Sweet Deals On Two Most ‘Overlooked’ Weeks At Katmai Lodge

Fly fishing season is upon us. Presently we are very busy loading up supplies and making sure Katmai Lodge is ready to open in June. We are very excited to begin this season with you.


Katmai Lodge would like to offer you a ONE-TIME SPECIAL PRICE of $5,000 for a SEVEN-NIGHT STAY on two of the most overlooked weeks of the year.

This week was last year’s BEST for king and sockeye fishing as well as great trout and grayling. With the mild winter and early spring, the Alagnak River should be in prime shape for another early arrival of kings en masse.



Coupled with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wanting to get sockeye escapement into the river, this is the most consistent week for non-stop numbers. It’s also a perfect time for trout and grayling on mice and other dry flies.

Always wanted to learn to fly fish? Catch that king salmon on the fly? This week of transition is the time 90 percent of our king run is already here and the chum salmon run is at its peak. With the onset of the pink salmon run and shots at silvers, the river will be boiling with fish (only sockeye are unavailable at this time) – and it is all here waiting for you, all at a time without pressure on the river though not for a lack of great fishing!



Katmai Lodge offers personalized fishing adventures for groups of all sizes and experience levels. Accessed through its private airstrip with its own amphibious equipped de Havilland Turbine Otter, the main lodge rests atop a bluff overlooking the Alagnak River, offering hundreds of miles of fishing in Alaska’s only designated Trophy Fishing Area.



Already one of the great fishing ecosystems in Alaska, fishing on the Alagnak continues to improve. The pristine river is uniquely home to all five Pacific salmon species along with native stream fish such as rainbow trout, Arctic grayling and Dolly Varden/char, with four or five salmon species spawning within 2 miles below and 45 miles above the lodge.



The region is also home to a diverse array of wildlife, which provides amazing photo opportunities.

An experienced guide staff personalizes each guest experience, making use of the lodge’s 40 boats to explore the full range of the Alagnak. Our river-based lodge is only 10 minutes away from tidewater. Its diverse fleet of both jet and prop boats allows for both sea-fresh salmon and rainbow trout fishing, while the lodge’s floatplane enables easy access to Katmai National Park for viewing the renowned Brooks Falls brown bears and for fishing the area’s many blue-ribbon trout streams.

When off the water, anglers are encouraged to enjoy the unrivaled amenities of Katmai Lodge, which boasts more square footage per guest than any other lodge in Alaska. World-class chefs prepare hearty breakfasts and gourmet dinners in the central dining room.



The main lodge includes a fully stocked fly-tying area complete with expert instruction, central gathering place, a clothing and gift shop as well as Internet access. Adjacent guest cabins welcome anglers to rest and relax, offering the privacy of individual common areas.

The high season for Alaskan salmon fishing at Katmai Lodge runs from late June through September, with trout season opening June 8th. For reservations or to inquire about group packages, anglers should visit the newly launched website at or call 1 (800) 330-0326 for more information.



Tap Into The Bounty Of Yakutat, AK, With Leonard’s Landing Lodge

Leonard’s Landing Lodge in Yakutat, Alaska is known for waterfront cabins with kitchens. Lodging is available for individuals, families or groups. The lodge offers access to salt water charters, guided river fishing, and plenty of opportunity for the do-it-yourselfer to fish or explore the beauty of Yakutat, Alaska.


Also offered-fish processing, boat rentals to include drift boats, ocean skiffs, and kayaks, plus gift & tackle shop. Leonard’s has its own private dock on the salt water from which your charter or rental boating adventure can begin.


Fish the bay for halibut (2 fish per day any size), king salmon, silver salmon, and other bottom fish or take a cruise to the Hubbard Glacier-the largest tidewater glacier in North America! Target trophy steelhead in the world-renowned Situk River, the best eating sockeye salmon, or cohos in all the area rivers! Explore the sandy beaches, kayak the protected waters, hike the extensive trails, or surf the “Far North Shore”! Yakutat, Alaska, off the Gulf of Alaska, is the best destination in the great state!

Check us out at Call Annette at 509-895-3197 or email us at

Sunset Oceanfront Lodging, Close To Bandon’s Best And Right Off The Beach


Family owned and operated since the 1930s, Sunset Oceanfront Lodging is beautifully situated on a bluff overlooking Bandon Beach and its iconic sea stacks.  Brothers Bryan and Jeff Longland are the fourth generation to manage this sprawling 70-unit complex that includes four motel buildings and beach cottages with a variety of accommodations (large and small, rustic and modern), an indoor pool and hot tub, and free Wi-Fi.  Some rooms have kitchens and/or fireplaces and some are pet-friendly.

Wake to the sound of waves crashing into the sea stacks and a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean from almost every room.  The motel has stairway access to a wide, sandy beach, great for strolling, beachcombing, clamming and photography.


Bandon, Oregon is known for its golf (7 courses), cheese (Face Rock Creamery), and quaint Old Town district with shops, galleries and restaurants.  But it’s also popular for sportfishing, bird watching and hunting.

Sunset Oceanfront Lodging is only a mile and a half from Old Town’s popular crab dock and full marina with year round boat ramp and river fishing or deep sea sportfishing.  Duck and goose hunting is also popular at nearby Bandon Marsh.

Visit Sunset Oceanfront Lodging at 1865 Beach Loop Drive, Bandon, Oregon, on the web at or call 1-800-842-2407.



Sweet Vacation Getaway In Bandon Features Four Homes, Endless Beach, Fishing

Bandon Beach Vacation Rentals are located on Beach Loop Rd. in beautiful Bandon.

We feature four complete vacation homes at one location to choose from, you can rent one or you can rent them all.


We have the perfect setting for family reunions, large groups, business meetings or retreats. Sleep 1 to 31.

There is over an acre of land so kids can run around and have a great time. We also have tether ball, horseshoes, and badminton.

If you are towing a boat we have plenty of room for you and the boat.

Across the street is the Bandon State Park known as Devil’s Kitchen wayside and has the most beautiful endless beaches.

We also have some very impressive rock formations and at low tide in the tide pools you will find lots of aquatic creatures.


Our guests enjoy agate hunting, walking the beaches, whale watching and more.

Bandon Beach Vacation Rentals is great for a weekend getaway, to go storm watching or just to take a short break in your week.

“Bandon Beach Vacation Rentals is a great family place to stay while in scenic Bandon”

But now let’s talk fishing! We have some of the best fishing and crabbing in the country right here in Bandon and in the nearby rivers.

The Chinook (Kings) and Coho (Silvers) Salmon run up the Coquille River starting in late August and usually continue their run through September.

Trolling in the Coquille River for Kings I like to troll a green or blue label herring, plug cut, behind a flasher with a 3oz to 5oz cannon ball.



Once this dies down and the rain kicks in we have great fishing on the Elk River and the Sixes River form the bank or drift boat fishing.

I grew up fishing but never fished for salmon until I moved to Bandon.

If a guests reserves a week or more I will take them crabbing or salmon fishing weather and work schedule permitting,(July thru September). Requests to do this must be made when the reservation is made.

We also have excellent charter boats and guide services in Bandon.



Bandon Beach Vacation Rentals is the only vacation rental in Bandon you will find in the AAA travel book and if we don’t have enough rentals for your group, we manage a dozen others around Bandon.

You can contact us at 541-347-4801.

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