Laird Lake – This small isolated lake, on the way to Powers, has been stocked with trout in the past. Wily and hard to catch, only experienced fishers need make the trip up the Elk River. Four-wheel drive vehicles recommended.
The Pacific Ocean – In a kayak, canoe, or rowboat, you can catch bottom fish, including lingcod, kelp greenling, red snapper, cabezon (a rockfish), and black snapper just waiting to snap up your bait around Nelly’s Cove. Or charter a boat at the dock for bigger fish. There are more than fifty species of fish in the deep waters off shore.
Port Orford Dock – Fish off the Port Orford dock or the jetty for smelt, sardine, herring, bottom fish, snappers, lingcod, halibut, and perch to name a few. Plus beach fish on the Dock Beach.
Shoreline fishing – Pinkfin perch and serfperch can be caught from any beach in the area.
You can find Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations handbooks at McNair’s True Value Hardware in town, where licenses, bait, tackle and fishing supplies are also sold. The Dock Tackle Shop also sells 1-day licenses and fishing supplies. For additional fishing information, seasons, regulations, restrictions, visit the Oregon Fish and Wildlife website or call 503.872.5263.
And, for information about guided ocean and river fishing, visit Five-Star Charters website or call 888.301.6480.
(You will need to make these arrangements yourself since there are so many options involved.)
To find out when fish are in season, and the appropriate regulations regarding their catch, download Oregon State official fishing guides:
2013 Oregon Sport Fishing SW Zone
2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Marine Zone
More info & photos at EnjoyPortOrford.com