There are a variety of fish that live inside the bay including spotted bass, sand bass, white seabass, halibut, yellowfin croaker, jacksmelt, small sharks and rays, and the ever so popular "mud-marlin" - giant bat rays exceeding 150 pounds! Sometimes there are also a few mackerel, bonito, and juvenile barracuda just outside the mouth of the harbor, primarily on the "Wedge" side.
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Note: With the exception of the white seabass, all fish inside the harbor are wild, native fish and there is no stocking program. Catch and Release fishing is strongly recommended and greatly appreciated to insure our fishing future.
Comments and Tips:
For bass, try the 76 dock and adjoining Balboa ferry dock early mornings when there is no boat traffic. A good halibut spot is under and on either side of the PCH bridge. - Jeff
Posted by Jerry on May 19, 2000 at 00:38:12:
All you need to bring are three rods in 6 1/2 to 8 foot all with 6 pound and 8 pound test. The wedge area and the coast guard area are generally very productive for bass and halibut. The bay has tons of legals and the fishing has been very good in the past weeks. I usually set a rod out on clicker with bait and throw plastics with another rod. Smaller fish traps and aa curly tail grubs kill the bass and halibut. The area right in front of the pavilion is ok as well. Just set drift and fish hard. Tight lines
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Posted by fongster on May 19, 2000 at 17:05:38:
Richard, I like 6# test on a 6 to 6-6 fast action graphite for tossing plastics. Try 3 inch bighammers or worm kings on 1/4 oz heads. 3" kalins grubs are great too. Please release your spotted bay bass as they are in an enclosed fishery and have been pressured too much over the years. You can catch a gob of them because the guys in the know always release theirs.
re:fishing in Newport
Posted by Jerry on May 29, 2000 at 11:58:24:
I have fished Newport for a long time now and some of the best action that I have had has been towards the end of the wedge area. The mouth is very productive, and two years ago in July I was fishing with two buddies of mine when we caught yellowtail!!! Yes, yellows in the 10-15 pounds range. We have our pictures on the board at Daveys. The mouth has been very productive for bass and halibut. good luck
Title=float tube Newport Bay?
Message=I've been introduced to float-tubing Newport Bay. What's it like in the winter. I'm using plastic grubs. What type of lure is best? What about the tides? Looking for any helpful hints.
FNN member Fishbones with a nice bat ray caught from Newport Bay 10/09.
FNN Angler Dorado13 with a legal halibut caught while float-tubing in Newport Bay.
A 12-pound salmon caught off Newport Jetty - 9/04
A healthy spotted bass from Newport Bay.