Dory fishing in Pacific City has a long tradition and is a unique Oregon experience. Despite the adventure of launching and landing right off the beach, Pacific City is statistically the safest "port" in Oregon. It is not without adventure though and all passengers must be in good physical health. Maximum group size is 6.
Some days it is as calm as a lake, other days there is a little surf to get through.
Pacific City Dory Fishing
Most commonly we fish for Rockfish, Lingcod, and Crab. The fishing grounds for these species is very close and usually within 10 minutes of launching we're catching fish.
We find rockfish in huge schools and use ultra light spinning gear to target them. The limit is 5 Rockfish per person. There are many varieties of Rockfish, Black Rockfish being the most common.
Lingcod live in Rocky structure and like to ambush their prey. They can pull pretty hard . The limit is 2 Lingcod per person, with a minimum length of 22". Some Lingcod are blue or green in color including their meat. People say they like the taste better but it all cooks up white, flaky and delicious.
I leave crab pots out soaking all summer long. After fishing all we have to do is pull up the pots , remove the crab, rebait and drop the pots back in the water. Big clean crab are abundant in the area. The limit is 12 crab per person.
Part of the fun is not knowing what you may reel in next. There are some beautiful fish down there. We see whales often, an an array of bird species. Occasionally we see porpoises, sunfish, otters, and always breathtaking scenery.
We then head in through the surf, slide up the beach, and get the boat on the trailer.
Then it's a short 1 mile drive to my house in Pacific City. There I will fillet and bag the fish, and clean and cook the crab. If you are staying at the house I can vacuum pack and freeze your fish for a fee.