Bait & Tackle Shops

GI Joes 
All your fishing needs can be satisfied here. Locations throughout Oregon and Washington. 

Bob’s Merchandise 
“Family Owned Since 1947” Ph: 360-425-3870 fax 636-4334. 1111 Hudson, Longview, WA 98632. Sporting goods, fishing tackle, bait, hunting supplies and licenses. 

Simon & Peter’s Baits 
Wholesale baits, sea bass jigs and more! Depoe Bay, Oregon 

Dinty’s Market 
541-739-2236. (Open 24 hours) Located right on I-84 at Biggs Junction. 91571 Biggs Rufus Hwy. Wasco, OR. 97065. 
Bait, Tackle, Lures, Deli, Hot Coffee, Espresso, Fishing Licenses, Groceries. Close to Deschutes River steelhead and salmon fishing and some of the best Columbia River trophy walleye and bass fishing in the state. 

Tri T’s Services 
541-475-8800. Jim Turner owner. 390 SW Culver Hwy. Madras, OR. 97741. “Home of the Gibbs Minnow” One of the hottest lures ever for Kokanee Salmon. Also available – Atlantis Camera Systems 

Pier 30-Astoria 
503-325-2502 – Located in the old Bumble Bee/Hanthorne Cannery, Pier39-Astoria. Services include: Fisherman’s suite-vacation rental. Public fishing pier, small boat storage, boats under 30’. Bait and Tackle shop. Boat launching and storage services. Limited SCUBA services, Tank Air Filling Station. Planned Marina and Live-aboard Moorage. 

Kimmel’s Sporting Goods & Gifts 
Ph: 503-842-4281 or 842-2118 1812 First Street Tillamook, OR 97141. Bait, Tackle, Rods, Reels, Hunting Supplies, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, local information on Tillamook area waters including Tillamook Bay and the Trask, Wilson, Kilchis and Tillamook Rivers 

Jetty Fishery L.L.C. 
Ph: 503-368-5746. 27550 Hwy 101 North Rockaway Beach, OR 97136. “On the beautiful Nehalem Bay” Enjoy some of the best crabbing on the north coast form our 150-foot crabbing pier or rent a boat and crab the hot spots in Nehalem Bay. RV park – boat rentals – bait – fishing tackle – groceries – ice – fish & game licenses – moorage – gas & oil – seal watching trips – live crab and trap rentals available. 

The Guide Shop 
Ph: 503-842-3474. 12140 Wilson River Highway Tillamook, OR 97141. Fresh bait, latest fishing information for the Wilson, Trask and Kilchis rivers, recent catch photos. Fishing forum, Rogue rods, tackle, Chinook baking planks and more. Shuttle services for Tillamook area rivers. 

Garibaldo Marina & Store 
Ph: 503- 322-3312 Toll free: 1-800-383-3828. 302 Mooring Basin Road · Garibaldi, Oregon 97118. Located on Tillamook Bay. Providing boat rentals, quality herring and bait, clam shovels, crab trap rentals, film, ice and a wide selection of fishing tackle. 

Englund Marine Supply 
Ph: 541-265-9275. Foot of 15th St. Astoria, OR 97103. Marine accessories, bait, tackle, poles & reels, licenses, crab traps, floats, anchors, rope and much more. Information on the Columbia River Estuary, Youngs Bay salmon & sturgeon and crabbing. Also located in Newport at 800 SE Bay Blvd. 

Lure Me Tackle 
Ph: 503-762-1273, 2926 SE 136th Portland, OR 97236. Fishing Tackle, Rods, Reels and a whole lot more, all at working man prices. Full selection of Okuma rods & reels with some of the best prices around. Email: 

Fred’s Marina 
Phone: 503-286-5537, 12800 NW Marina Way. Portland, OR. 97231. Located near the head of the Multnomah Channel and providing boaters with a paved boat launch, snacks and drinks, docking, fueling and mooring facilities, quick and easy access to the Willamette River and fresh bait and tackle for fishing the channel and near by Willamette River for salmon, sturgeon, bass and catfish. 

Fisherman’s Marine 
Oregon City – 503-557-3313, Portland – 503-283-0044. Fishing and Hunting Supplies, Tackle, Bait, Licenses, Small Boats, Float Tubes, Waders and outdoor clothing. 

Estacada Tackle 
Ph: 503-630-7424, 121 SE Hwy. 224 Estacada, OR 97023. Bait Tackle Rods, Reels and Local Information for anglers fishing the upper Clackamas River, Harriet Lake, Faraday, Estacada and North Fork Reservoir. Estacada Tackle has an annual contest for largest steelhead caught from Clackamas River, stop by and enter your catch for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.. 2nd place winners receive a $25 gift certificate. Weekly winners each receive $5 certificates. Watch “The Local Fisherman News” for updates on the largest fish weighed to date. 

As Sea Lions Wreak Havoc, West Coast Fishermen have Few Options

The previously declining sea lion population has rebounded in recent years, engaging West Coast fishermen in a seemingly endless struggle for food.

Sea lions eat the catch out of fishermen’s nets, taking the opportunity for free, easy food whenever possible. However, the animals also significantly harm the net, which can be very expensive to replace. Hungry sea lions are also known to chase boats, forcing fishermen to spend extra money on fuel.

Small bombs are the current method for sea lion control, but before that, fishers used shotguns. Until the late 1950’s, Washington, Oregon, and California fishermen freely shot at sea lions attempting to steal their catch. When the species’ population plummeted in the 1960’s, conservationists stepped in. Then-president Richard Nixon signed into law he Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972, allowing the sea lion population to triple between then and 2008. The population growth has continued, and now, the resurgence is a huge nuisance for West Coast and Alaska fishers.

In addition to eating fishers’ daily catches, the sea lions have blocked people from mooring their boats. Earlier this summer, a pair of sea lions snatched a number of pet dogs from the piers. In Westport, WA, watchers have reported between 200 and 300 sea lions on the docks at a time. Astoria, Oregon, attracts far more.

Fishers have used non-lethal deterrents since the 1970’s, but seal bombs, regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, became a popular choice in the late 20th century. Research indicates these explosives are only somewhat effective in fending off the predators, and many are concerned the bombs pose a significant threat to other marine life.

As a result of the bombs’ relative ineffectiveness, fishermen are resorting to guns once again. A National Geographic report found that between 1998 and 2018, around 700 sea lions were found with gunshot or stab wounds. However, the penalty for killing a sea lion can be a year in prison and a fine of close to $30,000. Many think this is the last option for fishermen in the area.

Oregon and Washington See Best Albacore Fishing in Years

The pacific northwest saw some of the best albacore tuna catch of the decade this past year, a welcome change amidst climate uncertainty.  

Fishermen along the Washington and Oregon coasts reported some of the best albacore tuna fishing in years, along with some unusual sightings and bycatch. Earlier this summer, a fisherman reeled in a 92-pound bluefin tuna off the coast of Washington, destroying the previous record set in 2014 – by more than 50 pounds, no less.

The albacore are coming closer to shore than before, sometimes within 30 miles of the docks, resulting in a huge boon for recreational fishermen and guides. One local said he spotted tuna less than 15 miles from shore, an unprecedented distance considering albacore are often found between 40 and 80 miles offshore.

Many fishermen believe this is the result of warmer offshore water, which can dictate where the albacore travel. Many have also seen Pacific blue marlin and striped marlin off the Washington coast, which are more often caught in the warmer waters of the Baja California coast. Additionally, there have been increased landings of bluefin, big eye tuna, mako sharks, and mahi-mahi, all of which are more commonly caught in the South Pacific. The appearance of these warm-weather fish leads many to believe warming waters are the reason for the windfall.

As of late August, Oregon was on track to set a new seasonal record for recreational albacore landings, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said. Long-term local guides have said this is the best fishing they’ve seen in more than 20 years of working. There is no set daily limit for albacore in Washington, meaning fishermen are encouraged to catch as many as they’d like.