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Newport Beach Fishing

Newport Beach Fishing

During the Pleistocene period, a stream carved a canyon at Upper Bay of Newport. Sand brought by ocean currents helped create Lower Bay of Newport and Balboa Peninsula. The Tongva people lived in the area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived in the 1800s. At the time, surveyors warned against sailing through the upper and lower bay areas, but Captain Samuel S. Dunnells successfully steered a 105-ton steamer through the waters in 1870. They set up a port there and called it Newport.

McFadden Wharf was constructed in 1888 but was removed in 1928 because it was damaged by a storm. Newport Municipal Pier was built in its place in 1940. The pier is 1,032 feet long and is registered as a California Historical Landmark. Balboa Pier is another pier in Newport Beach that was built in 1906. With the many rocks and ledges, natural and artificial reefs, piers, and shipwrecks in the area, Newport Beach attracts a wide variety of fish, making it a top destination for fishing in California.

Bottom fishing around Newport Beach can produce Bocaccio, Cabezon, California Sheepshead, Flounder/Sole, and Lingcod are popular targets much of the year. There are also many different bass you can catch such as Kelp Bass, Giant Sea Bass, and White Seabass. Yellowtail Amberjack and Queenfish are popular targets for those looking for a powerful tug on the end of the line.

Nearshore and offshore fishing around Newport Beach for tuna is great many months of the year. Albacore, Bluefin, and Yellowfin Tuna are the most common. A record 361-pound tuna was caught in the offshore waters. There is also a good billfishing with catches of Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin and Swordfish each year.



Top Newport Beach Fishing Spots

  1. 14-MILE-BANK
    1/13/2018 10:28:01 PM - 14 Mile Bank, also known as Lasuen Bank,  is a popular area to troll for tuna, including Bonito and Bluefin Tuna. It is also a good spot to catch Yellowtails. Opah


  2. Veeh Reservoir
    4/14/2011 12:09:02 AM - Veeh Reservoir


  3. Lasuen Knoll
    9/23/2014 10:24:10 PM -  Lasuen Knoll 


  4. Bolsa Chica Reef 4
    4/18/2015 11:35:16 PM - Bolsa Chica Reef 4 Orange, California


  5. Walnut Canyon Reservoir
    4/14/2011 12:09:02 AM - Walnut Canyon Reservoir


  6. Horseshoe Kelp Beds
    11/13/2018 10:30:10 AM -


  7. New Saturnia
    5/3/2013 9:09:38 PM -


  8. San Pedro Escarpment
    4/26/2017 1:09:53 AM -


  9. #603 Sand Canyon Reservoir
    4/14/2011 12:09:00 AM - #603 Sand Canyon Reservoir 33.646492000 -117.796867000


  10. Stranger
    5/3/2013 9:10:48 PM -



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Newport Beach Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Newport Beach, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. California Sheephead

  2. California Sheephead

    There is a 29.78% catch rate for California Sheephead, based on 123 California Sheephead counted.

    Newport Beach California Sheephead Counts Chart
    California

    ENLARGE NEWPORT BEACH CALIFORNIA SHEEPHEAD COUNTS CHART


  3. Kelp Bass

  4. Kelp Bass

    There is a 26.15% catch rate for Kelp Bass, based on 108 Kelp Bass counted.

    Newport Beach Kelp Bass Counts Chart
    Kelp

    ENLARGE NEWPORT BEACH KELP BASS COUNTS CHART


  5. Giant Sea Bass

  6. Giant Sea Bass

    There is a 12.35% catch rate for Giant Sea Bass, based on 51 Giant Sea Bass counted.

    Newport Beach Giant Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Giant

    ENLARGE NEWPORT BEACH GIANT SEA BASS COUNTS CHART


  7. Queenfish

  8. Queenfish

    There is a 11.14% catch rate for Queenfish, based on 46 Queenfish counted.

    Newport Beach Queenfish Counts Chart
    Queenfish

    ENLARGE NEWPORT BEACH QUEENFISH COUNTS CHART


  9. Cabezon

  10. Cabezon

    There is a 5.33% catch rate for Cabezon, based on 22 Cabezon counted.

    Newport Beach Cabezon Counts Chart
    Cabezon

    ENLARGE NEWPORT BEACH CABEZON COUNTS CHART


  11. Striped Mullet

  12. Striped Mullet

    There is a 4.12% catch rate for Striped Mullet, based on 17 Striped Mullet counted.

    Newport Beach Striped Mullet Counts Chart
    Striped

    ENLARGE NEWPORT BEACH STRIPED MULLET COUNTS CHART


  13. Lingcod

  14. Lingcod

    There is a 3.39% catch rate for Lingcod, based on 14 Lingcod counted.

    Newport Beach Lingcod Counts Chart
    Lingcod

    ENLARGE NEWPORT BEACH LINGCOD COUNTS CHART


  15. American Shad

  16. American Shad

    There is a 1.21% catch rate for American Shad, based on 5 American Shad counted.

    Newport Beach American Shad Counts Chart
    American

    ENLARGE NEWPORT BEACH AMERICAN SHAD COUNTS CHART


  17. Green Sunfish

  18. Green Sunfish

    There is a 0.97% catch rate for Green Sunfish, based on 4 Green Sunfish counted.

    Newport Beach Green Sunfish Counts Chart
    Green

    ENLARGE NEWPORT BEACH GREEN SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  19. Bluegill

  20. Bluegill

    There is a 0.73% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 3 Bluegill counted.

    Newport Beach Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

    ENLARGE NEWPORT BEACH BLUEGILL COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 26 species of fish and 413 fish counted for December around Newport Beach.

To date, there are 63 species of fish and a total of 32448 fish counted for Newport Beach and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 12/31/1880 (142 years).

Last Update: 12/1/2022 1:21:27 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Top Newport Beach Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. All American Roller Guides


  2. Melton International Tackle
    Melton Tackle offers the finest in big game fishing tackle and accessories.

  3. Charkbait!
    What makes us so darn special? Well, besides great prices, a knowledgeable staff and an extensive selection, we stock what we sell. We believe in the gear we offer, enough that we invest in the inventory. This is one thing that makes us unique in the

  4. Anglers Center
    Outfitting the serious Saltwater Angler since 1958. Inshore, Offshore, Long Range and traveling anglers find the right gear, clothing, and advice to make the best of their fishing opportunities. We support responsible science based fishery resource m

  5. Ballyhood Saltwater Lures
    Ballyhood Top Gun Trolling Fishing Lures for offshore deep sea and sail boat fishing. Big Game Saltwater Lures, Rigs, Cedar Plugs and Hooks for Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin, Dorado, Sharks, Marlin, Striped Bass, Swordfish and more. 29 TOURNAMENT WINS- over

  6. Daiwa Corporation
    Daiwa's first spinning reel rolled off the assembly line in 1955. Since then, the company has grown into one of the largest and most influential tackle companies in the world today.

  7. Mahi Tackle Sportfishing Supplies
    At Mahi Tackle, our goal is to advance the joy of fishing to every individual, one customer at a time.

  8. Blue Water Bait Systems


  9. J D's Big Game Tackle


  10. Pacific Edge Bait & Tackle
    At Pacific Edge our goal is to make your time on the water more fun and productive.

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Top Newport Beach Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Davey's Locker Sportfishing
    Since 1965, Davey's Locker Sportfishing has provided recreational ocean activities to Southern California. Located in the historic Balboa Pavilion, Davey's Locker is widely known as the center of sportfishing activity.

  2. Bongos Sportfishing Charters
    Southern California's finest Six Pack Sportfishing charters service since 1985

  3. Newport Landing Sportfishing
    Newport Landing Sportfishing has serviced Southern California since 1987. We have daily Sportfishing

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Top Newport Beach Marinas

  1. Pierpoint Landing
    We offer an array of different fishing types to satisfy every style of angler. From beginner to seasoned pro, from 1/2 day fishing to deep sea fishing too, there is some type of fishing at Pierpoint Landing for all anglers.

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Location: 33.733N 118.186W
Wind Direction: W (260°)
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