Visitors and residents alike come to California’s coastal towns year-round to rest, relax, recharge, as well as enjoy the ocean, beaches, and all the fun activities the west coast has to offer in the spring. While many visitors will dress in bathing suits and gather beach gear for a day full of sand and water adventures like kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, and more, or some time on shore building sandcastles, strolling the beach, or just enjoying a perfect California spring day, some have come in search of a California fishing trip of a lifetime. Pack your bags – and make sure your fishing gear makes the list – and head to the California coast to enjoy the best fishing trip Newport Beach adventure. Make sure you secure a California fishing license and brush up on catch limits and other rules before leaving the dock.
Types of Fish
Different fish favor the waters of Newport Beach at different times of year. You may know some of the species to expect, but a local fishing report for the most up-to-date information on what’s biting where. When fishing the waters of Newport Beach in the spring, be prepared to hook white seabass, sea bass, sand bass, sheepshead, sculpin, rock cod, lingcod, calico bass, and California halibut, and even squid! Keep in mind the type of fish you hook will also depend on where around Newport Beach you drop your line.
Cast off for a fishing expedition of a lifetime in the waters of Newport Bay. The inshore waters are the perfect place to head if you want a little calmer start to your excursion. The marshy, sandy, rocky, environment is one that halibut and other inshore species love to frequent.
It’s a major feature of southern California fishing you’d be remiss to lose out on it! You’ll want to make your way the kelp beds around Newport Bach at some point during your trip since it’s “where it’s at” in terms of inshore fish species. The horseshoe kelp of the area are kelp paddies that are home to several species of inshore fish, as well as the occasional offshore visitor.
Dock & Dine
When your stomach rumbles while you’re out on the water, take advantage of the many restaurants of the area that participate in the unique “dock & dine” experience. Participating restaurants allow you to pull up to the dock and enjoy great food and drinks right on board your own vessel. It’s a fun way to enjoy a meal, while also keeping your valuables safe and your Newport Beach fishing excursion worry-free. Those who don’t want to miss any time out on the water can even order your food to go and have a delicious fresh meal aboard as you head out to sea for even more Newport Beach springtime fishing fun. There’s a myriad of restaurants to choose from for breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour, or a soothing nightcap an exciting day on the water. Choose from delicious seafood from Newport Landing Restaurant, American fare from the Harborside Restaurant, or your favorite Mexican dish from Sol Mexican Cocina, among many others.
King’s Eye Escape Room
Set the rod and reel aside and spend 60 minutes of your Newport Beach fishing respite with some onshore activities. Work together with your fishing buddies to solve the clues and break out of the room in 60 minutes or less to win. Rooms are ranked by difficulty and the number of people needed to solve the puzzles, so you can choose the one that’s right for you and your group. Your group must be smaller than ten participants and only one group is allowed to wait in the lobby, so come close to your appointment time to avoid overcrowding.
Fun Zone Arcade & Game Room
Plant your feet firmly on the ground and indulge the kid and gamer in you – or the kids and gamers of the group. The arcade features modern and “old-school” games that everyone can enjoy. Challenge each other to games of Skee-Ball, Deal or No Deal, and many others to pass the time and have a little fun with your feet firmly on the ground. The arcade has been around since 1936. Don’t worry about going from boat to arcade without your wallet, there is no admission fee. You can also wander in and out as you explore the surrounding area and take a break from the high seas.
Newport Beach and its pier are the perfect places to hang out and get some sun and time in the water without a boat. There’s seating along the pier so you can sit and watch the marine life play in the water, walk to the end and back for some exercise, or if you can’t resist – you can bring your gear along to hopefully catch tomorrow’s lunch or dinner.
Sand and water activities are endless in Newport Beach. Trade in your fishing gear for snorkel or SCUBA gear, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, or another water activity. You could also opt to just splashing around in the waves with your fellow anglers for a swim. Whatever you choose, fishing and boating are not your only options for a memorable time in Newport Beach. Keep in mind, Carefree Boat Club has much of the beach gear you’ll need.
Spring Fishing Fun in Newport Beach
Once you seek out the best locations to cast a line around Newport Beach in the spring, you’ll want to make sure you can get to your chosen spot, settle in, and have everything you need to turn “fishing” into “catching,” including a fishing boat that can handle the waters of Newport Beach and the surrounding area, your whole crew, and all of your gear. Have your bases covered – along with some others you might not have thought of – with a membership to the Carefree Boat Club. There are locations all across the U.S., including the newest one in Newport Beach! We have the boat you need when you need it. You can avoid the hit-and-miss availability of small rental companies, as well as the hassles like storage, maintenance, trailering, covering, cleaning, or extra fees like insurance and mooring that come with owning and transporting your own boat. Reserve a fishing boat or any other type of vessel at Newport Beach or any of our other locations and it will be ready for your use each time you show up at our marina during your reservation period.
Contact us today to book your next great spring Newport Beach fishing getaway!