Welcome to our Crabbing tips and tricks page.
The crab fishing that we have
here in Oregon and Washington is nothing short of fantastic. We have both
Dungeness and Red Rock crab in most of the bays and estuaries and for
those with bigger boats we have some excellent crab fishing or crabbing
on the offshore waters of the pacific ocean. Some of my favorite
crabbing locations are Newport (Yaquina Bay), Waldport (Alsea Bay), Nehalem
(Nehalem Bay), Garibaldi (Tillamook Bay), Reedsport (Winchester Bay), Coos Bay,
Astoria, Netarts and Lincoln City (Siletz Bay). Rental boats and crabbing gear
are available at many of them.
Combo Crabbing - Salmon fishing trips October - early December
We are running these in Newport and Tillamook Bay October into early December.
Catch some salmon for the bbq and a tub full of tasty dungeness crab
October 13, 2010. Crabbing has really picked up with lots of big hard shelled
crab being caught.
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Cooking facilities are available for you to
have your crab cooked. Shellfish licenses are required for all party members.
Oregon limit is 12 Dungeness crab per person.
Some bays also have Red Rock crab
too) as well with a 24 per person limit on
those. We offer our crabbing trips in Newport, Lincoln City, Netarts and
For the most part there is no secret to catching crab with the
exception of when to go and where to place your traps. The best months
for crabbing in Oregon and Washington are months ending in "R"
at least that is what everyone says. Actually the crabbing or crab
fishing begins to get good small ad
in late July or early august and lasts until Feb.
or so depending upon how much rain we get. When the winter rains come it
dilutes the salinity of the bays and the crabs move further out into the
saltier ocean waters. You can actually catch crab year round but in the
late winter through early summer months they are molting and usually don't
have much meat in them and also you get a high percentage of female
crabs which you cant keep. The legal size for Dungeness crabs in Oregon
is 5 3/4 inches across the back measured in front of the spike on the
widest part of the shell. I wont get into this in depth because it is
best to check with the bait shops or at the marinas and make sure that
they explain it well because you don't want the pay the fine for keeping
undersized or female crabs its quite steep. The limit for crabs in Oregon
is 12 Dungeness male crabs per person and for Red Rock crabs is 24 per
person either sex is legal on the Red Rocks. Washington has a 6"
legal size limit and they require a license to take crab. Oregon now requires a shellfish license to harvest clams, crabs
and shrimp. In Oregon you are allowed
3 traps per person. Types of traps are "traps or pots", "slip rings",
"open rings", "snares", "folding traps".
Usually the favorite is the traps or enclosed pots, these allow the
crabs to get in but not get out. If there aren't a bunch of bait
steeling seals and sea lions around the open rings can be more effective
than the traps and can be pulled much more frequently because it doesn't
take the crabs as long to get into them as it does the traps. Slip rings
are also very effective and for fishing from the bank snares and
lightweight folding traps are popular. For you do it yourselfers that
may be considering building your own traps be careful of the materials
you use certain metals when they come into contact with saltwater let
off a charge and will actually repel the crabs. Mild steel or 304
stainless is your best bet and avoid using different types of metal on
the same project, also leave some of the metal exposed on the bottom of
the trap to ground to the sand. Bait for crab is usually some
form of fish carcass, chicken, turkey or mink. The Chicken turkey and
mink are seal and sea lion proof baits but the
carcasses will out produce
baits if the seals aren't in the area. Probably the best bait is Shad,
with Salmon or Rockfish carcasses close second. The bait is placed in
the traps using a bait pin, twine, wire, mesh bag, bait cages or other
means of making sure it stays in place. The traps are allowed to set on
the bottom for at least 15 mins. They have a length of rope and a marker
buoy or float attached to the end of the rope. After allowing them to
soak for a while the traps are pulled and the crab removed. The key in
trap placement is to not place it in a area with very strong current.
Always pick a day for crabbing that has a relatively small tide
exchange. a difference from high to low tide of 5 foot or less is a good
day to try your luck and make sure that you hit either the high or low
slack tide hard. this will be when you pick up most of your crab.
A good day of crabbing here in Oregon can yield lots of great
eating. They are best cooked and eaten fresh and don't freeze well. So
bring all of your friends and enjoy. Below are some photos of different
types of crab gear. They are from left to right: crab trap or pot,
snare, slip ring, collapsible trap, open ring, folding star trap
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For general Crabbing information and recent
reports call the marinas listed below.
Most also have rental boats and gear for the do it yourself crabbers
For general Crabbing information and
recent reports call the marinas listed below.
Most also have rental boats and gear for the do it yourself
South Beach Marina and Charters
Netarts bay RV
Lincoln City Oregon
Dock of the Bay Marina
McKinley's Marina and RV
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Guided fishing only please - call one of the marinas above for
general crabbing info or reports