The sport Dungeness crab season in
Oregon is year round for tidal bays, estuaries and coastal rivers.
The ocean waters are closed from Aug. 15th to Nov. 30th, which is
effects the sport crabbing in our bays advantageously as the annual
closure greatly reduces the competition for the large crab that make
their way to calmer, sandy areas of the bays to molt.
(molt: when the crab annually literally crawl out of their old shell
with a new, softer shell underneath that allows them to grow in size
during the 4-6 weeks the new shell is soft and pliable)
The best months to go have nothing to do with a certain
letter of the month. the best months, weeks or days to go are determined
by mother nature's offering of rain and general bad weather. A
heavy sustained rain brings on an influx of freshwater to these
estuaries, causing the amount of salt in the water (salinity) to drop.
Being salt water creatures, they head back out into the unaffected waters
of the deep ocean. Bad weather and storms will usually prohibit
crabbing in ocean waters. In years with light rains thru the fall
and winter, crabbing is excellent, however, a heavy rainfall and typical
Oregon Coast weather will typically put a damper on any serious crab
Crabbing on the Oregon Coast is a unique adventure which can be your main focus for the day, or may be added to any salmon or bottom fishing trip. Like many outdoor fishing sports to truly understand its addictive nature you have to experience it.
From the first time you pull your crab ring out of the water, you're immediately hooked. Like fishing, crabbing is a sport for the outdoor enthusiast, however crabbing reaches out to the less technical side of catching dinner. From a fist time crabber, to a veteran crab ring fisherperson, there is equal opportunity for success.
Crabbing trips are offered at Astoria, Newport, Depoe Bay and Tillamook Oregon and Ilwaco Washington on both large and small charter boats (4-6 and 8-14 persons). Charter boats have a head (bathroom) on board.
Trips are also provided from the lower Columbia River at Astoria / Ilwaco on smaller private guide boats (2-6 persons). Shorter durations trips also available. Guided trips are a bit more private and personal than the larger boats can provide. Guide boats have a port-a-potty on board and will at times take clients in to facilities on shore as needed. Private trips also available.
All equipment is provided on both Guided and Charter trips. You will need to bring something to eat and drink. Daily fishing licenses are available onboard most vessels or at charter office.
In addition, each person who will be pulling traps, will need to purchase a shellfish license $8.00.
To reserve your seats
please call our office at
503-720-9033. (8am to 7PST).
We accept Visa, Master Card, AMX, Check and PayPal
receive your deposit we will send you a confirmation by e-mail that will
contain; all contact information for the guide/charter and check in
time, along with a map and driving directions from your location to the
on nearby lodging and fish processing can also be provided by request.