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Crab Traps for Rent … Lincoln City … Siletz Bay … Taft … Depoe Bay … Newport

Crab Traps for Rent … Pickup/Drop off Hours 5 am – 9 pm if reservation made by office

Office hours noon – 9 PM … 541-765-2109 or CLICK HERE for online Reservation

FREE Kid’s Crab Max Trap Special

  • One (1) Crab Max Trap, 5 gal Bucket, and Crab Gauge furnished at no charge for 24 hours when you have a child over 8 and under 12 years old …. Only restriction – One per family Call 541-765-2109 to reserve

One (1) Crab License is required for every 3 traps if you are 12 or older

Oregon Crab License = $10 ……………….. Out of State Crab License = $19

  • Rent Additional SuperMax© Crab Traps can be provided at $20/Trap or $40/Three (3) Traps
  • Purchase @$35/trap or $100 for Three (3) Traps plus 5 gal Bucket, and Crab Gauge
  • CLICK HERE to Reserve Crab Traps
  • You must provide bait …. Chicken is Good
  • Valid credit card info to be used if Crab Trap not returned
  • 3 location to choose from… Lincoln City (Historic Taft) (see below)

HIGH TIDE WARNING

  • Crabs live in the ocean with new Crabs introduced into the Bay’s at High Tide.

Therefore …. to insure the best Oregon Crabbing experience start crabbing at high tide. CLICK HERE for high tide table.

CLICK HERE to make a no deposit Crab Traps Reservation

Crab Traps can be use from Docks, Boats, Crab-Cats, or Shore. Different types of Crab Traps are used at the different locations such as Newport, Depoe Bay, Taft Dock, or Lincoln City’s Siletz Bay. The location can determine what type of Trap to use.

  • Crabs live in the ocean with new Crabs introduced into the Siletz Bay at High Tide.
  • To insure the best time to catch crab in at Slack Tide, which is the time right after the high tide.

CLICK HERE to find the next high tide in Siletz Bay (Lincoln City)

We reserve Crab Traps with a no deposit online reservation Click Here for reservation

Questions … ask an expert … 541-765-2109 hours – noon – 9PM

Crabbing Season is open in all these locations year-round.

There are two type of Crab Traps …”Soakers” and Qick Pull” Crab Traps

Quick Pull Crab Traps
These Traps means you have to continually pull the crab max or ring every 5 – 10 /15 minutes to snare the crabs. There is no advantage to leave your ring or pot overnight. This type of Crabbing is usually done from a dock or shore and sometime a boat.

Two types of Quick Pull are available

  • Crab Max
  • Crab Rings

Crab Max ….…. Rental Rates

Three (3) Crab Max Traps Package

  • Deposit = Credit Card
  • Rent/day = $40
  • Three (3) Crab Rings, Float, and Line
  • One (1) Crab gauge & 5-gallon bucket   
  • Bail & License not provided

 One (1) Crab License is required for every 3 traps if you are 12 or older

Oregon Crab License = $10 ……………….. Out of State Crab License = $19

Crab Max consists of two metal netted 18″ triangular sides. When lying flat, it takes the shape of a square 18″ X 18″. It is the only Crab Trap that can be used from the shore. Since is the smallest of the traps, it is excellent for children to use from a dock. It can also be used from a kayak, Crab-Cat or boat with limited space.

When pulled, the two sides lift up, creating walls and pushing all the crabs to the center.

The Crab Max is made locally in Lincoln City, Oregon and can be purchased for $35,

Crap Max with Crap

Folding crab traps are a recent innovation that is changing the face of crabbing from the bank or the shore in Siletz Bay.

A Second type of Quick Pull Crab Trap is the Crab Ring

Crab Ring ….…. Rental Rates
Three (3) Crab Ring Traps Package

  • Deposit = Credit Card
  • Rent/day = $45
  • Three (3) Crab Rings, Float, and Line
  • One (1) Crab gauge & 5-gallon bucket 
  • Bail & License not provided  

 One (1) Crab License is required for every 3 traps if you are 12 or older

Oregon Crab License = $10 ……………….. Out of State Crab License = $19

A Crab Ring consists of two concentric metal rings with tethers attached to the outer ring. Netting is attached covering both rings. When the ring in resting, it lays flat on the sea bottom.

When the ring is pulled up the outer ring rises above the lower ring, creating a wall around the inner ring.

A float is attached to the top of the harness and the harness ropes up about the ring. Without the float, the ropes will lie flat on the ring, and when pulled, any crabs who happen to be straddling the ropes will be tossed off the ring.

Ring traps fish much faster than any other traps. This is because the crabs can walk directly onto the ring without dealing with any ramps or doors. Of course, without these doors, the crabs are free to leave whenever they want. Consequently, these rings should be pulled very often. The longest to leave a ring down is 20 minutes.

Crab in a crab ring trap

When pulling these rings, pull quickly. Crabs can swim fairly fast, and if you do not pull fast enough, they can swim right out. These traps are heavy and need more room to use.

Soaker Crab Traps

With a Soaker Crab Traps it is possible to drop a trap and leave it. You can wait 20 minutes, 3 hours or overnight.

Danielson Crab Trap ….…. Rental Rates

Three (3) Danielson Crab Traps Package

  • Deposit = Credit Card
  • Rent/day = $50
  • Three (3) Crab Rings, Float, and Line
  • One (1) Crab gauge & 5-gallon bucket 
  • Bait & License not provided  

 One (1) Crab License is required for every 3 traps if you are 12 or older

Oregon Crab License = $10 ……………….. Out of State Crab License = $19

It features four entrance doors and two escape openings; thus one is able to catch and hold the crabs you’re after they enter the door-style trap.

Confused? Try the Variety Pack

Variety Pack .. Crab Ring .. Crab Max .. Danielson Trap…. Rental Rates

Three (3)  TRAPS one each .. Crab Ring .. Crab Max .. Danielson Trap

  • Deposit = Credit Card
  • Rent/day = $45
  • Three (3) Crab Rings, Bait, Float, and Line
  • One (1) Crab gauge & 5-gallon bucket   
  • Bait & License not provided

 One (1) Crab License is required for every 3 traps if you are 12 or older

Oregon Crab License = $10 ……………….. Out of State Crab License = $19

Although crabbing from a dock is the least expensive way of crabbing, since there are many people crabbing this way, but the number of crabs will fewer than caught from a boat.

Dungeness crab season in Oregon is year round in the bays But Justin Ainsworth, a shellfish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said timing your crabbing trip in the fall is more important to success than figuring out which bay to try. Most bays will be primed with crabs in the latter part of the calendar year, with late September through November usually the very best.

How many Crabs you catch depends on the Rain, Tides and Time of day.
The Dungeness crab is a saltwater creature. The more fresh water in the bay. the closer the Crabs are to the ocean. The Bays with their freshwater influence may not be good during the summer as the fall. Beginning in September, crabs will tend to be more “filled out,” meaning there is a higher percentage of quality meat. You can tell meat quality by the condition of the shell. Hard-shelled crabs will contain 20-30 percent meat by weight, compared to soft-shelled crabs which can be as low as 12 percent meat. After heavy rainfall and resulting freshets, crab tends to be less abundant in the bays.

Best Time of day to catch crab is Slack Tide


“Slack water” also called “Slack Tide” (the times of peak high or low tide) are the best times to crab.

During swift tidal exchanges crab often bury themselves, but at slack water, more crabs are walking around foraging, since they are being less affected by tidal currents. Slack-tide is a favorite time to harvest Crabs. This is the roughly one-hour time slot on each side of the high and low tides for the day (one hour on each side equals a two-hour time slot).

At this time the tide is moving the slowest, allowing scavengers, like crabs, to roam around and look for food without needing to fight the current. This is only a general rule though, crabs can be caught anytim

Where to find Crabs

Stick to the edge of eelgrass beds. Just look for stems of eelgrass and other debris floating on the water’s surface and drop there. The crabs hang out in the grass so that’s where you should be crabbing.

Eelgrass, specifically native Zostera marina, or common eelgrass, and the exotic Zostera japonica, accidentally introduced on the shells of non-native oysters. A combination of nutrient-rich substrate, pancake-flat shoreline, and The mild winter weather allow the eelgrasses to flourish in the bays.

Each crabber over the age of 12 will need:
Gloves to protect your fingers
Container to take home your live crabs


The Dungeness Crab is a sustainable food source because the females and young males are NOT harvested. This makes it possible that this food source could go on for generations.

The Dungeness crab is named after Dungeness, WA
Dungeness crabs move between Oregon’s bays and the ocean. The bays are open all year to recreational crabbing. Crabs tend to get pushed around with the tides and also tend to settle into channels formed by those tides and river flow. If you can find a place in the river channel, your odds go up. If you want to crab where it’s best for you, such as an enclosed boat basin, your odds go down.

If you are crabbing and are catching at least some crab, then at least you know they are there; if you are getting nothing, likely it’s time to move. Many people crab in areas sheltered from the wind and far off the beaten path – and whining how the crabs are not to be found.

Justin Ainsworth, a shellfish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said timing your crabbing trip in the fall is more important to success than figuring out which bay to try. Most bays will be primed with crabs in the latter part of the calendar year, with late September through November usually the very best, with pretty decent crabbing possible from late summer to early winter.

Most commercially caught Dungeness is 4 years old when they are 6 ¼- 7 inches wide across their carapace. Every spring, female Dungeness molt, which attracts male crabs to both mates and protects them while their shells are soft. Males molt in the late summer. Since the males do not have a protector while their shells are soft, they generally bury themselves in the sand, making them more difficult to attract to crab pots. They can be found throughout the sandy and muddy areas in the shallowest parts of bays and rivers.

Dock Crabbing in Lincoln City (Taft) Oregon

Crabbing in Lincoln City (Siletz Bay)

The crabbing dock has been standing in the beach along side 51st Street in Lincoln City since 1946. This south part of Lincoln City is call Historic Taft. Today the historic Taft Dock has a new look and more strength to weather battering wind and rainstorms and thousands of annual visitor footsteps.

The Taft Dock entrance is west of the Mo Restaurant but normally does not go into the water very far, but during high tides it is possible to Crab from the Dock. ……… Click Here for the next high tide

If the tide is not high enough, it is possible to catch Crab to the west of the dock from the shore.

There are new upgrades to the iconic Taft Dock, which will include replacing 4 piles, some decking, rails, and miscellaneous other items. This will ensure the safe use for many years to come off the much-loved structure that supplies cherished views of our majestic Siletz Bay. Upgrades will also include a commitment to meeting ADA accessibility requirements.

Dock Crabbing in Newport Oregon

Newport has public two docks that permits dock crabbing. However, catches from docks typically are lower than from boats. Boat crabbing allow crabbers to spread their rings and traps in a wider area with less competition from others.

The Port of Newport public crabbing pier (located between the Rogue Brewery and the historic Newport Bay Bridge) in South Beach, and the Abbey Street and Bay Street piers of the Historic Bayfront are some of the best spots to crab. Tie off the end of your crab line to the pier, and position your pots and rings so as to not interfere with boat traffic.

Crabbing in Newport Oregon

Newport takes crabbing very seriously. In fact, the phrase “The Dungeness Capital of the World” became a registered trademark of the city in 2007. Newport’s commercial crabbers have been harvesting record numbers of this prized culinary crustacean for over a decade. Crabbing from a dock or pier is much easier and less expensive than crabbing from a boat, although the availability of crab is limited to the specific area that you choose to drop your traps.

Dock Crabbing in Depoe Bay, Oregon

One Free Crabbing Dock is available in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Port Dock 1 is the primary crabbing dock, is the first dock in the image. The single lane boat launch is shown on the south shore.

Port Dock 1 is the crabbing dock, is the first dock in the above image


There are few Dungeness Crab in Depoe Bay. There are a lot more Red Rock Crab. Dungeness Crab require a sandy entrance to bays and Depoe is rocky with a drop off as you are going to sea so the crabs can’t get into the bay.

Cabbing is allowed from the docks in the bay from sunrise and to sunset. All the crabbing equipment must be removed from the docks during prohibited hours. Life jackets are required to be worn by children under 12 years of age when crabbing from the port docks but you must provide life jackets for them.

No Other Docks in Siletz Bay

There are no Crab Docks available in Siletz Bay except the Dock at Mo Restaurant. Crab-Cats or Shore crabbing are your only options.

Crab-Cat with Electric Motor

Dungeness crabs prefer lower salinities, therefore, are usually found in bays with an input of a large amount of fresh water like Siletz Bay. There is hardly any Red Rock Crabs in Siletz Bay.

With dock Crabbing your location is fixed. With a boat, one may go where the Crabs are located.

Free Onshore Crabbing Clinic

Free 2019 onshore CRABBING Clinic Dates
• Wednesday, August 28 @ 3:30 PM
• Monday, September 30 @ 12 NOON

The purpose of the crab clinic is to acquaint participants with onshore-based crabbing method of using the Crab Max folding crab traps.

More information on Clinic……. Click Here

Bait

Any bait will works. A lot of people use chicken. Fish guts are a good one. Things that are natural to crabs seem to do better. This includes using fish carcasses, squid, clams and the like. Using these natural baits also have a downside in that seals seem to love them as much as the crab does. Using a bait bag will often keep the seals at bay. It will also help to keep the crab on your bait longer.

If a crab pulls off a nice piece of your bait, more than likely it’ll crawl off and eat it. So something to stop them from tearing off chunks will improve your odds when using crab rings.

The bait bag is the key. For starters, this eliminates tying bait to the bottom of the trap, which never seemed to work very well anyway. This is especially nice if you are dealing with some rancid bait like fish parts. Just toss them in and clip it shut.

Bait bags prevent the crabs from completely devouring the bait all at once. They are open enough to allow for little bites here and there to keep the crabs happy but closed enough to keep your bait working all day long. It is more effective to stand the bait bags upright, as this maximizes floor space.

How to Drop your Crab Pot, Ring or Trap
Wait for the Pot, Ring or Trap to hit bottom, then repeatedly lit and drop the pot in the bay bottom. This not only ensures a good, solid, flat resting place, it churns up the surrounding water. Small bits of food that were sitting on the bottom, along with bits of food from inside the trap drift up and away attracting any crabs in the area.

Gloves
Gloves prevent jellyfish stings from tentacles wrapped around your rope, along with alleviating some of the pain that comes with handling crabs.

Sorting Crabs
Quickly sort through the crabs, being careful to not break crab legs or get your fingers pinched. An experienced crab handler will sort crabs by keeping them at ease. They want to get out, but they don’t want to be forcefully grabbed. A quick shake of the pot is often more effective than reaching directly for them.

Be sure to carefully and quickly release crab, do not throw them from heights as this will often crack their carapace and kill them.

REGULATIONS

Crabs may be taken using crab rings, pots or baited line (limited to 3 rings, pots or lines per person) by hand; dip net; or rake. Pots may be left overnight.
Bays, estuaries, beaches, tide pools, piers, and jetties are open all year. The ocean is closed for Dungeness crab October 16 through November 30.
No more than 1 daily catch limit per day may be taken per person. No more than 2 daily catch limits per person may be in possession.
The minimum size for Dungeness crab is 5 ¾ inches. Size is measured in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but NOT including the widest points.


Undersized male, female and unwanted red rock crab must be immediately released unharmed.
Crabs may not be mutilated so that sex, size, or species cannot be determined prior to landing. Mutilated crabs may not be transported across state waters.
No holding pots, holding devices, or live boxes are allowed in the ocean. Holding pots, holding devices or live boxes in bays and estuaries cannot retain more than 24 Dungeness and 48 red rock crab per container.

Other Options
Kayak Touring … Click Here
Wildlife Photogenic Paradise … Click Here
Six (6) & Sixteen (16) Mile Siletz River Drift .. Click Here
Family\Group Touring …. Click Here
Salmon Fishing … Click Here
Crab & Fishing Package … Click Here
Crabbing … Click Here

Free Online Crab Clinic … Click Here

For more information


Depoe Bay, OR 97341
541-765-2109
info@siletzrentals.com

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