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

Crabbing Clinic …. Free …. Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat

To Register …. CLICK HERE

Crab Traps for Rent … Pickup/Drop off Hours 9 am – 9 pm

Office staff available noon – 9 PM … 541-765-2109 or CLICK HERE for online no deposit Trap Reservation

Crab Traps for Rent

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

Quick Pull Crab Traps 24 hour rental Package

Deposit = Credit or Debt Card
Rent/Day = $40
Three (3) Quick Pull Crab Traps
One (1) Crab Bucket && Crab Gauge
Bait, License or Gloves not provided

CLICK HERE for 24 hour online Crab Traps Reservation


$40/Trap plus Crab Bucket & Crab Gauge
$100 Three (3) Traps plus Crab Bucket & Crab Gauge

CLICK HERE for no deposit 24 hour online Crab Traps Reservation

You must provide bait …. Chicken is Good

Gloves if you are going to handle the Crab

Valid credit card info to be used if Crab Trap not returned

3 location to choose from… Lincoln City (Historic Taft) Depoe Bay or Newport

Crabbing in Depoe Bay …. CLICK HERE


Crabbing in Newport …. CLICK HERE

There are three Docks available in Newport, and they are all free to use. It is less expensive to go crabbing from the pier than it is to crab from a boat. Unfortunately, you will be limited to where you can drop your line or your traps.


  • 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 & Crab 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.

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. We only use rent Soaker Crab Traps for use with our Crab- Cats.

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 Mitch Vance, 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. While crab can be caught virtually any month of the year, Most bays will be primed with crabs in the latter part of the calendar year with newly molted crab. Late September through November often produce crab that molted in the summer and are filling up with fresh meat. 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.

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

Reservation Office Hours …. noon – 9 pm … Everyday … 541-765-2109 

Launch site only open for no deposit 24 hour online reservations, otherwise closed online 24 hours reservations

  • Lincoln City, OR   97267
  • 541-765-2109

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