Living Center Oregon

Sustainable Living Center Oregon

Lincoln City …. Free Crab Clinic/Paid Private Crab Clinic with Demos, Rentals and Sales

\The last Free Crab Clinic for 2020 was held on the beach between MO’s restaurant at 860 Southwest 51st Street, Lincoln City, OR and the ocean on Wed Sept 28 at 6:00 PM.

You can schedule a Private Crab Clinic at your convenience for a fee of $20. Please contact us at 541-765-2109 if desired. No limit on number of people in the group.

Your Private Crab Mentor will be at our site at 82 Siletz Hwy on the Siletz River.
The Clinic will provide an overview of Oregon’s crabbing regulations, harvest methods, location of the four (4) crabbing docks, and live demonstrations.

Our trap is unique, as you do not need a boat, dock, or pier to use it.  The trap can be used on any shore that does not have a rocky bottom. The Clinic will demo the mechanics of how to crab from shore with our unique trap. 

We will spend time with your group showing you all the tricks and tips of baiting the trap, throwing trap, and retrieving the trap.

Crab traps can be rented and pick up from 82 Siletz Hwy at the reserved time.

We will arrange to clean and cook your Crab @ $2.50/crab

General Coronavirus Prevention Rules

  1. Reservations required for all services
  2. Hand Sanitizer is available.
  3. No bathroom facilities available at the Pick-Up/Launch Location
  4. All activities completed outdoors with masks and social distancing

Private Crab Clinic Details

  1. Twenty ($20) for the entire group, no limit
  2. The location will change depending on the size of the group and the weather.
  3. The location will be given after your reservation has been received. To make a reservation CLICK HERE
  4. Complete the reservation with your phone number and email address to contact you if you were exposed to the virus.

Crab Clinic & Crabbing Information …. noon – 9 pm 541-765-2109


Last Free Crab Clinic until June 2021

Private Crab Clinic Available by Appointment 7 days a week The Crab Mentor will show you his favorite Crab location that does require a dock, pier, or dock. He will spend 30 minutes showing you how to catch Crab, catch Crab, explain the Oregon Crab laws and everything about Crabbing for $20.    

Call 541-765-2109 for an appointment.  Your traps, rental traps, or you can purchase.

Where can you Cook Crab?  …. We help you fix your dinner

We provide the kitchen equipment to cook Crab and show you how to clean & cook the Crab…. ready to eat…. $2.50/crab

We teach a crabbing system developed by Bill Lackner to teach how to use this system in Siletz Bay since 2004 and has retired.

Bill Lackner of Lincoln City

The clinic provides Oregon’s crabbing regulations, harvest methods, location of the four (4) crabbing docks, and live demonstrations.

Crabbers are allowed to crab with up to three devices per license.  At the Clinic will be demos on how to crab from shore or a kayak. Crab Traps will be available to rent, purchase or bring your traps for demo.

Crab Licenses .. Oregon State Resident = $10 … Three (3) Day Out of State =$19


The clinics are conducted in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay or Newport. The location will be changed depending on the rains, tides, weather, and number of people registered.

To Register online CLICK HERE

Best Time to Crab

Any time is a good time to Crab, but some are better than others.

“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 less affected by tidal currents.


 The favorite time to harvest crab is the roughly the two-hour time slot before low tide and three-hours after low tide. At that time the tide is moving the slowest, allowing the crabs, to roam around and look for food without needing to fight the current, but crab can be trapped any time of day.

The State of Oregon is offering residents and visitors the opportunity to explore and experience fishing, crabbing, clamming without the need for a license or tags on specific listed dates throughout the year.

2020 Free Fishing & Crabbing Days

Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov 28 & 29 are Free Fishing Days!

Crab Licenses 

  • State Resident = $10
  • Three (3) Day out of State = $19


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

Crabbing on the shore of Siletz Bay

Crab Trapper will be Demonstrated at Clinic

The Crab Trapper 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 it is the small, 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 Trapper is made locally in Lincoln City, Oregon and can be purchased for $40 include a bucket and Crab Gauge. The Crab Trapper with a Buoy be used with a kayak.

Crap Super 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.


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 these baits have a downside in that seals seem to love them more than the crab. The Crab Trapper uses a bait bag that will keep the seals at bay. It will also help to keep the crab on your bait longer.

Crab Trapper Bait Bag

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 the Crab Trapper.

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.

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 not to 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.


Crabs may be taken using crab rings, pots or baited line (limited to 3 rings, pots or lines per licenses) 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

Cooking hours – 8am – Dark (by Reservation Only)

  • Cooking Location 82 Siletz Highway
  • Lincoln City, OR   97267
  • 541-765-2109


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