Sustainable Living Center Oregon
The next free Crab Clinic will be in May 2022. Private Clinics are still available
Clam Clinic, Crab Clinic, and Crab Traps Options
CLICK HERE to reserve Standard Crab Trap rental of 24 hours … $50 .… Three (3) Crab Traps, Bucket and Crab gauge.
CLICK HERE to Reserve a spot at a Free Crab Clinic … For Dates of Free Clinics see below
Lyle, Crab Master and Private Crab Clinic party
CLICK HERE to reserve a Private Clinic at your requested time … $25 … No limit to size of group.
The Clinic provides Oregon’s crabbing regulations, harvest methods, location of the five (5) local crabbing docks, and live demonstrations.
Crabbers are allowed to crab with up to three devices per license 24 hours a day. The Clinic will be demos on how to crab from a dock, pier, or beach.
Crab Traps will be available to rent, purchase or bring your traps. We will be demonstrating our unique Crab Trapper trap. It will be available for purchase @ $40/trap. It is amazing, as you do not need a boat, dock, or pier to use it. The trap can be used on any beach that does not have a rocky bottom. The Clinic will demo the mechanics of how to catch 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 the trap, and retrieving the trap.
You can schedule a Private Crab Clinic at your convenience at any time and date for a fee of $25. Please contact us at 541-765-2109 if desired. No limit on number of people in the group.
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
We provide the kitchen equipment to cook Crab and show you how to clean & cook the Crab…. ready to eat…. $2.50/crab
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
YOU ONLY NEED ONE license PER THREE (3) CRAB TRAPS …
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.
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.
June 5 & 6!
Crab Licenses can be purchase of the Siletz River Rental site at 82 Siletz Hwy.
YOU ONLY NEED ONE license PER THREE (3) CRAB TRAPS …
The Crab Trapper consists of two metal netted 12″ sides. When lying flat, it sort of the takes the shape of a square circle 22″ X 30″. It is a Crab Trap that can be used from the beach. 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 $50 include a bucket and Crab Gauge.
The Crab Trapper with a Buoy be used with a kayak.
Folding crab traps are a recent innovation that is changing the face of crabbing from the beach 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.
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.
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.
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Cooking hours – 8am – Dark (by Reservation Only)