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Crabbing Clinic …. Free ….. Lincoln City …. Demos & Crap Traps Sales & & Rental

General Coronavirus Prevention Rules

  1. Reservations required for all rental services.  Services are scheduled only one group at a time
  2. Hand Sanitizer is available.
  3. No bathroom facilities available at the Siletz Rental Location
  4. All rentals business will be completed outdoors

To Rent Single, Tandem, and Quad Kayaks for Touring, Fishing, or Crabbing

Kayak Launches available 8 am – 6 pm. The office staff is available @ 541-765-2109 to ask questions noon – 9 pm

  • Single, Tandem, and Quad Kayaks HAVE to be made on-line.  Reservations are No Deposit or Obligation On-Line at CLICK HERE or www.SiletzKayaks.FUN
  • Reservations are processed after 9 pm.  If you make a reservation for today, make the on-line reservation, then call 541-765-2109 to ensure your reservation is processed today.
  • Kayaks are launched one hour before high tides.  High Tide table CLICK HERE or
  • All kayaks will be disinfectant after every use.
  • All life jackets will not be reused for 48 hours.

To Rent Crab Traps to use from docks, piers, boats and shore

Crab Traps can be pickup 8 am – 8 pm with reservations. The office staff is available to ask questions from noon – 9 pm.

  1. Crab License … must-have.  They can be purchased on-line CLICK HERE @ www or Lincoln City @ Bi-Mart or Newport @ Fred Meyers
  2. Crab Bait not provided … we recommend you buy chicken for bait, seals do not like chicken, but crab do.
  3. Three (3) Crab Traps, a bucket, and a crab gauge reservation are made on-line.  Reservations are No Deposit or Obligation On-Line at CLICK HERE or 
  4.  Reservations are processed after 9 pm.  If you make a reservation for today, make the on-line reservation, then call 541-765-2109 to ensure your reservation is processed today.

For Free Crab Clinic or to schedule a Private Crab Clinic

  1. Details CLICK HERE @
  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 made a reservation CLICK HERE or www.CrabClinc.Fun
  4. Complete the reservation with your phone number and email address to contact you if you were exposed to the virus.

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


4:00 PM … Friday, August 14, 2020 … low tide 4:09pm (2.39ft

6:00 PM …. Monday, August 17, 2020  … low tide 6:53pm (1.88ft)

5:00 PM ….. Friday, August 28, 2020  … low tide 4:30pm (2.21ft),

Private Crab Clinic Available by Appointment 7 days a week & Crab cooking

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 the traps from the mentor; it is all the same to the mentor.

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

June 6 & 7 are Free Fishing Days!

Aug 15 & 16 are Free Fishing Days!

Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov 27 & 28 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

For more information

82 Siletz Hwy
Lincoln City, OR 97267

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