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Crabbing in Siletz Bay

Crabbing can start at the Hwy 101 bridge.

There is a channel that runs from the bridge to the ocean. 

The channel is where the Crab lives.  

It is marked in the picture by the yellow dots. 

Over the years, sediment in the River has stopped all ocean vessels from using the River.   But this sediment has increased the growth of ell grass (where Dungeness Crab like to live) to where 98% of all Crab caught in Siletz Bay are Dungeness.

WARNING…. With so much sediment and when the tide goes out, you could get stranded on a mud bank.  It is best to stay close to the Siletz River channel.

We launch to prevent stranded Kayaks & Crabbers …

  • The Federal Nation Siletz Bay Refuge is 600 of marsh land and is greatly effect by the tides……
  • The entire Siletz Bay is marsh land except for a channel where the Siletz River goes in the ocean…..

Therefore – we only launch at right time to prevent this problem …. CLICK HERE for current tide table

As a courtesy, we take NO DEPOSIT reservations to insure you will have the watercraft you desire to rent . We will give you a launch window and if you cannot make that launch window, then your watercraft will be rented on a first come – first serve bases.

One (1) or Two (2) people ….3 – 4 hours Crabbing from a Kayak

Single/$40 Tandem/$80

plus Crab Traps rental fees.  The traps come with a floating Crab cage instead of a bucket.

Please park your vehicle at our Siletz River location. Launch boat with a gas motor and go under the Hwy 101 Bridge.  Start Crabbing at the Bridge in the main Siletz River Channel.  Only one type of Crab trap to be used from a kayak … the Crab Trappers.

Two (2) or Three (3) people ….3 – 4 hours

Crabbing from a Motorboat with Gas Engine … $110 plus Crab Traps rental fees.

Please park your vehicle at our Siletz River location. Launch boat with a gas motor and go under the Hwy 101 Bridge.  Start Crabbing at the Bridge in the main Siletz River Channel.  All three types of Crab tarps can be used from a boat… Soakers, Rings, and Crab Trappers.

Six (6) or Eight (8) people …. 3 – 4 hours

Crabbing from a Crab-Cat … $120/paddles $170/electrical motor

plus Crab Traps rental fees. 

There is a weight limit of 1150 lbs.

Please park your vehicle at our Siletz River location. Launch Crab-Cat and go under the Hwy 101 Bridge.  Start Crabbing at the Bridge in the main Siletz River Channel.  All three types of Crab tarps may be used from a boat… Soakers, Rings, and Crab Trappers.

Type of Crab Traps for Rent

Danielson Crab Trap….. is a “SOAKER” type of Crab Trap. Meaning you pull the trap after it has soaked for an hour or so.  It is 2 ft by 2 ft by 1 ft.  Danielson works by using the  Crab’s instincts to trap itself. It lures the Crab with bait bag into the large cage through strategically placed openings that they can enter, but cannot escape.

The type of Crab caught depends on the kind of bottom of the Bay. Rock Crab like bays with a rocky bottom. Dunginess Crab likes sandy bay bottoms. Newport has a rocky and sandy bottom; thus, you will catch Rock and Dunginess Crab from Newport docks, piers, or boats. The Soaker type Crab Traps are typically used in Newport Bay or Depoe Bay.

Ring Crab Trap …. The concept is straightforward: bait the crabs into the ring and “pull” the trap up when you think the crabs are inside of it. The absolute most straightforward crab ring is a two-ring crab net. You should pull the Crab Ring up quickly as the outer ring forms a wall so the Crab cannot escape. You will pull a Crab Ring up every 5 -10 minutes depending on the crab activity.

Depoe Bay has a rocky bottom; thus, you will catch mainly Rock from Depoe’s docks, piers, or boats. The Ring-type Crab Traps are typically used in Newport Bay or Depoe Bay.

Crabbing in Depoe Bay …. CLICK HERE

Crabbing in LINCOLN CITY …. CLICK HERE

Crabbing in NEWPORT …. CLICK HERE

Crab Trapper consists of two metal netted 24 inch sides. When lying flat, it takes the shape of a square 24 inch X 12 inch. It is the only Crab trap that can be used from the shore as well from a dock, pier or boat. It is the smallest of the three traps.  It is excellent for women and children to use. It can be used from a kayak, Crab-Cat, or boat with limited space.

Siletz Bay has a sandy bottom; thus, you will catch mainly Dunginess from the Siletz Bay shore. The Crab Trapper is generally used in Siletz Bay but can also be used in Newport Bay or Depoe Bay. Siletz has a dock, but it silted in and does not extend in the Bay far enough to catch Crab. The Crab Trapper is the only Crab trap that can be used for shore.

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

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

  • Cooking Location 82 Siletz Highway
  • Lincoln City, OR   97267
  • 541-765-2109
  • info@siletzrental.com

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