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Kayak Crabbing … Siletz Bay … Lincoln City …. Historic Taft

FREE Kayak Launch at Siletz Bay when you rent our special Kayak Crab Traps.

CLICK HERE to reserve Standard Crab Trap rental for 24 hours … $50 .… Three (3) Crab Traps, Bucket and Crab gauge.

 to Reserve a spot at a Free Crab Clinic … For Dates of Free Clinics … CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to Reserve a Private Crab Clinic … You set the dates for your private clinic… CLICK HERE

General Coronavirus Prevention Rules

  1. No bathroom facilities available at the Pick-Up/Launch Location
  2. All activities completed outdoors with masks and social distancing

Rent Single and Tandem Kayaks AVAILABLE NOW at the Siletz River Location

  • Kayak Launches available 8 AM – Dark. The office reservations staff is available @ 541-765-2109 to ask questions from noon – 9 PM
  • Reservations for Single and Tandem Kayaks are made on-line.  Reservations are No Deposit or Obligation On-Line at CLICK HERE  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.  CLICK HERE for High Tide table 
  • All kayaks will be disinfectant after every use.
  • All life jackets will not be reused for 48 hours.

You don’t have a lot of money? No problem. You do not need a lot of money or preparation in order to go crabbing in Lincoln City. It is a great excursion for individuals and families.

New to Crabbing? …. Free Crab Clinic … CHICK HERE

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

Single Kayak loaded with 3 traps ready to launch

You can Crab from a kayak – Let us show you how

We Specialize in Kayak Crabbing on Siletz Bay

While kayak crabbing is very different than kayak fishing it can be done from a kayak.  The problem with crabbing from a Kayak is space. You do not have a lot of room to catch, process, and store the crab. To solve this problem we have developed a Crab Trap that can be handled in a kayak. We also have a solution to the space problem.

Kayak Crabbing Packages

$100 Up to 3 – 4 hours – One (1) person Kayak

$140 Up to 3 – 4 hours – Two (2) person Tandem Kayak

  • Two Person Kayak
  • Three (3) Crab Trapper Traps Bait Bag, Float, and Line
  • One (1) Crab gauge
  • One (1) Floating Crab Storage Unit

Set out Crab Traps

We use the Crab Trapper Traps specifically designed to enable you to catch your own Dungeness crab from a kayak and not turn your kayak over. A “SOAKER” Crab Trap is big 2 ft by 2 ft by 1 ft. (see picture below) If you are not a very experienced kayaker, it can turn you over when you try to pull up a trap full of Crab. To prevent this we have developed a small “QUICK PULL” Crab Trap.

“SOAKER” Crab Trap are big

We use  “QUICK PULL” Crab Traps and a floating Crab Storage Unit to make it easy for any kayaker to Crab and not turn themselves over and catch plenty of Crabs.

  •  A crab License is required if you are 12 or older

Oregon Crab License = $10 ……………….. Out of State Crab License = $28

Quick Pull Crab Trap consists of two metal netted 18″ triangular sides. When lying flat, it takes the shape of a square 18″ X 18″. It is a Crab Trap that is easy to use from a Kayak.

When pulled, the two sides lift up, creating walls and pushing all the crabs to the center.

Crap Max full of Crap will not turn a kayak over


  • Crabs live in the ocean with new Crabs introduced into the Siletz Bay at High Tide.

Therefore …. to insure the best Oregon experience we only launch once a day one hour before High Tide. 

CLICK HERE for High Tide table, date and time for next Launch 

Office personal available  ……. noon – 10 PM …541-765-2109

Launch personal available …..  8 AM – Dark by reservation only

We launch Kayaks & Crab-Cats once a day by online reservation only – one hour before high tide. 

Click Here for next high tide at Kernville (location of Siletz Rental)  


Siletz Bay has Dungeness Crabs!!!!

Ninety eight per-cent (98%) caught in Siletz Bay are Dungeness Crabs. Why Siletz Bay is has a sandy bottom with ell grass.

Dean, one the of the Kayak Concierges on Friday, August 3, 2018, at high tide went crabbing with a Crab Trap for the first time this season.  He set the ap on the west side near the Hwy 101 Siletz River bridge for two hours.


When he pulled the trap, he had 25 crabs and 12 keepers.

Now ….. he is eating crab.

PS.  Dean has not had good luck recently.   When the fall rains come, he is only getting one or two keeper per pull. ……………………….. Office open noon-9PM daily 541-765-2019

CLICK HERE for Reservation

Other Options & Rental Rates …

Kayak Touring … Click Here

Free Guides and Wildlife to see in the Siletz Refuge … Click Here 

Six (6) Mile Siletz River Drift .. Click Here

Family\Group Touring …. Click Here

Salmon Fishing … Click Here

Crab &  Fishing Package … Click Here

Free Crab Clinic … Click Here

Crap Traps for Rent …. Click Her

Newport, Depoe Bay has public docks that do permit dock crabbing. Lincoln City has good shore Crabbing

However, catches from these locations are typically are lower than from boats.  Boat crabbing allow crabbers to spread their rings and traps in a wider area with less competition from others.

See the results of Crabbing in Siletz Bay with a Quick Pull Crab Trap

We can provide everything you need, except you must provide:

  • Each person that plans to crab, 12 years or older, will need Shellfish license (available at a location listed below)  cost is $10 (resident, nonresident $19.) entitles the holder to 12 male crabs, minimum size 5 ¾ inches.
  • One license entitles the holder to have three (3) trap
  • Bring a pair of rubber or leather gloves if you want to protect your fingers,


  • Our Siletz River Location when you rent the Kayak
  • Bi-Mart — 1030 SE Oar Ave • 541-614-1020
  • Siletz Rentals 82 Siletz Highway 541-765-2109

Best Times to Crab

july 12
Time of day: “Slack Tides” (the times of peak high are the best times to crab. At “Slack Tide,” the highest number of crab are walking around foraging since they are less affected by tidal currents.  see the above graph.

Best Launch Times

We only rent at the times listed since our location is where the Siletz River flows into the Siletz Bay and the Pacific Ocean; therefore, the tides directly affect the crabbing.  The following are the best times to launch to get into the Bay for High Slate Tide.  Chick Here to find the next launch time or Call 541-765-2109 for Best launch Time

Crab Bait

Many different types of meat are used for crab baits.  We use what Crabs normally eat, dead fish.

Setting your traps and soak time


Try and allow between 10 -15 minutes before retrieving your traps.

Locate your float and approach slowly. Grab crab line just below the float with your hand.

Quickly sort through crab, being careful to not 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 trap is often more effective than reaching directly for them.

Learn the difference between male and female crab.  With a crab gauge measure all male Dungeness crab.  Only retain the male Dungeness crab that is 5 ¾” inches across the back (NOT including the spines) or wider.  When measuring make sure you measure in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but NOT including the last points.  Store legally sized “Keeper” crabs in a 5-gallon bucket with water.

If you keep your crabs in the bucket with water make sure to change the water frequently to keep the water cool and oxygenated

Releasing “soft shell” crab is strongly recommended. Soft-shelled crab are newly molted and are essentially a small crab in a big crabs body.

We Only OPEN when we have on-line reservations.  Otherwise, we WILL be Closed

For the Best Experience Please Call 541-765-2109 or   Click Here to Make a No Deposit Reservation


  1.  Crab may be taken using crab rings, pots or baited line (limited to 3 rings, pots or lines per person) by hand; dip net; or rake. Pots may be left overnight.
  2. Bays, estuaries, beaches, tide pools, piers, and jetties are open all year. The ocean is closed for Dungeness crab October 16 through November 30.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Undersized and female Dungeness crab and unwanted red rock crab must be immediately released unharmed.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

 There is No Deposit to make a Reservation

Click Here to Check Availability … Click Here to Make a No Deposit Reservation

Office personnel availability hours . noon – 9 pm … Everyday … 541-765-2109 

Launch Site only open by online reservation ….. 82 Siletz Hwy

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


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