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Crabbing … Depoe Bay … Whale Watching …. Free Crabbing Clinic …. Crab Traps for Rent

Crab Traps for Rent

Quick Pull Crab Traps 24 hour rental Package

  • Deposit = Credit or Debt Card
  • Rent/Day = $40
  • Three (3) Quick Pull Crab Traps
  • One (1) Crab Bucket & Crab Gauge
  • Bait, License or Gloves not provided

CLICK HERE for 24 hour online Crab Traps Reservation


  • $40/Trap includes Crab Bucket & Crab Gauge
  • $100 Three (3) Traps includes Crab Bucket & Crab Gauge

CLICK HERE for no deposit 24 hour online Crab Traps Reservation

You must provide bait …. Chicken is Good

Gloves if you are going to handle the Crab

Valid credit card info to be used if Crab Trap not returned

3 location to choose from… Lincoln City (Historic Taft) Depoe Bay or Newport

Crabbing in Lincoln City …. Siletz Bay .... CLICK HERE

Crabbing in Newport …. CLICK HERE

Most of the time, you will find Rock Crab in Depoe Bay as shown in the picture. There is a 24 limit regardless of size or sex. Crab season is year-round in Depoe Bay.  The crab is a saltwater creature. Beginning in September, crabs will tend to be more “filled out,” meaning there is a higher percentage of quality meat.

A whale cruising the Depoe Bay Harbor

How to Crab at Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay has the World’s smallest bay in the world and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The Spouting Horn is next to Highway 101 will shoot a stream of water up to 40 ft in the air. It’s at times nicknamed a “blowhole,” but spouting horn is a more correct label. It’s the result of a fissure in the rocky ledges just below the sea wall at Depoe Bay, which funnels the heavy waves into a tinier and tinier space, eventually compressing the energy of the wave into such a small space it releases in an upward spout. Certain tidal conditions have to be met to create this effect – the waves have to be sufficiently large enough. This isn’t a problem during much of winter and spring, so you’ll find plenty of explosive spouting action during these times of the year. It fires into the air abruptly, sending sea water 20, maybe 40 feet high without warning. Looking like some white version of the Black Smoke Monster from LOST, its presence is dramatic, startling and awe-inspiring.

Depoe Bay is the only town on the Oregon coast with a “spouting horn” in its downtown. Most of the other spouting horns exist in places outside any city limits, and they are few and far between (there are two in upper Lane County near Yachats and two at different ends of Yachats – and that’s mostly it).

Depoe Bay’s location is ideal as it is just minutes from some of the most productive fishing for nearshore of deepwater complex rockfish species along the Oregon Coast. Anglers fishing out of Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay have the highest catch ratio of rockfish per angler on the Oregon Coast according to statistical catch information compiled by the National Marine Fishery Service.

Depoe Bay Crabbing allows crabbing and fishing from the port docks from one half hour prior to sunrise and one half hour after sunset. Since Depoe Bay has a rocky entrance, more Rock Crab will be found, than Dungeness Crab. All the crabbing equipment must be removed from the docks during prohibited hours.

Lifejackets are required to be worn by children under 14 years of age when crabbing from the port docks but you must provide lifejackets for them. Lifejackets can be rented for

Come and Go Traveler

You cannot Crab all the time, so the Traveler wants to give additional ideas for things, that as native Oregonian and a permanent local resident, likes to do in Depoe Bay. That is not to say they are the best or only things in Depoe Bay but are from the perspective of a permanent local resident.

Tidal Raves Restaurant – CLICK HERE This restaurant has wonderful big windows that provide views of the Pacific Ocean and the Whales. People drive out of their way to go to the “Tidal Raves” restaurant. It easy to find the restaurant because it is right on highway 101 and the parking lot will be full, and people are parking along the highway. Be sure to call EARLY for a reservation and ask for a window seat.

The seafood is wonderful, and they had a great selection. The prices were very reasonable. Our favorite dessert is breaded pudding with bourbon sauce.

Crabbing Clinic … Free online Registration

We teach a crabbing system developed by Bill Paternek. Bill Lackner of Lincoln City has been teaching how to use this system in Siletz Bay since 2004.

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 own traps for demo.

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


The clinic is in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay or Newport. The location will be changed depending on the rains, tides, weather, and registration.

The free clinic is about one hour, Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat.

To Register online CLICK HERE

Mon Oct 14 … 1:00pm high tide 1:54pm (5.82ft)
Sat Oct 19 ….4:00:pm high tide 4:40pm (5.60ft)
Mon Oct 21 … 5:00pm high tide 6:50pm (5.23ft)
Wed Oct 23 … 8:00am high tide 9:32pm (5.29ft)
Fri Oct 25 … 10:00am high tide 11:44pm (5.69ft)

Sat Oct 26 …… 11:00am high tide 12:12pm (6.38ft)
Mon Oct 28 … 11:00am high tide 1:27pm (6.89ft)
Wed Oct 30 … 1:00pm high tide 2:45pm (6.74ft)
Fri Nov 1 …….. 3:00pm high tide 4:11pm (5.98ft)

Sat Nov 2….4pm…..high tide 5:02pm (5.48ft)
Mon Nov 4….4:30….high tide 6:16pm (4.64ft)
Wed Nov 6….9am…..high tide 9:14am (5.06ft)
Fri Nov 8….10am….high tide 10:21am (5.47ft)

To Register online CLICK HERE

Best Time to Crab

Any time is the time to Crab, but some or 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 one-hour time slot on each side of the high tides for the day (one hour on each side equals a two-hour time slot). At this 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.

2019 Free Fishing Regulations

Aug. 17-18 (Saturday & Sunday)

Nov. 29-30 (Friday & Saturday)

Thanksgiving Weekend

2020 Free Fishing Days … to be posted …..

Crab Licenses 

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


FREE Kid’s Crabbing Special

Everything a Kids ages 8, 9, 10, 11 needs the opportunity to Crab at no charge for 24 hours,.. The only restriction – One per family/season & valid Credit Card

Adult 24-hour Crab Trap package $40

  • Three (3) Quick Pull crab traps, bait bag, float, and line
  • One (1) Crab gauge
  • One (1) Crab bucket
  • Bait & License not included

Equipment that can be rented from Siletz Rentals CLICK HERE for:

  • Crab Traps
  • Kayak
  • Crabbing
  • Fishing
  • Touring
  • National Wildlife Refuge
  • Guides
  • Crab-Cats

Office personnel available … noon – 9pm … 541-765-2109

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