Living Center Oregon

Sustainable Living Center Oregon

New Crab Trapper Trap… with “enhanced” Crab Bait system

Our Crab Trap is being redesigned to fit inside of Bucket.   We call it the Crab Trapper.

It fits inside a bucket with an Air-Tight Lid.

The reason for the Air-Tight Lid is that the Crab Bait is going to be placed into the Crab Trapper and allowed to enhanced before going Crabbing without smelling everything up.

When the traps springs open to catch Crab. It is 22″ x   17″

When it is pulled and closest and becomes it’s Clam Shell configuration, it is 17″ X 11″

We will be testing Two (2) Crab Trappers. One (1) with different enhanced combinations, and one (1) Crab Trapper with fresh bait. Both will be tested at the same location , and at the same time.

The first phase of testing will be with enhanced chicken drumsticks.  We will enhanced drumsticks a different number of days and exchanging them for fresh drumsticks.  We will post the results @ 

To Participate in the Testing you must:

  1. Provide your Fresh Chicken Drumstick bait

2. Exchange your Fresh Chicken Drumsticks bait for our aged Bait

There is no cost other than the drumstick exchange, but a card deposit is required.

CLICK HERE to complete the reservation form if you want to participate.

The easiest way to get a crab’s attention is to offer him something tempting to eat. You need to make the bait irresistible.   Choosing the best crab bait will make sure you are attracting the “Keepers.”

Each Crab Trapper comes with two (2) baits features: 

  1. Chicken Drumstick Spike.
  2. Smell Bait Bag

Results of the testing will be posted on our Facebook page CLICK HERE. …….. Join to see the results.

According to the experts, one needs to understand how Crab finds food and appeal to their sense of smell.   People believe that crabs have an excellent sense of smell – this is somewhat true, but not in this sense, you might think.

Crabs don’t smell through any kind of organ-like a nose but instead use microscopic “smelling” organisms.  Therefore, anything that has a strong smell can attract a whole host of these creatures. They will go after anything that comes into their path.  Furthermore, crabs will use their claws to dig or scratch up food from the seafloor’s bottom.  

Crabs rely on their sense of smell to find prey. Crabs have chemoreceptors that allow them to detect chemicals in the water that are released by their prey. These chemoreceptors are located on a crab’s antennae. These are long, segmented appendages near the Crab’s eyes that have both chemoreceptors and allow them to feel its surroundings.

Crabs also have antennules, shorter antenna-like appendages near the antennas that allow them to sense their environment. A crab can “taste” using hairs on its mouthparts, pincers, and even its feet.  Long story short? The stinkier the bait, the better.

Fresh Is Best

It sounds counterintuitive that creatures that love stinky bait prefer fresh food. However, it’s true.   While smelly bait is a good thing, rancid bait is not. Make sure you’re using bait that’s less than a couple of days old. The fresher, the better.  However, know that other types of animals might be enticed by the kind of bait you are using, too! This can include animals like sea lions and seals.

Three Crab Baits to be Tested

Chicken for the Drumstick Spike

Although chicken necks and other parts of chickens aren’t necessarily part of a crab’s regular diet, you’ll likely find that these foods are quite popular during crabbing, too. It’s unclear why, exactly, crabs love chicken so much! They aren’t exactly located in the water, so who knows why crabs seem to adore the lungs and livers.   As with any other type of bait, the juicier, the juicier, and the better.  A benefit of using chicken as bait is that most other fish and animals won’t go after it. You won’t have to worry about animals, like seals, destroying your traps.   It works well for most crabs, especially Dungeness and red rock crabs.

Crab Bait Oil for Chicken

Crab bait oil can be used on Crab bait.  The oil is quite attractive to crabs. It also contains unique amino acids that give it unparalleled versatility in going after all kinds of other species.  It is a commercial product that you can buy, but it’s made of natural ingredients like anise oil, fish oil, amino acids, and salmon egg juice. Marinate any bait with this add-on oil for about three hours before using it.

Rotten Fish for the Bait Bag

Rotten fish may not seem appealing to you, but crabs love them. We said earlier that fresh is best, but rotten fish is one area where you can make the exception.  Fish are quite fragrant, to begin with, and once they start to rot, their stink will be even more noticeable. You can use any rotten fish. Often, bait shops or fish markets will give them away.  They’re cheap and readily available, too. You can use fresh or frozen fish, but the benefit of frozen fish is that it will break down more slowly than fresh fish, giving you more time between checking traps.

Some options include tuna and mackerel. When baiting with tuna, some people even punch holes in a tuna can, then lower the can into the trap before placing the trap in the water.  Fish are quite attractive to other animals, including seals. Seals will not only steal your bait, but they’ll also do their best to remove the bait from the trap, too.

Crab Baits not to tested


Clams are crab favorites. These are part of a crab’s natural diet, so you shouldn’t have to do much hard work to convince the crabs to take a bite.  Plus, they are legal to use in most areas.  However, it is essential to note that clams might not be as effective if you are crabbing in an area with a large population of these creatures already.   The crabs might be bored by this additional offering.

Mink Carcasses

Mink carcasses can be tough to get your hands on in some areas, but if you can, they work as superior crab bait.  Why? They’re super stinky.   Commonly used in commercial crabbing operations in Oregon, mink is stinky, oily, and incredibly versatile. The oil will stay on your hands for a while, so you might want to wear gloves.

Any Meat or Animal Parts

If you don’t want to spend all your money purchasing meat, consider using readily available meat. Discarded organ meat from butcher shops is a good alternative.

There are other animal pieces you can use in your crab traps, too.  You can also use a roadkill. The benefit of roadkill is that it is easy to come by just about anywhere you might live.  It also gives off an incredibly powerful odor. Choose options like raccoon, squirrel, rabbit, or other animal carcasses for the best results.

Other Human Foods

You can attach old bacon, bits of cheese, hot dogs, or even some bread to your crab trap. But remember – the stinkier, the better, and oilier foods tend to work best, too. The benefit of using human foods is that they tend to be much less stinky (and therefore easier to handle) than rotting meat. Some people even use unique household items like cat food or dog food to entice crabs.

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

  • Main Office is in Depoe Bay, OR 97341
  • Launch/Pickup Location 82 Siletz Hwy Lincoln City


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