Sustainable Living Center Oregon
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 Guide.
We provide the kitchen equipment to cook Crab and show you how to clean & cook the Crab…. ready to eat…. $2.50/crab
Reservation staff hours noon – 9 PM … 541-765-2109
One (1) Crab License is required for every 3 traps if you are 12 or older
Oregon Crab License = $10 ……………….. Out of State 3 day Crab License = $19
Deposit = Credit/Debt Card/Cash
Rent/Day = $40
Three (3) Crab Traps
One (1) Crab Bucket & Crab Gauge
Bait, License or Gloves not provided
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.
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.
Crab Max Trap … Crab Max 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 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.
Bait & Bait Bags
Things that are natural to crabs seem to do better, such as fish carcasses, squid, clams, and the like. Natural baits also have a downside in that seals seem to love them as much as the Crab and Seals tear-up Crab Traps. Crab eat two (2) raw dark meat (drumsticks or thighs) per hour per trap
Purchase one (1) Crab Trap + Bucket + Crab Gauge =$40
Purchase three (3) Crab Traps + Bucket + Crab Gauge = $100
You do not need a lot of money or preparation to go crabbing in Lincoln City. It is an excellent excursion for individuals and families.
There is a narrow channel from the ocean to Siletz Bay. All of the Crab and Fish come through this channel. One can stand on the shore and throw the Crab Trapper into this channel and catch Dungeness Crab. There is very few Rock Crab in Siletz Bay.
Crab Trapped and ready to pull in
Crab Tappers fit inside an Air-Tight Bucket
Does it work? These were caught at Siletz Bay. Ask Ben and Heidi … they cook the Crab for people
CLICK HERE for 24 hour online for Rental or Purchase Crab Traps
Gloves if you are going to handle the Crab
The Crab Trapper can be used from any of the three (3) locations… Lincoln City (Historic Taft), Depoe Bay or Newport
Crabbing in Depoe Bay …. CLICK HERE
Crabbing in LINCOLN CITY …. CLICK HERE
There are three Docks available in Newport, and they are all free to use. It is less expensive to go crabbing from the pier than it is to crab from a boat. Unfortunately, you will be limited to where you can drop your line or your traps.
Crab Traps can be use from Docks, Boats, Crab-Cats, or Shore. Different types of Crab Traps are used at the different locations such as Newport, Depoe Bay, Taft Dock, or Lincoln City’s Siletz Bay. The location can determine what type of Trap to use.
Crabbing Season is open in all these locations year-round.
Folding crab traps are a recent innovation that is changing the face of crabbing from the bank or the shore in Siletz Bay.
Soaker Crab Traps
With a Soaker Crab Traps it is possible to drop a trap and leave it. You can wait 20 minutes, 3 hours or overnight. We only use rent Soaker Crab Traps for use with our Crab- Cats.
Although crabbing from a dock is the least expensive way of crabbing, since there are many people crabbing this way, but the number of crabs will fewer than caught from a boat.
Dungeness crab season in Oregon is year round in the bays But Mitch Vance, a shellfish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said timing your crabbing trip in the fall is more important to success than figuring out which bay to try. While crab can be caught virtually any month of the year, Most bays will be primed with crabs in the latter part of the calendar year with newly molted crab. Late September through November often produce crab that molted in the summer and are filling up with fresh meat. usually the very best.
How many Crabs you catch depends on the Rain, Tides and Time of day.
The Dungeness crab is a saltwater creature. The more fresh water in the bay. the closer the Crabs are to the ocean. The Bays with their freshwater influence may not be good during the summer as the fall. Beginning in September, crabs will tend to be more “filled out,” meaning there is a higher percentage of quality meat. You can tell meat quality by the condition of the shell. Hard-shelled crabs will contain 20-30 percent meat by weight, compared to soft-shelled crabs which can be as low as 12 percent meat. After heavy rainfall and resulting freshets, crab tends to be less abundant in the bays.
“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 being less affected by tidal currents. Slack-tide is a favorite time to harvest Crabs. This is the roughly one-hour time slot on each side of the high and low 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 scavengers, like crabs, to roam around and look for food without needing to fight the current. This is only a general rule though, crabs can be caught anytim
Where to find Crabs
Stick to the edge of eelgrass beds. Just look for stems of eelgrass and other debris floating on the water’s surface and drop there. The crabs hang out in the grass so that’s where you should be crabbing.
Eelgrass, specifically native Zostera marina, or common eelgrass, and the exotic Zostera japonica, accidentally introduced on the shells of non-native oysters. A combination of nutrient-rich substrate, pancake-flat shoreline, and The mild winter weather allow the eelgrasses to flourish in the bays.
Each crabber over the age of 12 will need:
Gloves to protect your fingers
Container to take home your live crabs
The Dungeness Crab is a sustainable food source because the females and young males are NOT harvested. This makes it possible that this food source could go on for generations.
The Dungeness crab is named after Dungeness, WA
Dungeness crabs move between Oregon’s bays and the ocean. The bays are open all year to recreational crabbing. Crabs tend to get pushed around with the tides and also tend to settle into channels formed by those tides and river flow. If you can find a place in the river channel, your odds go up. If you want to crab where it’s best for you, such as an enclosed boat basin, your odds go down.
If you are crabbing and are catching at least some crab, then at least you know they are there; if you are getting nothing, likely it’s time to move. Many people crab in areas sheltered from the wind and far off the beaten path – and whining how the crabs are not to be found.
Justin Ainsworth, a shellfish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said timing your crabbing trip in the fall is more important to success than figuring out which bay to try. Most bays will be primed with crabs in the latter part of the calendar year, with late September through November usually the very best, with pretty decent crabbing possible from late summer to early winter.
Most commercially caught Dungeness is 4 years old when they are 6 ¼- 7 inches wide across their carapace. Every spring, female Dungeness molt, which attracts male crabs to both mates and protects them while their shells are soft. Males molt in the late summer. Since the males do not have a protector while their shells are soft, they generally bury themselves in the sand, making them more difficult to attract to crab pots. They can be found throughout the sandy and muddy areas in the shallowest parts of bays and rivers.
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Reservation Office Hours …. noon – 9 pm … Everyday … 541-765-2109
Cooking hours – 8am – Dark (by Reservation Only)