Sustainable Living Center Oregon
Oregon has 360 miles of coastline available for recreational crabbing opportunities 360 days a year 24 hour/day.
Crabbing for Dungeness or Red Rock Crab is done from a boat, dock, pier, shore, or beach. Many stores on the coast rent crab traps and small boats for crabbing in the bays.
Recreational crabbing is open in bays and estuaries and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border.
Recreational crabbing is closed in the ocean from Oct. 16 through Nov. 30.
Clam Clinic, Crab Clinic, and Crab Traps Options
CLICK HERE to reserve Standard Crab Trap rental for 24 hours … $50 … Three (3) Crab Traps, Bucket and Crab gauge.
CLICK HERE to reserve a Private Crab Clinic at your requested time …. $25 … No limit to size of group.
CLICK HERE to reserve a Private Clam Clinic at your requested time …. $25 for one person with one clam gun & bucket + $5 for each additional clam gun & bucket ….. No limit to size of group.
CLICK HERE to reserve a Standard Crab Trap rental for 24 hours and a Private Clinic at your requested time … $75 … No limit to size of group.
For recreational crab harvesters, it is recommended that Crab always be eviscerated before cooking, which includes removal and discard of the viscera, internal organs, and gills.
Because of Oregon’s prudent management of biotoxins, the crab products currently being sold in retail markets and restaurants are safe for consumers.
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, recreational crabbers will need to mark all floating surface buoys with the owner’s full name or business name and at least one of the following: phone number, permanent address, ODFW Angler ID number, or vessel identification number. Mark your information in a clear, legible, and permanent manner. While this rule does not apply to gear tied to docks, piers, jetties, or beaches, we recommend marking buoys on any equipment that could become derelict or lost.
Where to Go Crabbing in Oregon
Finding an excellent location to go crabbing in Oregon is easy, for every estuary has some crabs, but knowing what kind of Crab (Dungeness or Red Rock) will narrow the search.
What kind of Crab to catch?
The most common Crab on the Oregon Coast are the Red Rock and Dungeness crabs. Here are some ways to tell them apart:
The Red Rock Crab
It looks like a red rock. These species are native to the North American west coast ranging from Alaska to California. While they are small, they will pinch when approached.
The size of the red rock crab makes it less common to buy. Smaller bodies mean more difficulty extracting meat from these animals. The female crabs grow an average of 4-6 inches around the shell while the males push out to 7inches. Since they are not as popular, there is a limit of 24/day of any size or sex.
The Dungeness Crab is red but with more white patches. Since they are more popular, there is a limit of 12/day of males only large than 5 3/4 inches
Much heavier than the red rock crab, the Dungeness weighs up to 2 pounds on average. Most of this Crab’s weight is mostly meat, which makes it the most sought after and is also luckily abundant in numbers.
Dungeness Crab can be found in the Bays with the sandy and muddy area, where Red Rock Crab are found in Bays with rocky bottoms.
Type of Crab you can expect to catch in which Bay
Nehalem Bay: Dungeness Crab can be caught. CLICK HERE for details
Tillamook: Dungeness, Red rock Crab, can be caught CLICK HERE for details
Netarts Bay: Dungeness, Red rock Crab can be caught CLICK HERE for details
Nestucca Bay: Dungeness Crab can be caught CLICK HERE for details
Lincoln City (Siletz Bay): Dungeness Crab can be caught CLICK HERE for map CLICK HERE for details
Newport (Yaquina Bay): Dungeness, Red rock Crab can be caught CLICK HERE for map CLICK HERE for details
Alsea Bay: Dungeness Crab can be caught CLICK HERE for details
Siuslaw River: Dungeness Crab can be caught CLICK HERE for details
Umpqua River: Dungeness Crab can be caught CLICK HERE for details
Coos Bay: Dungeness, Red rock Crab can be caught CLICK HERE for details
Coquille River: Dungeness Crab can be caught CLICK HERE for details
Port Orford: Dock crabbing can be found year-round from the Port docks – Ocean (boat) crabbing areas are easily accessible.
Gold Beach: (Rogue River) and Brookings (Chetco River) – Crabbing in these estuaries may only be successful in the driest parts of the summer when the freshwater influence is minimal. Ocean (boat) crabbing areas are easily accessible.
What Supplies You’ll Need
Crabbing in Oregon doesn’t require many supplies. All you need is an ice-filled cooler to take home your “Keepers,” crab traps, crab license, and bait, and you’re good to go!
Three (3) commonly used Crab traps
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. Dungeness Crab likes sandy bay bottoms with ell grass. If the Bay has a rocky and sandy bottom; thus, you will catch Rock and Dungeness Crab.
The Soaker-type Crab Traps are typically used from docks, piers, and boats.
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 Trapper consists of two metal netted 24-inch sides. When lying flat, it takes sort of the shape of a 24-inch circle. It is the only Crab trap that can be used from the beach or shore and a dock, pier, or boat.
Information Office Hours …. noon – 9 pm …. Everyday … 541-765-2109
Cooking hours – 8am – Dark (by Reservation Only)