Dungeness Crabbing in Oregon

21 Sep

My husband and I just spent a fabulous week of fishing and crabbing on the Siletz River and Bay, so figured it would be a good time to reblog one of my very first posts about crabbing in Oregon. We pulled in 31 Dungeness crab between three of us in just a few hours! Sadly, no salmon were interested in our lures/bait the entire time we fished all week, although we saw others bring some in. The water is still a bit too warm for them to be running hard upriver. But a big storm is heading that way this week, so hopefully on our next trip I’ll finally land “The Big One.”


One of the finer things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the bounty of food you can catch for your dinner, whether it’s a glistening rainbow trout from the deep cold lakes of the Cascade mountains, or hauling in bustling pots full of meaty Dungeness crabs from the bays and jetties of the Pacific Ocean. Commercial crabbing season is in full swing right now in Oregon, but you can privately catch Dungeness crab year round if you have a license, crab pots, and a tolerance for getting wet!

Crabbing can be seriously fun if you have the right combination of weather, tides and luck. We’ve had several friends go crabbing with us on the Siletz Bay and say it was the best time they’ve ever had on the coast! While we don’t limit out every time we head to the bay to crab, it is rare that we don’t…

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11 Responses to “Dungeness Crabbing in Oregon”

  1. chef mimi September 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    Oh my god I’m so jealous!!!


  2. cheri September 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    I’m in Yachats Oregon right now, good for you!

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  3. Michael's Woodcraft September 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    wow, I love Dungeness crab, they are sooo good!! Do they allow you to keep all sizes or do they regular the size you can keep? They regulate the size they allow you to keep here as well as quantity.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 23, 2014 at 9:58 am #

      Yes, Dungeness is so sweet and tender, almost like lobster in my opinion. The limit is to 12 a day per person, and they must be males and at least 5 3/4 inches across the carapace. Since we had three people on the boat we ended up with 2 limits plus 7. 🙂


  4. Conor Bofin September 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    Lovely crab indeed. I am envious.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger September 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

      No need to be envious! You have a wealth of seafood in your neck of the woods, I might say. 🙂


  5. Karen September 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    Talk about good eating…what a nice catch. Sounds like you had a wonderful week. 😀

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  6. teagan geneviene December 8, 2014 at 3:34 am #

    Wow — it sounds amazing! It also reminds me of relaxing. I never did too much fishing, and i was never any good. So it’s not so much the fishing i miss as getting out in the quiet and the rhythm of the water. Hugs! 🙂

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