Guided Crabbing on the Oregon Coast

Does November weather make you crabby? Me, too!  There is no better way to feed your crabby than to join me for crabbing on the Oregon coast.


Dungeness Crab Face in Oregon

A picture of a Dungeness crab caught Crabbing on the Oregon Coast in the Astoria Oregon area.

Simply bring your Oregon shellfish license and a spirit of adventure and join Marvin’s Guide Service for a day of crabbing on the Oregon coast. These crabs were first harvested by commercial fishermen from Dungeness, Washington in the middle of the 19th century. But unlike the early pioneers, guests aboard my powerful 27-foot Alumaweld Intruder remain dry and warm while cruising in a covered, heated cabin alongside their captain.

With 30+ years of experience, I know the secret spots loaded with large keepers that can weigh in at over 2 pounds. Since Seafood Watch lists Oregon’s Dungeness crab fishery with a sustainable seafood rating of ‘best choice’, there is no need to feel guilty about catching the daily limit of 12 crabs per fisherman. Typically, ¼ of a crab’s weight is meat, which means that clients can take home up to 6 pounds of cleaned and cooked crab to enjoy.

What Are the Dates?

Oregon coast Crabbing is open in estuaries (i.e. bays), beaches, tide pools, piers, and jetties year-round, but our trips will be for November and early December around the Astoria Oregon area.

How Many Can I Keep?

Current Oregon regulations allow for a limit of 12 male crabs per person, at the minimum size of 5 ¾ inches. More often than not, we do get the full legal limit for everyone on the boat.

What About Cooking?

You can take them home and do it yourself, or you can use the ocean-side facility for a nominal fee per crab. Want them packed on ice, or maybe for air-shipment? No problem, we’ve got you covered.

How Much Does It Cost?

You need 4 people to come out in the boat at a cost of $135 each, at a total of $540 for the day. The price is the same whether you come alone or with friends, so make it a party! Or ask me to put you on a list and I can call you when we don’t have a full boat.

What Else?

In addition to the famous Buoy 10 salmon fishing and crabbing, the area of Astoria Oregon is a wonderful town for the whole family to visit. One of my favorite sites includes the Astoria Column.  Also, Lewis & Clark’s Fort Clatsop, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and the Astoria-Megler Bridge are great stops.  Don’t forget the Goonies house and terrific restaurants and bars along the river.

Take this opportunity and sign up your friends and family to fish for Oregon’s famous Dungeness crabbing with me Marvin’s Guide Service. Trip dates and seats are limited, so call Marvin at 503.314.5087 today, or fill out the form below to inquire about rates and to make your reservation. Be sure to watch Marvin go out crabbing with the TV show “More Good Day Oregon” linked above.

Book your crabbing trip today.

Maybe you want to stay the night before crabbing Here’s a small list of hotels I put together in and around Astoria, Oregon.

Also, here is a list of Restaurants I like in the Astoria and Hammond, OR area.

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