As I’ve been doing with Buoy 10 fishing reports, I’m now starting a new Oregon crabbing report during the prime fall crabbing months.

I primarily crab at the mouth of the Columbia River and, at times, offshore from the Astoria area when I have my boat moored at Hammond Marina. I also have offered fall crabbing trips in Tillamook Bay when I’m down in Garibaldi.

With the help of some other sources, we’ll also give you a statewide sense of where crabbing is good up and down the Oregon Coast.

Remember to follow all of the Oregon crabbing regulations.

Speaking of following, you can also get my latest posts on the Marvin’s Guide Service Facebook page.

If you’d like to get in on the action, give me a call or text at 503-314-5087 or email me at [email protected].

My Latest Crabbing Report

Tuesday, September 19

Crabbing continues to be good when we put the pots out while we’re fishing for salmon in the lower Columbia River estuary. The Social Security Beach area has been excellent with lots of keepers.

My Previous Crabbing Reports

Thursday, September 14

Crabbing in the Columbia River estuary has been simply excellent. The area known as Social Security Beach is a hot spot.

We’re also hearing that other bays are crabbing really well. Netarts has been excellent, and I’d expect Tillamook, Nehalem, Yaquina, and several bays farther south to also be putting out decent catches of Dungeness.

Most Oregon bays tend to crab really well, except when heavy rains flush them out, while the lower Columbia and Netarts tend not to have that concern throughout the fall season.

Sunday, September 10

We decided to drop some crab pots in the river today to soak while were were off catching coho.

When we pulled them, we were able to find a dozen keepers. Perhaps not as good as in the ocean at the moment, but the crabbing here should continue to get better in the coming weeks.

Friday, September 8

Today we were able to drop a couple of crab pots in the ocean to soak while we were fishing for salmon off the mouth of the Columbia River.

After we were done catching our salmon (which didn’t take long, by the way), we pulled those pots and came up with 25 legal crabs.

Across the Oregon Coast, Dungeness crabs are in increasingly excellent shape as they finish up their summertime molt and are filling with delicious meat.

As we found near Astoria, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has noted very good crabbing off the coast of Depoe Bay, Newport and Waldport. Shore, pier and small-craft crabbers should also be faring well inside bays.

Two fathers hold Dungeness crabs while two children stand with them on the Marvin's Guide Service boat in the lower Columbia River. A large bag of crabs is on the boat deck.

Crabbing with Marvin’s Guide Service is a fun trip for families. Catches are as close to a sure thing as you can get.


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