Love the taste of crab and want to try harvesting your own? Already at the beach and looking for a family-friendly activity?
Here are some opportunities to find your favorite seafood and have a fun day on the coast.
In every Oregon estuary, some crab can be found. Coos, Yaquina, and Tillamook normally provide the best year-round opportunities. Smaller estuaries and those with more freshwater influence may be good during the late summer through the early winter.
Before heading out, be sure to have your shellfish license, a copy of the regulations (either paper or online), and check the tides.
Go to our How to crab article to learn about different crabbing equipment and techniques.
Species availability by area
The areas around Bandon, on the Coquille River, have productive softshell beds. The areas near Bandon Marsh National Wildlife refuge...
Lower Yaquina bay is “marine dominated” meaning there is little freshwater influence, and offers many shellfishing oppurtunities.