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Crabbing open to nonresidents from Cape Falcon south.

Ocean salmon fishing between Leadbetter Point and Cape Falcon will close effective at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 26.

The annual summer conservation closure begins July 15 on beaches from Tillamook Head north to the Columbia.

Beginning March 23, all ODFW offices will be closed to visitors. ODFW staff will be available by phone and email.

Effective March 18, all state-owned fish hatcheries are closed to public access and visitors. Trout stocking in lakes and ponds continues for now.

Crabbing & Clamming

Marine Zone

Off Oregon's coast, the marine zone provides crabbing for most of the year.

Marine Zone

Visit e-regulations 

For your safety, call the Oregon Department of Agriculture Shellfish Safety Hotline before harvesting any shellfish at 1-800-448-2474 or check their website.

Regulation Highlights

Dungeness crab

  • Daily limit of 12 (males only).
  • Minimum size of 5 ¾ inches. Correct size is measured as a straight line across the back (caliper measurement) in front of, but not including the points.
  • Ocean waters are closed for Dungeness crab Oct 16 – Nov 30.
  • May be taken using crab rings, baited lines, or pots (limited to 3 rings/lines/pots total, per person); by hand, dip net, or rake.
  • Holding pots or devices, or live boxes are only allowed in bays and estuaries, and may not hold more than two daily limits.

Red rock crab

  • Daily limit of 24 of any size or sex.
  • May be taken using crab rings, baited lines, or pots (limited to 3 rings/lines/pots total, per person); by hand, dip net, or rake.
  • Holding pots or devices, or live boxes are only allowed in bays and estuaries, and may not hold more than two daily limits.

Crabbing in the Marine Zone

For the serious crabber, Dungeness and red rock crabs can be found in the open waters of the marine zone. 

An older man with white hair and a white beard holds up two bright orange crab for the camera. The water behind the man is a bright blue.