Yaquina Bay crabbing


O. mykiss

Active member
I went out crabbing from shore in a spot that has been extremely productive over the last few years with 6 crabmax traps Saturday and Sunday with a total of 8 hours crabbed. We caught lots of medium to small red rock crabs and very very few dungeness of any size. We caught one keeper dungeness on the last pull yesterday. I don’t know what’s going on in Yaquina Bay but it has been terrible for months now. If your interested in crabbing, go elsewhere.
 

rogerdodger

Well-known member
Moderator
I heard rumblings towards the end of 2018 that there might have been a hypoxic event that was going to impact the Yaquina/Newport area crabbing. We had a big one off Florence about 5 years ago, killed our crabbing for almost 2 years, then it came back strong in 2017 and got back to 'normal' last year.

Coastal Pacific Oxygen Levels Now Plummet Once A Year
 

twout

Member
My buddy just dropped 3 pots in the bay around NOAA and got 8 keeper Dungeness. I have heard of others having luck also.
 

O. mykiss

Active member
I heard rumblings towards the end of 2018 that there might have been a hypoxic event that was going to impact the Yaquina/Newport area crabbing. We had a big one off Florence about 5 years ago, killed our crabbing for almost 2 years, then it came back strong in 2017 and got back to 'normal' last year.

Coastal Pacific Oxygen Levels Now Plummet Once A Year
ODFW put some test pots down in August or September and when the pulled the pots they were full of dead crabs. Hypoxic zone killed them all. I just don’t get why the Alsea and Siletz are crabbing well. The hypoxic zone encompassed a pretty large area
 

plumbertom

Active member
At this time, I'm looking forward to getting out on Coos Bay come Monday.
My fishing/crabbing partner is finally feeling upto pulling pots after his abdominal surgery last month.
 

Markk

Active member
Decided to give waldport a try with my dad and some of his friends this weekend. The results were much better than I have been getting in the Yaquina. We caught a total of 68 legal crab and kept our 60 of clean, hard-shell crab.
Nice catch!
 

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