While you can crab along the Oregon coast all year long, most locals will tell you that the fall is the best time to go. Beginning in September, crabs will tend to be more “filled out” and there will be a higher percentage of quality meat.
If you live in Cannon Beach, odds are you’ve been crabbing before. But if you’ve never gone or you want to learn from a true master, consider booking a local crabbing tour! Our position along the coast means we’re home to tons of knowledgeable anglers and crabbers that offer tours and workshops to help you learn the ins and outs of this niche hobby. And, as an added bonus, most companies offer fish filleting and crab cooking after the tour.
We rounded up a few crabbing tours you can take within an hour’s drive of Cannon Beach. Have a clawsome time!
While some touring companies sell Oregon fishing licenses in-house, not all of them do. We recommend contacting your tour company ahead of time to see which license you will need and get information on where to purchase them around town.
Offering crabbing and fishing tours in Rockaway Beach
For years, Kelly’s Brighton Marina has been a destination for old and new crabbers alike to experience this tried-and-true Oregon coast tradition. In addition to a camping and RV park, Kelly’s offers marina tours and crabbing “workshops”. You can choose to crab from a boat or from the dock, but regardless of what you choose, the helpful staff at Kelly’s will teach you the fascinating art of crabbing. Learn how to set up a baited crab ring, how to drive a boat, how to clean and cook your bounty, and more.
Offering crabbing and fishing tours in Astoria
Photo courtesy of Astoria Fishing Charters
Helmed by local salmon fishing guide Jeff Keightley, Astoria Fishing Charters is a fantastic touring company offering salmon, sturgeon, bottom, steelhead fishing and crabbing near Astoria. Crabbing trips can be combined with other fishing and can cost anywhere from $175-$300 a person. Each crabbing trip includes crab cooking. Book a trip on his 30-foot-long fishing boat and start exploring the best the Oregon coast has to offer!
Offering crabbing and fishing tours in Seaside
Born in the Pacific Northwest, Coastal Fishing Adventures’ guide, David, was raised fishing the waters of the Northwest. He has been independently operating his own boats since his late teen years, David has safely navigated the many waterways available, whether it be crossing into the ocean from the Columbia River Bar, Tillamook Bar or Nehalem Bar to access some of the best fishing the coast has to offer. You can enjoy one of his fantastic crabbing tours for just $100 per person or one of his fishing adventures (which includes salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, bottom fish and halibut) for $225 per person.
Offering fishing and crabbing tours in Garibaldi
Play hooky and join this popular guide service on a fishing or crabbing trip along the Clackamas, Columbia, the Willamette or in Tillamook Bay this season! Salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, bottom fish and crabs are just some of the things you can catch with Play N Hooky Guide Service. For more information, and to check out their seasonal calendar, click here.
Offering crabbing, clamming and fishing tours in Astoria, Oregon City, Tillamook, Newport, Portland and more
Osprey Guide Adventures is one of the most popular charter fishing companies on the Oregon coast, offering a wide range of tours throughout many of our local communities! Enjoy crabbing, clamming, fishing and even mushroom and berry foraging with Bill Taylor, a resident of Oregon for over 40 years who has a vast knowledge of its waters and forests. Start your adventure today by calling (503) 983-2200.
Offering crabbing and fishing tours in Garibaldi
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For crabbing or fishing tours in Garibaldi, look no further than Garibaldi Charters. This locally owned charter company offers a wide range of tours—from light tackle bottom fishing to salmon, tuna, halibut and crabbing—on a multitude of different boats. Fish filleting and crab cooking is included in the price of each tour. Please note, Garibaldi Charters is almost at the end of their crabbing/fishing season. Please contact them for more information.
Offering fishing and crabbing tours in Nehalem, Netarts, Garibaldi, Tillamook Bay, Astoria and more
Kyle Uptegrove, the tour guide at Pacific Roots Adventures, has been fishing on the rivers of the North Oregon Coast for over 20 years. So you can be sure that he knows all the best fishing spots! Learn how to river fish in a drift boat or fish the bays and big water in a 23-foot Alumaweld Columbia. Top of the line gear and bait are provided.
Have an in-crabable time!
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