How To Go Crabbing in Coos Bay

In our last blog we discussed how much fun crabbing in Coos Bay could be while you stay at the Bay Point Landing Luxury RV Resort. In the process, we also touched on some of the best spots to crab and some of the finer legal points regarding licenses and such. Today we’re going to continue from that and describe some of the needed gear, crab bait, and how to go crabbing.

Gearing Up

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So, you’re aware you need a license and that’s the first part of your gear. The rest of your gear includes a variety of different types of items. The next thing to bring is going to be a crab measuring device, as it will help you determine which crabs you can keep and which you’ve got to return.

You’re also going to need to acquire pots or rings, a cooler, bait holders, and bait. Before you start, you’ll want to make sure there aren’t any kinks or knots in the lines for your crab pots or rings. You must also mark your buoys to ensure that you know which pots yours are. Don’t worry, you don’t necessarily need to buy all this stuff, you can often find it for rent so the investment cost isn’t as high as you might think. And luckily, we have some items to offer for you!

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Baiting the Crab

You’ve got all your gear and you’re in the right place. Next you need to bait your gear. Fresh bait is best, and you’ve got some options; turkey, chicken mink, fish carcass, shad, herring, clams, and more. Make sure that your bait is secured. One word of warning, you’ll find that some bait attracts seals and sea lions. You can use bait they won’t be interested in like turkey legs or you can put your bait in a bait bag. That wraps up the gear and bait portion of our little tutorial. Check back next time for setting and retrieving your catch.


About Bay Point Landing Luxury RV Resort

At Bay Point Landing Luxury RV Resort, you’ll enjoy an unbeatable view of the Coos River. On this environmentally-friendly property, you’ll find state-of-the-art buildings and amenities such as a heated swimming pool, kids playhouse, well-being center, and events center. Secure your place at www.baypointlanding.com and get ready to go crabbing!

Crabbing at Bay Point Landing RV Resort

One of the great things about being here in the Oregon is that it is a prime location for all sorts of water activities. Of those, one of the most enjoyable is crabbing at Bay Point Landing RV Resort. So, when you’re spending time here you probably ought to give some thought to spending time crabbing over at Coos Bay.

Coos Bay Crabbing

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Crabbing in Oregon is something that can be done year-round, and very rarely will you walk away empty-handed. You don’t need much gear, and that is available for rent at our resort. While boat crabbing increases your chances of a catch, you can also do it dockside.

You can find crab in every Oregon estuary, but Coos, Yaquina, and Tillamook are your best bet. We’re coming into the best season for crabbing, fall. September will show better crab that are more “filled-out.” They’ll have more meat. Low or peak high are your best times to catch crab. If you’re sticking to Coos Bay, you can crab all year round.

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The Regulations

If you want to collect shellfish, you’ll need to get yourself an Oregon Shellfish License. A shellfish license is going to run you $28 as a non-resident. That isn’t too bad, considering you’ll be having fun and you will be catching a meal or two.

You can get a three-day pass for $19, but the difference is slight and the regular one will give you more options. If you’re a uniformed service member the price will drop down to $10.


About Bay Point Landing Luxury RV Resort

At Bay Point Landing Luxury RV Resort, you’ll enjoy an unbeatable view of the Coos River. On this environmentally-friendly property, you’ll find state-of-the-art buildings and amenities such as a heated swimming pool, kids playhouse, well-being center, and events center. Secure your place at www.baypointlanding.com.