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The Tradewinds Whaling Report
The Tradewinds Whaling Report

Current Whale Sightings 2016

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 16:08
Current Report:
Lots of whales

Mr Max was out there on the whales today and reported lots of whales in and around the harbor area out in front of Depoe Bay feeding as the resident whales do. They should be here the rest of the summer into the fall.

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 07:54
Current Report:
Nice weather is here

Not only are we forecasted for nice ocean weather thru this holiday weekend but also clear thru into the end of next week as well. Not much wind and very nice ocean swell forecasted thru that entire period. Whale sightings should be great.

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 07:53
Current Report:
Nice weather is here

Not only are we forecasted for nice ocean weather thru this holiday weekend but also clear thru into the end of next week as well. Not much wind and very nice ocean swell forecasted thru that entire period. Fishing should be great and the crabbing is also pretty decent as well.

Inshore Halibut opens up next Wednesday, June 1st. That can be a fun fishery as we have to fish inside 40-fathoms of water for the Halibut but we get to catch some bottom fish on the same trip. The Halibut catching can be hit or miss as not as close to a sure thing like the offshore fishery is but still the chance is there.

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 17:26
Current Report:
Sunday whale report

No official results of the Sunday afternoon cruising but we can tell you this. While driving down the highway in the late morning and early aftertnoon observations out on the water saw quite a few cruise boats of all kinds in one location which one can pretty much assume that the whale watching was really good today. In addition to that while up on the highway watching some of the fishing boats go out this morning right out in front of the city about 50 yards offshore I noticed three Orca whales swimming around more then likely trying to deciide on breakfast for the day. With all of the sea lions out there around the buoys I am sure they found something good to munch on. This is the time of year I believe that if you were looking for Orca whales in this area you might find some swimming by as it is the 2nd time in the past 3-4 days that we spotted some.

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 16:31
Current Report:
Whales on Saturday

Had good whale sightings again on Saturday as the Mr Max reported in that they had good trips and sightings on the ventures out on the waters in the afternoon excursions.

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 14:37
Current Report:
Tuesday afternoon whales

Whale watch trip on Tuesday again produced good whale sightings as the Mr Max again was out there locating them for the folks onboard. The whales are very easily found now that we have our local/resident whales in the area feeding and they will be here thru the 1st half of October.

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 15:46
Current Report:
Friendly whales on Sunday

The Mr Max had good whale sightings today with passengers quite excited when one of them came right up next to the boat. Good day...

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 14:25
Current Report:
A little wet but good ocean and whales

Quite rainy out on the whale grounds Saturday but not neerly as rainy as it was in the morning hours. We are on our 2nd cruise as I write this and we have had good whale sightings on both of the tours so far.

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 13:19
Current Report:
Good Tuesday whale sightings

The Sunrise is out there as we write just to the north side of the harbor entrance watching whales. The fishing boats also saw them on the way up north this morning and all of the ones we are seeing are feeding and not moving north. That might mean that our local / resident whales are here for the summer which are the easier whales to find and to watch.

Date: Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 08:40
Current Report:
A little rough but getting better

The ocean is slowly getting over a few days of windy rough ocean weather but it appears that the weather will be getting better from this afternoon (Sunday) into next week. The winds appear to be way down all of next week and with the low swell predictions also for next week we should begin seeing better conditions for fishing and whale watching.

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 14:23
Current Report:
A little choppy today

Sorry about Thursday whale watching at least I think I'm sorry. Not totally sure if we did go today but kinda doubtful. We are into a windy pattern where we have a few early morning less-windy periods but then by mid-morning they start back in again. The ocean gets quite choppy. This can be a day to day thing so hopefully better tomorrow.

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 14:51
Current Report:
Beautiful ocen weather Sunday and lots of whales to see

The Mr Max reported a beautiful ocean for family whale watching and they did not disappoint with good whale sightings on all three trips today. The resident whales are showing up so should be good thru the summer into the fall season. Next weeks ocean weather looks pretty good so come down and join us.

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 14:50
Current Report:
Good sightings today

Today (Friday) we had really good sightings with the some cows and calves. The whale sightings are still really good even though the migration is slowly beginning to slow down. Don't let that make you sad however because the cows and calves are going by which is really interesting to see and the resident / local whales are dropping off and we will have them around thru the month of October. So the best whale watching is ahead of us.

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 06:52
Current Report:
Tuesday the best day this work week

Unsettled weather this work week with the exception of Tuesday which sounds like a really nice ocean day. By Friday things will begin to settle out with the next week after that looking really nice so hopefully Spring is finally going to arrive.

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 15:44
Current Report:
Good whale watching sorta...

Did not have any cruises today going out but one of the fishing boats reported lots of whales still moving northbound and one was breaching and feeding off the shallow water reefs about 2-miles north of the city.

Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 15:00
Current Report:
Weekend whale update
The Sunrise has been out hunting down the migratory whales this weekend and has had good success both Saturday and Sunday. The better day was Sunday as they were more friendly types and did not mind being around the boats. Some of the whales are more elusive and shy and tend to when going by the boats head off into different directions to hide and not be seen as much. Very typical of many of the pods going by but we did see them both days on our trips.

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 16:40
Current Report:
Some nautical weather the next few days
Today, Wednesday and Thursday look like ocean weather days we don't want to be out on but Friday thru the weekend look much better. We will see you then.

Date: Monday, April 11, 2016 at 15:29
Current Report:
Decent whale watching and the ocean might be changing
Whale watching was good on Sunday but from the reports they were pretty elusive and were doing the best job they could to hide from the boats which they will and can do from time to time. Especially the migratory whales. Monday we are not cruising as the ocean was beginning to build as the ocean weather Tuesday thru Thursday is changing butut that can change so stay tuned.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 16:25
Current Report:
Whales on all the trips Saturday
Good whale sightings all day Saturday after a day off yesterday as the whales are still going by steady and with good numbers.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 16:23
Current Report:
Good fishing with improvement in the crabbing
Did not get a whole bunch of accurate numbers from Saturday morning fishing trips but was told that the fishing totes for the customers were pretty full of fish and that the crabbing came in around 2-3 crabs per person. That was like Friday which is showing improvement over where it was most of the spring so far.

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 13:07
Current Report:
A little windy out there today

The wind came up a little earlier then forecasted and with the wind and choppy seas we made the decision to cancel trips for the day.

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 17:52
Current Report:
Whales sightings teriffic today
The best whale sightings of the year greeted our clients today with as the skipper of the Mr Max said, "there were whales everywhere."

Good Day !!

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 17:53
Current Report:
Three full trips today watching the migratory whales and good sightings on all three trips. The whales put on good performances today with more good weather in the forecast.

Date: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 06:30
Current Report:
Wet & some wind today
Monday seems to be looking like a little wet & windy but it will all be out of here today and nice spring weather is forecasted to be here for the rest of the week.

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 15:40
Current Report:
Whales on the shy side today
Not a whole lot of info today but the first 3-trips or so Saturday we found several pods of whales and saw them spout a few times & then they were hard to find again. Some are more used to boats then others.

Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 15:50
Current Report:
Whalkes out there again today
The northerly migration is in full swing now as the whales are going by Depoe Bay fairly regularily.

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 15:07
Current Report:
Whales on all trips
The Mr Max out on the whale watch circuit today and after two trips out had whales on every trip as they are really going by Depoe Bay in good numbers now. It looks like this is the time to go folks if you have some migratory Gray whale watching on your agenda.

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 15:26
Current Report:
Good sightings today
The ocean weather really improved today and that resulted in good sightings the entire day from what was heard over the radio. It looked like from where the boats were coming from they were a litle ways offshore today.

Date: Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 14:58
Current Report:
Spring Break Week #2
Here we are in the 2nd week of Spring Breaks on the west coast and we had a tough day today where we stayed tied to the docks all day for whale watching. Tomorrow looks like another day like today but then Tuesday thru next weekend looks like clear, dry and sunny weather and right now we are seeing really nice ocean condi tions as well. So we will see you at the Oregon Coast at Tradewinds Depoe Bay for some great whale watching beginning around the noon hour but call the office for exact times and reservations.

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 15:53
Current Report:
Quite a few critters running north
Sounds like there are whales in small pods every which way but the issue that is facing the captains is which way to go and that the whales are staying down for a long timeafter seeing them once and sometimes you can't find them again. Not that iunusual for migratory whales as they are just not as cooperative as residemnt whales are.

Date: Friday, March 25, 2016 at 16:04
Current Report:
Better weather on the way
The weekend looks OK with some wet stuff falling from the sky once in a while but next week after a little hiccup on Monday looks really nice and sunny for the rest of the week into next weekend. Of course around here this winter/spring that is all open to change but at least we have a better looking forecast.

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 06:49
Current Report:
Ocean weather forecast

Possibly tomorrow but better to look towards the weekend as both days look pretty nice.

Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 14:47
Current Report:
Three trips Sunday then the winds came
Not sure what happened on all three trips today but I do know I heard on the radio that there were some whales they were watching only about a mile offshore next to the whistle buoy. They are going by pretty steady right now but we had to quit fairly early in the afternoon as the winds came up pretty heavy which ended our whale watch day.

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 14:05
Current Report:
Much better day of whale sightings Saturday

Two of the best whale finders on the coast today out for Tradewinds and both out at the same time and have had good success in locating ther migratory whales. The years of experience that we have pays off especially when the migration is just beginning and they are not as easy to find. Only one office to go and see the wbales wth if you want the best chance to see them. More trips later in the day.

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 13:16
Current Report:
Northerly migration has begun
Not alot of the Gray whales here yet but they are filtering by in smaller numbers and that will increase as the days go by.

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 10:40
Current Report:
Thursday and Friday look good-Saturday maybe a little wet
Sure looks like nice ocean weather for this time of year thru Friday and Saturday not a bad ocean but might be a little wet. Will keep you up-to-date with a honest weather prediction for your planning.

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 18:14
Current Report:
Later next week weather looking better
Next Thursday, Friday and Saturday from this weather viewpoint looking like the best chance of getting out to do some whale watching. It looks like it will actually be dry weather as well. Will keep you up-to-date as we get closer.

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 07:57
Current Report:
Maybe next Wednesday ocean looking better
Checking out the long range forecast next Wednesday, March 16th is the first day right now the ocean seems to be clearing up from the several weeks of rain, wind and rough ocean weather. After that things look OK for now but to early to make a prediction but at least things are lookiong better. More as we get closer.

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 20:49
Current Report:
To all the folks out in Central Oregon
A great thank you to the great folks out in the Redmond, Oregon and surrounding area for the attendance at the Central Oregon Sportsman Show the past four days. Great attendance and loads of great folks coming up to our booth and wishing us well and looking forward to coming down and going fishing and whale watching with us. A great weekend in Central Oregon.

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 05:27
Current Report:
Sorry Boise
Want to apologize to all our good friends and customers in the Idaho area for not being able to attend the Boise Sportsman Show. This year we just did not have the personal to get there and put on a good show. So, no matter what you "might have heard" we are running strong for this upcoming 2016 season and "WILL" be back to your great area next year. See you this summer.

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 13:40
Current Report:
Not a good weather weekend coming up
Sorry, but we are still a few weeks away from the beginning of the northerly migration and the weather outlook for this weekend and a few days beyond that looks really "nautical". Rain, wind and big swells. Spring is just around the corner and the weather will get better also so stay tuned and we will be the first to let you know when the weather changes.

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 11:40
Current Report:
March 15th - Good date to plan for the northerly migration
Not many if any whales out there at this time as we await the return of the whales on the northerly migration normally beginning around the middle of March. Watch this report and as soon as we begin to see them we will let you know.

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 11:20
Current Report:
Portland Sportsman Show – February 10th thru February 14th, 2016

Tradewinds Whale Watch report back “BIGGER & BETTER” March 1st

Happy New Year folks and the Tradewinds staff hopes to see you at the Portland Sportsman Show only a few weeks away opening Wednesday, February 10th thru Sunday, February 14th at the Expo Center in Portland, Oregon. Drop by our booth and talk with us about some of the terrific changes and specials that will be available for you. This is really going to be a special season @ Tradewinds Depoe Bay.

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Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341


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