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The Tradewinds Whaling Report
The Tradewinds Whaling Report

Current Whale Sightings 2016


Date: Monday, July 25, 2016 at 13:10
Current Report:
So many whales

We were only into the opening cruise of the day but feel confident that I can tell you that there are more whales out there right now then anytime this reporter can remember. When the fishing boats go out in the morning they see a dozen on the way up the line to the fishing grounds. The Meriner our main cruise boat today as we are using three as many people are taking trips today are saying at least a dozen are out pretty much right in front of ther harbor area. Fantastic whale watching and a really nice ocean to watch them in.



Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 14:00
Current Report:
Lots of whales

One of our fishing boats starterd his fishing mission south of the city about a half mile and saw 3-whales between the harbor entrance and the entrance buoy and then 4-more south of the city. Not much was biting so he headed north and saw at least four more north of the city while driving to the fishing spots up north. Lots of whales to see folks.



Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 13:59
Current Report:

The crowds are here this summer...


Are the crowds ever flocking to Tradewinds Depoe Bay (picture above) to go fishing with the best charter fleet on the coast where the skippers take care of the passengers in a 1st class fashion. You won't find that everywhere. The past month the crowds are bigger then at anytime we can remember in the past for our 1st rate fishing trips and whale watch cruises. If you have never given us a try come by and see what we offer at our bridge side office right above the harbor entrance. If you have tried us and gone elsewhere make that comparison and we will see you next chace you come to the coast. Our folks are making that extra special effort to make your charter one to remember (IN A GOOD WAY.)

Whale watching today was teriffic with lots of whales in the area putting on great shows for the folks going with Tradewinds. It is a great time to come down and watch these magnificent creatures in their habitat.



Date: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 15:16
Current Report:
Whales Whales Whales

It seems the official on the boat whale watch report never comes in but the fishing boat chatter was that there were whales everywhere this morning and for that matter for some time now. Reports are that there might be as many whales in the area feeding then in recent memory over the past 10 years or so. Bottom line is the weather is good and if you want to see whales come down to Depoe Bay and go out with us here at Tradewinds.



Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 13:15
Current Report:
Another day...lots of whales

Lots of whales...don't have to say a whole lot more. Also the word out there was a few Humpback whales are being spotted going by so Gray whales as well as Humpbacks. Not unusual to see the Humpbacks this tme of year if they come in close enough to the shoreline.



Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 14:04
Current Report:
Lots & Lots of Whales

No official off-the-boat report today but yesterday and some radio chatter today were saying that they have anywhere from a dozen to 15 whales in the area which is as many as I can remember being in the area at the same time. Depoe Bay is by advertisement is called the "Whale Watching Capitol". Not sure if that is totally true but right now it is really close. Lots of them to see folks.



Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 16:49
Current Report:
Saturday whale report

Like every day this summer the whales were in easy distance from the harbor and in good supply with anywhere from 3-5 whales right near the area. Saw the boats later in the afternoon south of the city viewing them. Seems to be more in numberts this summer then in summers past but don't know that for sure. Just an observation.



Date: Friday, July 15, 2016 at 21:02
Current Report:
Friday whale watch report

Lots of whales out there today with around 7-8 of them really close to the area with some north of the city, some south of the city and a few right out in front of the city. I heard up to 7-8 different whales to view pretty much everywhere you went on a pretty nice Friday afternoon.



Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 13:55
Current Report:
Whales to the south today

The whales were feeding down south of the city this afternoon and even heard a cow and a calf were out there for our passengers to see. Also heard some of the whales down there today were inside of Whale Cove which is a really picturesque spot about a quater mile south of the entrance buoy.



Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 14:26
Current Report:
Tuesday afternoon WW Report

Nothing official coming from the cruise boats but I know the whales are being seen as the fishing boats were seeing them all morning in quite a few different spots during the morning hours. Nice ocean weather and a great time to watch the whales.



Date: Friday, July 8, 2016 at 16:42
Current Report:
Whales real close to home

The whales were being watched right out in front of the harbor entrance today on some of the trips as the Gray whales are obviously finding fertile feeding grounds real close to home..our home of Depoe Bay. They eat hundreds of pounds of little creatures about the size of your fingernail of your thumb maybe even smaller. It takes alot to make those whales to have full tummy's.



Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 16:46
Current Report:
Whale watching along with some wet stuff

It was a little wet out there today as occasional showers were in the area from time to time but the whales were close by the harbor and put on great shows for the folks on the TW boats today.



Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 13:31
Current Report:
Wednesday whale watch report

Lots of whales for the folks to see Wednesday with 3-4 Gray whales south of Depoe Bay and there were at least 3 more north of the city a mile or so. There was one that was swimming north right out in front of the harbor entrance and breached twice in doing so. Quite the sight not only for the whale watch passengers but the fishing boats coming back in from there trips.



Date: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 19:24
Current Report:

July 4th whale watch report


Another good day of whale watching as we celebrate America's birthday. A good number of resident whales feeding along the shorelines around Depoe Bay and very easily found. It gives our passengers lots of time to observe them on the 1-hr trips.



Date: Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 13:17
Current Report:
Sunday July 3rd WW report

This report is not coming from the cruise boat captains but from one of the fishermen. There seemed to be Gray whales pretty much everywhere from right out in front of the harbor to a few places north and south depending on the time of the day as they move around quite a bit. We did have three Orca whales also today as they were moving north pretty quicky but some got the opportunity to see them. There was one huge male, a young one and I am asuming a female also was the other gender. It is so beautiful to see those "killer whales" sliding thru the water as certainly on the very top or very close to the top of the food change in the worlds oceans.



Date: Friday, July 1, 2016 at 14:46
Current Report:
Lots of whales seen from shoreline

The Morning Star is out on his 3rd or fourth trip today and have not heard any official word from him but I know that there are plenty of whales out there. They were seen right outside the channel entrance ot the harbor and both north and south of the city. I am positive the sightings were very good today.



Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 12:19
Current Report:
Lots of whales

After the first whale watch trip today (Thursday) the Mariner reported seeing lots of different whales out there. So they went out and watched one for a while and then went on to the next one, etc. It made for a good day on a nice sunny ocean.



Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 14:04
Current Report:
Whale sightings next to the rocks today

We found the whales today but they were feeding close in next to the rocks so we had good sightings but they were from a little mnore then the distance we are used to. Other then that a good day.



Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 13:13
Current Report:
Whale watch report Tuesday June 28th

Not a whole lot to report except that we are on our 3rd whale watch excursion of the day and have seen excellent whale sightings on all the trips so far. The good thing about summer is that these are our resident or local whales that on the northerly migration drop off here in the Depoe Bay area and spend the whole late spring, summer and into fall with us. Depoe Bay is really lucky as the whales find excellent feeding grounds right here in the Depoe Bay area either right out front or a mile or two in either direction. That makes them really easy to find and we are on them normally within just a few minutes which gives the folks on the 1-hr tours plenty of time to view them. The WW fleet has all of the resident whales named so you will enjoy some of the names given to them as most of them come back to this same area year after year. Summer whale watching only at Tradewinds is the best around.



Date: Monday, June 27, 2016 at 16:57
Current Report:
Good whale sightings Monday

All of the trips out today poroduced good whale sightings with the whales really close to the harbor area which produces lots of the 1-hr trip time to watching them.



Date: Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 14:17
Current Report:
Whaling in the fog

It was foggy out there this afternoon but our experienced Captain Dustin on the Morning Star found them just the same and had good sightings for the folks onboard.



Date: Friday, June 24, 2016 at 16:52
Current Report:
Great day of whale sightings Friday

Lots of whale trips out today and the whales were pretty much everywhere. We found them north and south of the harbor entrance and also right in close to that entrance. Must be at least a half dozen or so in the area the past few days.



Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 15:17
Current Report:
Whales don't mind the rainy weather

The ocean really improved from the start of the fishing trips to the whale watch times with a decent ocean by the noon hour but the wet stuff was still falling out of the sky. We did see whales and those folks who had this day on the calendar to go whale watching braved the rain and got to see what they came for. Tomorrow we are hearing will be a better day which in Oregon is always not a sure thing.



Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 14:07
Current Report:
Beautiful day Tuesday and lots of whale sightings

The Morning Star was out beginning at 11am with good crowds watching the whales and had great sightings on all the trips thus far this day. They were north of the city and on later trips right outside of the harbor entrance on a beautiful blue sky Tuesday ocean weather day.



Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 14:42
Current Report:
Sunday June 19th whale report

We had good sightings with multiple boats out there this aftertnoon. It was a bit on the windy side so some wind chop made things a bit tougher staying with them but all in all a good day. We found them both on the north and the south side of the Deopoe Bay harbor.



Date: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 15:17
Current Report:
Your stuff here

The Morning Star out on the whale watch detail on Friday and had three trips and was seeing good sightings on all of those trips I believe as it appeared that the whale watch fleet was all reporting good sightings. There were some Orca whales and a Humpback whale going by early in the morning some of the fishing boats reported also.



Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 14:17
Current Report:
Lots of whales and real close to home

The whales for two straight hours were right out in front of the harbor entrance swimming around and feeding right next to the rocky shoreline. We also ventured out to see the sea lions on the buoys as they like to sleep on them but the whale action today was very close to the harbor.



Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 17:15
Current Report:
Many whales on Wednesday

Really good sightings today on the whale watch front and to add to the good sightings we also had Humpback whales as part of the show. A few Gray whales and a few Humpback whales for the folks to watch today.



Date: Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 13:57
Current Report:

Not just Gray whales today...also Orca's


Good whale sightings as normal Saturday afternoon with the Gray whales but today proved ot be extra special with a pod of Orca whales steaming by Depoe Bay. Always special when we see those guys.



Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 17:51
Current Report:
Nothing official but....

Don't have an official report on the whale sightings today however I was up on the highway twice this afternoon and noticed our whale watch boat today Mr Max was out right next to the buoy looking at something (I assume whales) and then later he was right outside the channel entrance off to the south 50 yards. He was watching something as I drove by (I assume whales) so I am going to think that it was a good whale watch Thursday.



Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 14:03
Current Report:
WHALES right out front on Tuesday

A touch of a steady breeze out on the ocean waters today but the ocean swell was quite small and the whales cooperated by being really close so the folks had tons of time to view them. The resident whales we were seeing today put on a good show for the folks on the Mr Max and everyone had a good time.



Date: Friday, June 3, 2016 at 17:13
Current Report:
Whales on both trips today

Had good whale watching today on both of our trips out this afternoon and they were really close by so most of the 1-hr trip was spent watching whales instead of trying to find them. Good day....



Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 18:00
Current Report:
Whales and fog

Had good whale sightings on first cruise then the fog came in just as we were getting out on 2nd cruise and could not find one as visibility went down to close to 100 foot or less.



Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 15:36
Current Report:
Whales moved a little south Wednesday

The Morning Star had good whale sightings today on the whale watch runs but had to go about a mile or so south for the best sightings and whale activity.



Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 15:41
Current Report:

What a WHALE of a picture


Go whale watching with Tradewinds and this is what you can expect to see in the picture above. One of our cruise boats the Sunrise out on the whale watch grounds took this picture of a very freindly whale that came right up next to the boat to say hello. Sightings are excellent as our resident/local whales are here and feeding around the area in multiple numbers. They will be here thru the summer so give us a call and come on a whale watch cruise with the very best.



Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 15:39
Current Report:

What a WHALE of a picture


Go whale watching with Tradewinds and this is what you can expect to see in the picture above. One of our cruise boats the Sunrise out on the whale watch grounds took this picture of a very freindly whale that came right up next to the boat to say hello. Sightings are excellent as our resident/local whales are here and feeding around the area in multiple numbers. They will be here thru the summer so give us a call and come on a whale watch cruise with the very best.



Date: Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 14:43
Current Report:
Good whale sightings on Sunday

Have a great Memorial Day weekend folks and we had really good whale watching on Sunday as multiple whales showed up for the hoilday weekend to show there stuff to all of our passengers onboard our boats. It was another great day.



Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 13:06
Current Report:

Great whale watching Saturday


It was a great time out there on the whale watch cruises today onboard the largest whale watch fleet probably on the coast. We had whales right out in front of the harbor all putting on great shows for our cruise passengers. We have four large boats all ready to take you out to see the whales this summer. Unlike other charter houses we normally have plenty of room as we have the capacity to take over 100 people out each hour which is light years more then other charter houses. We have the best rates on the coast and even some coupons you can use off our website to give you and your family a price break. On most days even in the summer you only have to give us a call on the day you want to go and we will have room for you or call a month in advance to reserve. Try that at other spots. See ya this summer.



Date: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 13:48
Current Report:
Good whale watching on Friday

Folks...as we approach this holiday weekend I suggest that if you are considering plans on going whale watching with us to get your reservations in as it is going to be a busy weekend. Lots of folks in town already and will cost you nothing to make a REZ and that way you get the day and time that you desire.

Whale watching today was really good with multiple whales out there feeding along the shoreline pretty much right out in front of the harbor. The weather sounds great so come down and go out on a cruise with us.



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.


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