2010 Whale Sightings
Date: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 06:56
See ya all again March 1st 2011
Don't forget about the southerly migration beginning in mid-December
We will be back March 1st with our daily whale watch report updates as we will be taking the winter months off and be on vacation. Whale watching if the ocean conditions are nice are very good beginning around the middle of December thru the middle of February and if the ocean weather is good we will be open running trips. This is the time of the southerly migration and the sightings are abundant during this time of year. The office will be open during limited daily hours and if you do not reach someone leave them a message and someone will get back to you in a timely manner. You can also make reservations over this website and they will be turned into the office and they will contact you just like before. We will also be answering any and all inquiries you might have, so if you have questions use the inquiry form provided on our website and you will get your answer most times within just a few hours.
It has been a great year and we will see you in the springtime 2011.
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 15:51
The weather held off just long enough
We were able to get out a whale cruise this afternoon and they are still here. We found whales very easily again today and the folks enjoyed the cruise with multiple whales viewed. Another batch of winter type weather is due in this evening and it is forecasted to rough things up again for the next 3-5 days. Call the office for information on the ocean weather forecast.
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 16:52
The day before more bad weather arrives....
...whales just about everywhere
The whales were pretty much everywhere out there today on a reasonably nice ocean until the wind, rain and choppy water arrived in the middle of the afternoon. So it turned out to be a good day. We have a forecasted weather system hitting the area tonight thru the middle of next week so not sure what the chances are of watching whales tomorrow will be? We will keep you informed as it is a great time to see them because we have more of them here now then we did all summer long.
Date: Friday, October 29, 2010 at 13:43
Whale watching cancelled today
NO boats going across the bar today to watch the whales. It was a bit rough in the bar area and out to the 1st buoy so we cancelled for the day. Tomorrow sounds like a good day and then another winter type storm hits the area on Sunday. So tomorrow is the day and the whales are still here as up to three of them were spotted up on the highway this morning.
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 11:23
No whale watching today ....
...we wil be going tomorrow....
...and YES they are still right out front
Our office had planned to be closed today so after getting out the fishing trip we closed the doors for this day. We will be going tomorrow and the forecast sounds OK for whale watching. Also, the whales are right out in front of the city still as you can actually see them from the highway. Thats OK if you just want to see a puff of vapor when they blow but on the boats you are right up front a and personal with them. See ya tomorrow.
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 12:54
Yes, we did get out today
After close to a week of really bad weather the ocean calmed quite a bit overnight and we got out on some afternoon whale watch trips. Oh YES, the whales are still here and right where they were before the bad weather arrived. Sounds like some OK weather for the next few days with maybe some more wind arriving for the weekend. We will keep you informed.
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 13:12
Still not very nice
Have not seen very many whales out there from the shoreline but that would be difficult anyhow with the large swell and windy conditions. We are still more then likely a number of days away from returning to ocean activities and we will keep you up-to-date as the ocean hopefully gets better.
Date: Monday, October 25, 2010 at 14:26
The BIG question is the weather??
We are in the middle of a MAJOR winter storm even though it is still the fall season. You really don't see them any bigger then this one in the dead of winter. The swell is currently over 30 feet in height and the Coast Guard has reported that all of the bars are closed even for the Coast Guard up and down the entire Oregon Coast. That about says it all and it seems to be a bad forecast for most of this week. We will keep you informed.
Date: Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 14:57
It might even be too rough for the whales !!!
Very hazardous seas are with us now with combined seas over 30 feet. It is quite a day down here. The parking slips along the highway in town here are full with storm watchers. It is quite spectacular today. Anyhow, we are doing nothing today and probably will not here for a few more days. We will let you know.
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 12:51
The whale will be fine....
....but NO boats will be going out to see them for the next few days
If you have any reservations for fishing or whale watching for the next several days please call in advance or email us here at Tradewinds for updates. The weather forecast is calling for very (VERY) heavy seas with lots of wind and heavy rain thru at least Monday. We will certainly let you know when things begin to improve
Date: Friday, October 22, 2010 at 16:53
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Date: Friday, October 22, 2010 at 16:51
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Date: Friday, October 22, 2010 at 06:34
The whales are here but the weather does not look good
No trips out Thursday or today it looks like as we have the beginning of a series of storms approaching the coastal area and it is expected to keep the ocean quite rough for several days. The weekend does not sound good but things do change so keep in touch with us
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 16:56
No whaling today
Rough seas in the morning gave way to informing folks that it might be rough all day. Not exactly what happened as it did clear a little later in the day but was a marginal day at best. Hopefully tomorrow is better.
Date: Monday, October 18, 2010 at 14:22
More whales and very easy to find
This is a little redundant day after day here lately but the whale watching remains so very good as we find them so quickly and they are putting on great shows. There is obviously just a ton of feed in the area for them to be feeding on and they are so almost tame to the boats that they just go about their business right next to the boats. They actually swim right up next to the boats if there is feed in the area which their obviously is. It is a great time to be here or to make plans to come down and see them.
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:08
Whales here and Whales everywhere
Another beautiful day to watch whales on a simply perfect ocean. There was bright sunshine, no wind and lots of whales to view. They were both north and south of the harbor today.
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 12:50
Another good for whales
A little bumpy out on the ocean today but plenty of whales to watch to keep everyones mind off of that. They are still real close and we are next to them within minutes of leaving the harbor. Sunday and Monday are suppose to be better weather days with lots of sunshine.
Date: Friday, October 15, 2010 at 13:55
Two trips today and lots of whales
......great weather for the weekend and into next week
Two trips out today and we had whales in the same spot as they have been for the past several weeks and they are indeed putting on great shows. The weather for the weekend sure sounds good with swells down to the four foot range so the forecast says. Should be a great weekend and remember historically we are down to the last couple of weeks for good whale watching before they begin to head south.
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 13:52
Lots of WHALES....a little FOG
We took one trip out today as the crowds especially during the work week are beginning to scale down which is normal for this time of year as we get closer to winter and the end of the summer whale season. It normally ends around the end of October when the whales seem to begin to venture away from the area. Not always the case but historically it seems to be that way most of the time. For the time being however there are many of them in the area as there were 3-4 whales from what I heard from listening to the radio right off of south point today. They were just swimming in circles as it was described going down and feeding off the bottom. Great sightings!!!
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 12:47
Whales still here!!
As we see in the next few weeks the end of October coming up which historically signifies the end of the whale season until Christmas time we have some of the best sightings of the year. As I have spoke about in the past our June, July and part of September was slim pickings for sightings as we always had one around someplace but very rarely multiple whales to view. Since about Labor Day we have had great sightings with up to 5-6 whales in the immediate area for some of the best whale watching of the year. Everything seems to be backwards this year with salmon arriving late, the Tuna arriving late and the whales arriving late. Some years are like that fro what they tell me.
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 14:58
The whales are still here
The whales continue to be here in good numbers and they are right out in front of the harbor about a half mile out. Good ocean conditions today and the whales are putting on great shows as they feed in the reefs right next to Depoe Bay.
Date: Monday, October 11, 2010 at 15:24
We did get out today.....
had a great group of German students overseas trip to America.....
It was a GREAT time.....
By the way...there were loads of whales!!
Had around thirty German students traveling overseas to America and one of their stops was at Tradewinds Charters to go out and see the whales. It was a little rough the first half mile or so but once we got out to the 200 yards or so it was a very nice ocean. Besides we could not discourage those kids most of them being girls. We saw loads of whales on a bright sunny windless day.
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 15:39
No whaling today
Kinda rough out there today so we all stayed home and are hoping for better weather tomorrow.
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 15:43
No whale watch today as slow moving storm finally arrived
The past few days the morning weather was not what the forecast said it was going to be and even this morning the fishing boats only after much thought cancelled the trips. Now there is no doubt about a no GO or NO GO as this storm which was predicted a few days back is here. Basically what that means is no whale watching today and tomorrow will be doubtful before the weather begins to get better next week.
Date: Friday, October 8, 2010 at 14:50
It held off just long enough....
The weather held off just long enough for us to get one whale watch trip in today and we did find whales about a half mile south of the harbor. Not as many out there in our area as yesterday but upwards of 2-3 of them. The wind is starting to blow now so it looks like the forecast which is about 15 hours late is here for a few days. We shall see.....
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 18:37
We did get out once between the calm and the storm
As we await a pre-winter weather system to hit the coast tonight and forecasted thru the weekend we did get out on one whale tour today and there were upwards of five whales within a stone throw distance of each other. The ocean cooperated and the folks onboard had a good time.
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 13:31
Nice day to be on the ocean waters....
and the whales are here in bunches
It was a warm sunny day and the ocean conditions were close to perfect for viewing the many-many whales we have in our area. Was talking with someone yesterday about the abundance of whales that we have in the area now as opposed to the very few we had during the majority of the summer months. One theory is that there was NO feed here for them but in my thoughts about the summer there was plenty of food but still NO whales. The new theory which makes sense is that the water was so cold this summer and maybe they just stayed further South of our area to find not only feed but some warmer water to swim around in. Sounds good to me as now we have water temps in the middle to upper 50's and here they are in good numbers closer to what we are used too.
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 15:11
Lots of whales but a little harder to see today
There are still around a half dozen whales right out in front of the city about a half mile out but to get to them today you had to get close to the breaking waves. So, we stayed out a little further to watch the whales today. They are here and we did see lots of whales and lots of whale backs and a few tails. The weather tomorrow and Thursday appears to be better.
Date: Monday, October 4, 2010 at 16:43
Best whale watching of the year is right now
For what ever reason and I think that reason is the abundance of feed in the area the whales are here in big numbers. If you want to see many-many different whales all in an area of a half mile of each other now is the time to come down and take advantage of the spectacular whale watching we have right now. There is one whale for the last four consecutive days who is right out in front of the harbor about a half mile and is obviously feeding there but does circles around the boats if you just sit there and watch. Have some good weather on tap for the next few days so if you don't have to work it is a good time.
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 16:46
No whales today because it was too rough to get out to see them
The time of year when we have some really rough ocean periods along with stretches of good weather is here. The ocean was very rough today so we had nothing going out but by Tuesday things should be much better and it actually looks kinda nice after that for a few days. In other words it is day to day so keep in touch with us
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 16:16
What a WHALE of a show!!!
The best show of 2010 was put on by the WHALES today. We believe it or not had upwards of 7-8 of the critters within a half mile of the channel entrance and they were really into the entertainment business today. There was one of our fishing boats who saw one while coming in from the fishing grounds about 300 yards out from the channel entrance and he came to a complete stop for around five minutes as the whale actually swam around the boat. The whale for anyone who dared was almost close enough to reach out and stroke his back. He never touched the boat but swam right under it twice. He was never more then a few feet under the water. It was quite a show and from what I heard the same show was repeated all afternoon.
Date: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 12:42
Lots of whales in and around the harbor today
We did get one whale watch adventure out today and finding the whales was not hard at all as we had 4-5 of them within a half mile of the harbor entrance. As soon as you crossed the bar there were two within stone throwing distance and then three more out by the 1st buoy. You could not get close to the ones right next to the entrance as it was pretty rough in there but once you got out to the 1st buoy things were just fine. Great whale watching today with lots of tail shots.
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 14:34
No whale tours today
It was still a little lumpy out there so we cancelled the whale tours for the day. Tomorrow and Saturday sound much better.
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 14:51
Still a little bumpy....
The swell was moderate then some wind came up around mid-day so we did not run a whale watch adventures today. Beginning tomorrow the swell will be down to a decent level and we should be OK thru the weekend according to the forecast.
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 12:07
No whale watching today
It was just too rough and besides that it was very foggy today so it was a good day to just throw the towel in for the day. Things do sound better beginning tomorrow.
Date: Monday, September 27, 2010 at 12:39
Whale watch trips out today
Well we surprisingly did get out today as the ocean came down quite a bit and we got a couple whale watch trip to go on a beautiful sun drenched day. The ocean really was not bad at all and yes, we did find them and got to see them perform.
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 15:59
Better weather on the way
Monday and Tuesday look a little on the nautical side weather speaking with some moderate seas and occasional rain coming down to get your head wet. It seems to all go away starting on Wednesday with swells down in the 6-7 foot range and better from Thursday and beyond. So there you have it. A little preview of a winter storm in here today thru Tuesday and then more like fall weather back with us after that.
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 09:20
No whale watching today....
....heavy seas in the area
No ocean activities for this day as we have very heavy seas on the ocean waters and expect it to last for a few days. We will let you know when things improve.
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 16:00
Whales sometimes find the "honey hole" as well
The whales we were able to view today on our whale watch adventures were in the exact same spot all day long. That turned out to be a good thing as the ocean outside was rather pleasant but if you had to get to close to shore the growing swell made it almost impossible to get in there. The whales cooperated all day long by staying in the same spot which was a nice safe spot about three quarters of a mile offshore outside the swells which were breaking. Good behavior by the whales on some days is a good thing.
Date: Friday, September 24, 2010 at 17:01
Too rough today to get out
Tomorrow sounds really nice
Sunday into the middle part of next week sounds not-so-good
Could not get out of the harbor today as we had a rather large swell come into the area overnight which cancelled everything today. Saturday really sounds pretty nice but if you have any plans of going whale watching you'd better get it done tomorrow because beginning Sunday things by the ocean forecast really fall apart.
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 15:33
Good thing todays whale watchers came early
Had over a hundred wale watchers scheduled for 11am and they came an hour early....that turned out to be a good thing as about half way thru the trip the rain and the wind came. Lots of whales again today for the folks to watch but the 2nd half of the trip after the weather changed was not much fun even though they said they had fun....so it must have been (fun). Better weather so the folks at the weather bureau say for Saturday.
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 07:32
Best whale day of the year
The whales were everywhere yesterday with I believe upwards of 6-7 of them in the immediate area with 2-3 north of the harbor and 3-4 down south of the harbor. Either direction you happened to go you were going to find playful whales giving tail shots while they were feeding in the nearshore areas around the Depoe Bay area. Seems to be more growing kelp in the area now which I have always thought was a good source of where whale food seems to be. This spring and the first part of summer there was none visible around the area and now it seems to be growing in many places. Anyhow the bottom line is that "NOW" seems to be a great time and the best time of this year to come down and view the whales.
Date: Monday, September 20, 2010 at 15:02
A whaling we will go
Had a few trips out today after a windy morning things cleared up and we got out and watched whales for the afternoon. The whales were north of the city today about a mile or so and it looks like good weather the next three days for you mid-week whale watchers.
Date: Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 14:29
We got a couple whale watch trips today
Before the wind came up early on in the afternoon we were able to get a few whale watch trips out. They were really close to the buoys right out in front of the harbor. Because of this they were easy to find and we were on them very quickly. The fog and the wind came in around 2pm so that was the end of the whale watch activity for the day.
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 14:21
Whales still hanging around
There are still whales out there as some of the Highway 101 crowd was up on the sidewalks watching them earlier this morning from afar so they are still around and feeding in our area. A little drizzly but a little wet hair never hurt anything.
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:17
Rainy and windy today
I'm taking a chance here that we more then likely will not be running whale watch scenic cruises today before the first trip even is suppose to take off. The ocean is not bad at all but it is windy and it is very wet today. All of this is suppose to be out of here tomorrow and the weekend looks really nice with nice ocean conditions and the wind and rain out of here.
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 13:12
Today's whale report....
...more whales in the area
....and then there were three. For the longest time we had only one whale here and then another friend showed up and today another. There were three whales in our area today which means that the word is out to other whales that there is a whole lot of food here for them. So they are arriving in larger numbers. There were two of them feeding north of the harbor and another one just south a ways from the Depoe Bay entrance buoy. More food means more whales so maybe we might before to long get back to our normal number of residents in our are before fall is over. Lets hope so.
Date: Monday, September 13, 2010 at 13:30
Whales here every day
Hard to come up with some information for you out there as every day the past month seems to be exactly the same. The whales are there, they are very close to the harbor and we get to them very quickly. We sometimes run 2-hr trips but are basically running only 1-hr trips here the past month or two as finding them and getting to the point of viewing them takes about 5-10 minutes at best. It is just a really good time to view the whales and the weather is just beautiful and the ocean is flat.
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 17:45
Whales here again today
Lots of whale watch scenic cruises and whales to watch on all of them I was told so another great day on a picture perfect ocean. That picture perfect ocean is suppose to be with us for the remainder of this week the scheduled forecast says so another good week of whales to be seen thru the week. Come on down and go out with us.
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 14:16
Good whale watching today
Not a great deal of specific information available to me today but I do know that there are whales out there and that we have seen them on both trips so far today on a perfectly beautiful ocean. The boats appeared to be about three quarters of a mile offshore watching them. You can pretty much count on them being here just about every day now as we get into the fall months. Usually around the end of October they begin to leave. There is still lots of time to get down here and watch our Gray whales do there thing.
Date: Friday, September 10, 2010 at 12:45
Whales are right out in front today
The whales watchers got almost the full hour once again watching our resident whales as they were right out in front of the harbor about a half mile out. So it was 56 minutes of whale watching and four minutes of travel time for our guests today. The weather for this weekend sounds really good so if you want to watch whales on a flat ocean now be the time.
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 14:22
Looked like the whales were surrounding the #1 buoy about a half mile offshore as I drove by above on the highway so they are sticking to their cruise schedule of being close by so we can get to them quickly and give the folks a full hour of viewing them. Very nice cooperative whales. Nice day as well as it looks like the rest of the work week and the weekend looks inviting. The coast is still nice and cool and a great place to come and visit and as long as you are here come view the whales.
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 06:11
Whales still out there close by
Still our whales are in the area and feeding on the reefs surrounding the Depoe Bay area. The weather is really good so it is a great time to bring all your family and friends down to see them in their feeding habitat. We are selling 1-hr trips only this time of year because they are so close and we are out close by to watch them in minutes.
Date: Monday, September 6, 2010 at 14:43
Happy Labor Day
It is the unofficial end to summer
Yes, we had a good whale day today
The whales are still here and putting on good shows on one of the nicer oceans of the summer. The ocean was flat, the winds were calm and the sunshine was on the waters and this made it easy to find the feeding whales. We will have good whale watching clear thru the end of October so come on by and take in a trip. We will be open 7-days a week thru the month of October.
Date: Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 14:52
Holiday whales on view today
It is a beautiful day along the Oregon Coast today and the ocean is nice and the whales are out there once again. The weather tomorrow is forecasted to be another nice day as well as the ocean weather so another good day to comedown and view the Gray whales in their feeding habitat. Good family entertainment for the final day before school begins.
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 17:10
Whales on all the trips today
Lots of trips today and the whales were out there for all of them on a really nice sun drenched day on a nice ocean. The whales were moving back and forth from the north side to the south side feeding along the rocky shores around Depoe Bay. The weather sounds really good for the rest of the holiday weekend so come down and join us.
Date: Friday, September 3, 2010 at 16:27
Whales here again today....Ho-Hum
Actually it is great we have whales every day. We are suppose to this time of the year. They should be here clear thru October. So I hope every day I can say Ho-hum they are here again today and they are putting on really good shows.
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 19:17
Weather for the holiday weekend for whale watching looking great
Whales spotted on all the trips today
Should be a great weather for the holiday weekend so as we bring summer to a close come on down and take the family out on a whale watch trip. The whales are out there and we have had great sightings here now for several months. It is great family fun and not hard on your wallet. See ya this weekend.
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 15:55
We took the day off
No whale watching today as we dealt with the fog, rain and moderate swell today. We will be back at tomorrow.
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 14:47
One trip today...then it rained
We did get one trip in today before the rains began to fall and the whales were there for the folks to see. Not much information only that they are still here in the area feeding on the grounds that keep them coming back every year. Must be something good to eat here for them?
Date: Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 13:09
Whales right out in front of the harbor
The whale watching was good today and not far to go. They were only about a half mile out straight out in front of the sea wall. Does not take long to get to them when they cooperate like that.
Date: Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 13:07
Salmon still on the bite
....botom fishing and crab good today
....Tuna being caught 45 miles offshore
Not a great deal of specific information available but the salmon action was really good again today with lots of action and a good number of take home fish. There are also a good number of throw backs as well but the action has been consistent for the past three plus weeks. It looks like it will be good fishing right up to the season closure day next Monday, Labor Day, September 6th. So get down here for the final week of salmon fishing for the 2010 season.
The bottom fishing from the accounts that I heard was decent fishing after a rather slow day on Saturday. The crabbing has remained consistent for the past six weeks and we still have until October 15th to toss pots for you guys on the bottom fishing trips.
Not much information about the Tuna trip today other then that fish were being caught but at the 45 mile mark offshore.
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 17:13
Whales in the area
Not much to report but I do know that there were whales in the area today. The coastline had a little swell to it during the day so if they were sticking close in to the shoreline they may have been a little tough to get close to. The good news is they are still here as they have been now for the better part of six weeks or so.
Date: Friday, August 27, 2010 at 18:11
Whales northerly today
From my observation out on Highway 101 today I saw the whale watch machines out on the north side of the harbor about a half mile out. They were all there grouped together so there had to be whales there. Sure was a nice day to watch them also.
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 13:36
Same ol' whale watching
My description above was from one of the skippers suggesting that we have the same 1-3 whales here everyday now. A normal summer would find us watching a half dozen to a dozen different ones but this summer was different like many other things. At least we have these that have been pretty steady so we go out and watch them. They are good whales and most of the time put on a good show for the folks.
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 14:02
Foggy, windy, and a little cold
...but there be whales
The whales were on the north side of Depoe Bay today but we limited the cruises to just two of them due to some not so pleasant conditions. All should be better for tomorrow.
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 14:09
There out there again.... I think?
Was really busy on my office imposed off day today doing very important matters at hand. The cruise boats were headed out two and three at a time from our office full of whale watchers so I can only assume that they were out there watching whales. I can pretty much predict that to be the case because normally after the first trip if the word is out that there are no sightings the numbers go down instead of multiple boats on duty. The back-up boat to the back-up boat was even busy serving as the back-up to the back-up. Think about all of that!!
Date: Monday, August 23, 2010 at 16:24
Nice day to whale watch.....
until the wind started blowing
The whales were up north and then they were down south and then the winds came up in the middle of the afternoon. That is when we stopped whale watching. Up till that time the sightings were good and the whales put on a good show for the passengers on board.
Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 19:19
First trip we saw FOG
Rest of trips we saw whales
Weird day today. Beautiful sunny skies a mile offshore but the late morning hours were nothing but FOG. By the 2nd trip things cleared out beautifully and the whales were there for us to watch. Good day.... Also pods of Humpback whales were going by offshore but they were to far out to take the cruises out there. Hopefully they will come closer to shore in the next few days.
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 19:01
Whales in the area today
Good whale watching today but (sorry) I do not have much information except that there were multiple whales being observed. They seem to be finding food in the area which is what keeps them here.
Date: Friday, August 20, 2010 at 16:33
Not much information but we saw whales all day long
Did not hear much specific information about the cruise day other then there were whales seen on all the cruises. I saw the skipper and that is what he told me. So it must be true!
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 17:14
Salmon fishing as good as it has been all summer
Now is the time to GO
Bottom fishing and crabbing good again
The salmon have finally showed up and they are here right now in good numbers. It is not lights out fishing but it is steady and tons of fun. The fish are BIG and powerful. If you get a little lucky on the adipose fin craziness you will be taking home some fish. It is right now what we expected in June and July. Last time I looked a few days back we only had taken 19% of the quota so look for the season to run till the end date in September.
Bottom fishing was steady again today with mostly boat limits on the rockfish but the Lingcod bite right now remains a little on the pokey side. The crabbing is crazy with one boat bringing in 109 keepers today. Thats crazy and everyone on the boat took home 6-7 giant ocean crabs.
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 17:01
There are still here. Sure is nice to have them in the area every day like it has been the past month or so. It is a great time to come down and take in a trip and also see the sea lions, harbor seals, marine birds, harbor porpoise and all of the other marine life out there. It is a great fun trip for the family and no one runs the tours like Tradewinds can. The ocean right now is really nice.
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 17:17
Whales to the south today
The whales today were found down south of the harbor on a very clear day as the fog totally cleared out which means the heat wave in the valley must have slacked off a bit. Not knowing that for sure that is normally what that means. When it is really hot across the coast range then we get fog. No fog today. Beautiful ocean and whales to watch.
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 17:34
Whales really close by...really close....
and it was a good thing
Funny how things just work out really well sometimes in a lucky fashion. It was really foggy this afternoon for the cruise day. You could only see about a quarter mile offshore from the entrance to Depoe Bay. That is bad for going out there and finding whales. Unless.....the whales are right next to the entrance. That is what happened. They were so close we did not have to worry about the fog and going out in it. The whales were there really close so we saved fuel and just watched whales.
Date: Monday, August 16, 2010 at 18:37
Good whale watching again today
Whales on all the trips today and one of the trips they were so close as soon as you left the bay you made a right turn and there was the whale right in front of you. Now is a greta time to come down and go with the whale watch fleet which does the job better....Tradewinds Depoe Bay.
Date: Monday, August 16, 2010 at 18:35
Bottom fishing really good today
Crabbing AGAIN spectacular
Salmon fishing not to bad
How weird is salmon fishing? The best time to salmon fish is normally in the morning hours historically. I have been fishing salmon for many years and for the first time I have seen a string of days lately where it seems to be better right now in the afternoon hours. The morning boats did not do as well as the afternoon salmon boats did. It has been a strange summer in some respects.
Bottom fishing was really good this morning as it was one of those mornings for a few of the boats that if you had three hooks on you were pulling up three fish at a time. The crabbing....really ..really.. good. Two of our crab boats had 60-70 keeper crabs on board per boat. Good day...........
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 19:03
Whales and more whales
The skipper of the Tradewinds cruise boat said today he didn't know how many whales there were in the area. They seemed to find them everywhere today so unless the few we have had here all summer were moving quickly from place to place there seem to be multiple whales here now. The ocean and and the weather is great so it is a good time to go.
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 19:04
Lots of cruises
& whales on all of the trips
Lots of people on the cruises today as we were cruising today pretty much till the 6pm hour as there were plenty of people wanting to go. We actually ran 8 trips out there today with whales seen on all of the cruises. I heard on most of the cruises it was just one whale but he was in some kind of a good mood today and put on a good show all day for the folks.
Date: Friday, August 13, 2010 at 17:25
Whales found in the fog.....
and then when the fog went away also
No whales on the first trip then they were located in the fog on the 2nd trip and then all of the trips after that we had whales in our sights. More Humpback whales also were spotted by fishing boats offshore on the morning fishing trips. When they start to migrate in a little closer we will be running out there for afternoon sightings.
Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 18:10
Whales on most of the trips today
The whales are here in the area but today we had a cranky little swell all day long and it was difficult some times to get in where the whales were because of that swell. We did find them every trip except for one as we ran four trips out today. There were also some Humpback whales offshore a few miles and one trip saw them really close to the shoreline today.
Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 18:08
Yes, there was fog
Yes, there were whales
Don't have a lot of information on todays activities but I do know there were whales spotted to the north side of the harbor and one trip they were right out in front of the channel entrance to Depoe Bay. The fog was not all that thick so the sightings were really easy to spot and maintain.
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 17:35
Whales feeding all over our area
There were whales to the north of the harbor and there were whales to the south of the harbor. There was also one found right out in front of the harbor and all three where ever we found them were engaged in some pretty heavy feeding. Most of the ones found today were tight next to the rocks. Any people on the rocks if they dare to be on those rocks could almost reach out and touch one of them. It was a good day and the weather was near perfect. The weather forecast for the next five days is about the same as well.
Date: Monday, August 9, 2010 at 16:41
North & South
Whales in the area north of the city about a mile and a even better whale (performance standards) about two miles south of the harbor. It was a good day. No fog, calm seas and whales to be seen.
Date: Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 15:16
The return of the whales
after a one day absence
Just a weird summer. After a two week span of whales every trip the whales were no where to be found yesterday. Today they were back . Where they got off to no one knows? Anyhow all the folks were glad to have them back as they put on a good performance on all of our trips today. Our salmon boat saw a pair of Humpback whales (he guesses) about six miles offshore today as well.
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 17:32
Not a whale day today
After all the bragging I did yesterday about the whales were finally here for a good number of days today they just were not in our area. Beautiful conditions but they obviously moved elsewhere but with the food source finally here they will be back. We did see some offshore from the offshore boats and there was one up North that the inshore fishing boats saw but that was todays action.
Date: Friday, August 6, 2010 at 16:09
Again..."Thar Be Whales"...Again
It is so nice to write this every day even if it has only been for a week or so now knowing that I can report whale sightings. Heard one person who knows about whales remark that there was a bunch of the small shrimp type things that the whales love to eat and plenty of it the area today. That is a good sign as that is what brings the whales here and obviously it has been missing for part of the summer. So the shrimp things (micet shrimp & pardon the spelling)can stay here in the Depoe Bay area as long as they want.
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 16:43
Whale watching really good today
Finally we can talk about multiple days and multiple whales in the same breath. Things here the past week have been really good for good weather to watch whales, less fog so they can't hide and multiple sighting thru the day for the folks to see.
We mainly run 1-hr trips in the summer because of two reasons. One the whales are very close by and we are on them within minutes of leaving the harbor. So you have a good long look at them during the trip. The 2nd reason is to save you a few bucks on your debit card or wallet. However if you want a longer trip (2-hr marathons) we will work hard to put one together for you so "YOU" our passengers can spend more time with the whales. This on the safest fleet of whale watch boats on the Oregon Coast.
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 14:46
"Whales there be"
The folks boarding groves
Not only have there been whales here recently but now we have them in multiples which is normally a every day happening but this summer has been a little different. Maybe summer has just started for several reasons. There seem to be more whales here now and also the folks are here in huge numbers to go out and see them. In the past six days more then 600 of "the faithful" have boarded the Tradewinds fleet to go and see them perform. Thank you to the whales and the people buying those tickets.
More good news: There is still lots more room so come on down. We are running three boats today on a simply beautiful ocean.
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 15:45
"There she blows"
Yes, we have whales today as they decided to show up and perform for the folks all day. It was a beautiful ocean as the morning fog was gone by cruise time and the performance was on.
Date: Monday, August 2, 2010 at 15:46
It's been day to day....
sometimes hour to hour
It has been quite the summer thus far no matter if we are talking about the weather, the fishing or the whale watching. During the summer months for as many years as I can remember the whale sighting here are almost without question that we would see them. This summer is like some of the fishing summers I have seen rarely when the fishing is not quite as good. This summer it is the whales. Not only has it been day to day seeing whales but at times we see them one trip and not the next and then we see them the next trip. Where they go is anyones guess? Every day is different and our skippers work harder then anyone to find them and give our folks the best trip possible and every trick is pulled out of the hat to find them. Day to day, hour to hour....
Date: Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 18:34
Whales late in the day
....but not the first part of the day
Just to let you know just how interesting whale watching can be as far as finding them we had great whale watching the last cruises of the day but could not find them the first part of the cruise day. The truth is they were probably there all along but when they want to hide I guess they can. How were they ever almost hunted to extinction? So the folks on the first cruises didn't see them perform but the folks on the last cruises did. It was not very nice of them today to hide. It has been a strange whale watching summer.
Date: Friday, July 30, 2010 at 15:34
Not sure what the cruise whaling was like?
I know there were a few whales in the area as we saw them on the fishing trips around the areas where the cruise boasts go in the morning hours. Never heard about what the cruise boats saw today but there were a few in the area.
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 17:33
Yes, we did have whales today
Except for one trip today we had whales in the area and feeding which is a good sign as the food is what keeps them in the area. Lets hope that they stay in the area for along time to come.
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 17:23
Not much to report on the whale front today
Never really got a report on the whale sightings today but did not hear that they saw any or didn't either. Try to get a more accurate report tomorrow for you. Sorry!!!
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 15:35
No whales today
Better weather but were not able to find any of the whales today but there was lots of action out there. Tons of sea lions in weight as well, lots of harbor seals, the sea birds were everywhere and we even had the US Coast Guard buoy tender there lifting buoys out of the water out in front of Depoe Bay replacing them. How a 50 foot charter boat looks so small next to that Coast Guard ship!!
Date: Monday, July 26, 2010 at 18:07
No whales today
...but weather beautiful tomorrow...
finding them will be easier
Two tripos out today but a moderate swell did not allow us to explore some of the prime time spots but tomorrows a different story. Great weather is store and swell will be down and visibility will be much better so looks like a great day to spot whales. See ya tomorrow.
Date: Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 15:40
No whale watch boats today
Foggy conditions that came in late morning caused us to cancel the whale watch excursions. The whales are right up next to the shoreline this time of year and getting that close to the shoreline in a moderate swell and foggy conditions was not a good idea the skippers decided piloting the trips today. The heat is moving out of the valleys so that means less wind and fog for the coastline for tomorrow.
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 16:20
Windy - Foggy - No Whale Watching
We did not have any boats out today whale watching as all trips were cancelled for the day due to very rough ocean conditions let alone pea soup fog. Not a good day. We are hoping for better conditions tomorrow.
Date: Friday, July 23, 2010 at 14:55
Windy, choppy day
We ran a few trips out there today on a windy-0choppy ocean. Did not hear the official report as I was stuck doing other things but it might have been a tough day to spot whales with all the wind. We will see how the weekend plays out and will report back tomorrow.
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 17:05
Whales not to be seen on this day
The whales for the first day in quite a while hid the entire day. It was a little hard to get into some of those spots they like as we had a rather tricky little swell out there today and then the afternoon wind did not help matters. Tomorrow is another day.
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 18:21
Whales on most of the trips today
We found whales to the north of Depoe Bay on some of the trips and found them to the south as well. One of the cruises we did not see any at all. There one trip gone for the next. It was a pretty good day however on a very nice ocean and we were able to locate them the majority of the time.
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 06:46
Multiple whales in the view of our passengers today
Good whale watching today and good performing whales in the area today as well. All of our trips saw whales as they were right out in front of the harbor feeding in and around the kelp beds and the inner reefs. Good weather forecasted right into the weekend so come on down and take in the good weather and excellent whale watching. Take a look at our website coupon link for some super savings for the family on the whale watch boats.
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 17:14
Whales north and south
Gray whales inshore....Humpback whales offshore
Great whale watching today with whales north of the harbor, south of the harbor and west of the harbor.. The weather sounds great for the next 5-6 days so it is a great time to come down and see the whales. The Humpbacks are going by as well as there was a pod of 3-4 offshore today about 3-5 miles moving by and they are always worth the trip out to see these guys. They really put on the ultimate show.
Date: Friday, July 16, 2010 at 16:24
There were whales but had to keep our distance
The whales were certainly around the area today but with the swell around eight foot we had to keep a healthy distance away from them and even further then legally we have to because of that swell. So we viewed from a distance on this day. The whale watch weather beginning tomorrow (Saturday) looks much improved for closer viewing.
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 19:16
No whale report today
The fog went away and the ocean came down a bit but the wind was still blowing quite strongly with lots of white caps so finding the whales was more then likely quite difficult. Things begin to calm down wind wise this weekend so we will be finding them once again.
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 18:21
Only one whale watch trip today
Too much wind, fog and rough seas today forced us to cancel our cruising after just one trip today. The whales were out there as the fishing boats saw them quite a few times in the morning but when the fog moved in and the winds increased it was just not cruising weather. Hopefully it will be much better tomorrow.
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:26
Whales were found even on the large swell
There was a large lazy swell out there on the waters today which did not allow us to get in too close to look for them. We found them (it was a her?) anyhow. She put on a decent show today and then went into the surf and we lost her. Every trip though we found her again. A little lucky whale watching today with the swell difficulty but we got the job done for the folks.
Date: Monday, July 12, 2010 at 17:34
Whales still here and they are "GOOD" whales
The whales are out there feeding and they are putting on good shows for the passengers on our boats. Trips normally start at 11am and run thru the day as long as we have folks wanting to go. There has been great interest here lately with the whales performing well so reservations are not needed but are helpful to you so you get the day and time that you want. Heard someone say out on the water today that they had a "GOOD" whale. Not quite sure what that means??
Date: Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 15:49
Not sure what happened today
It was certainly a nice day to watch whales as the ocean was very nice with just a gently breeze in the afternoon under overcast skies. There was not any word which made it my way so I don't have a whale report today. I do know that we have had good whale sightings most of the last week or two so i suspect today was the same.
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 19:41
Whales in the area feeding
The whales are here now and in the area feeding which is a good sign as it is the feed they look for which keeps them here. Whale sightings and whale performances on all the trips today.
Date: Friday, July 9, 2010 at 19:00
Whales on all of the trips
Despite fog in the area for half of the day we ran about eight whale watch trips today and were able to locate and have good sighting on every one of those trips. By 2pm the sky cleared away and we had great conditions for the rest of the afternoon. Good sightings and the whales performed well for our guests.
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 13:19
Whales reported in the area but the fog is not cooperating
With the heat in the valley as high as it is many people are whale watching but finding them has been tough today. One was spotted for a few minutes but the fog is very thick. The fog on the north side of the harbor is not a problem as it is clear. Guess which side of the harbor the whale was reported?
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 17:38
The whales are there but could you see them?
The whales were seen in the morning hours by the fishing boats on the way to the fish grounds but when the cruise boats started could you still find them? The answer to that is a question that I am not sure of but I can guarantee you that if the heavy fog which blanketed the area in the late morning did not come we would have seen them. When the valley is hot like it is then we most always get foggy days here or at least partial foggy days. Rest assure they are here now feeding in our waters close to the shoreline so if the fog does not get us you will be seeing them on a Tradewinds cruise.
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 00:08
Whales to watch on all of our outings today
Only one whale was needed today as we kept going back to the same spot each trip and there it was. It was a good performing whale I was told so why go anyplace else. Nice ocean out there so a good time for all as we seem to have whales in our are now that are sticking around.
Date: Monday, July 5, 2010 at 19:13
Whaling a little slower today on our first trips out
Not sure what happened on the afternoon trips but our morning venture was slow on finding whales as there was a little wind chop nearshore today which made finding them difficult. I was not able to get any of the afternoon information but the day before we had five whales in the vicinity. They are here so come down and see them.
Date: Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 16:36
Multiple Whales in the area
Believe it or not we had 4-5 whales in the area today both north and south of the harbor. That made it a very good day as we were able to watch multiple whales do their thing in the coastal waters. I did not get a whole bunch of information about the trips but at least we have several here and hopefully to stay.
Date: Friday, July 2, 2010 at 12:03
The early whale report
There was a whale down just south of Depoe Bay around Whale Cove all morning long before the cruise boats got out and was right next to one of the Tradewinds fishing boats. Good for fishing when there is a whale around as it improves the bite. Lets hope that the cruise folks get to see him by the time things begin today at noon.
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 13:22
A whale early this morning and then in hiding
Good whale watching the past two days and one was spotted this morning as the fishing boats left the harbor on the North side of the channel entrance. By the time the whale watch boats started cruising there was NO sign. The winds did come up however and made the water somewhat choppy which hinders the ability to find them easier. We will keep you accurately up-to-date.
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 17:49
Guess what folks???
Whales ...two days in a row!!
Scaring whales?/ What is that all about??
Maybe......just maybe they are here for the summer knock on wood. Don't want to put the jinx on it after these past two days of great whale watching but we are sure hopeful. Good shows put on by all the whales on all the cruises today.
Just for your information listen to this. Not smart enough to figure out if this has anything to do with the absence of whales so far this summer but the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon knows about this if you care to inquire. They are putting out some mechanism off of Yaquina Head just on the North side of Newport which puts some sounds in the water. It's purpose...to scare the whales. They are doing this for some grant study to keep whales away from some tidal energy project being proposed down here. Just for your information if you went out there and scared a sea lion or a whale or got to close to one you could be fined or arrested. The government seems not to have to follow the same rules. Sorry this report just got political but this is hard to swallow!!!
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 07:15
The weather looks great thru the weekend with the possibility of a little wind coming in on Sunday. Those winds especially its direction (northwest) are normally afternoon events so fishing and the early whale watching trips should not be effected. We will keep you up-to-date. Other then that great ocean conditions are in store for us as we break into the month of July.
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 18:12
You Guesses It
"Thar" be Whales
Yes it was so. We had two feeding whales in the area today which delighted the cruisers for the day and now we wait for tomorrow to see if they are ones that are going to stay in the area. The Tradewinds skippers found them with their "eagle eyes" and were on them for all of our cruises this afternoon.
Date: Monday, June 28, 2010 at 15:07
A beautiful day to cruise...but...
Still no whales in the area even though there was one spotted just North of town this morning but none on the whale cruises. The ocean sure has been beautiful and the skippers of Tradewinds do a great job of making the cruise worth the small amount of $$$ it cost to go. So if you want to see the Oregon Coast from a westerly direction looking in it is a inexpensive show for your family and friends.
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 15:54
No whales yet
Still NO whales in the area as we are awaiting there arrival. We hope soon. It is still a great cruise around the area with loads of sea birds, harbor seals, sea lions, etc out there to view. The beautiful days make the Oregon coast line something special to see.
Date: Friday, June 25, 2010 at 17:14
Whales continue to be the mystery of the week
Beautiful day and wonderful scenic cruises today for the folks but the day was a mystery as to where our whales are? They will be here and be here in numbers but they are possibly a little late judging from previous years. Tomorrow could be the day.
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 16:05
Not much word today on the whales
All that I heard today was that there were whales around in the morning hours that the fishing boats saw and one that was moving South that was already four miles South of the harbor but nothing that I heard was seen in the afternoon.So we are still awaiting the local whales as they are called to show up here for good. Historically it will happen but this is jut one of the later arrivals I can remember. The conditions from the people that seem to know are good with lots of feed in the water that these kinds of whales eat but so far they are eating somewhere else.
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 16:19
Gray whales and Orca whales in the morning then were hiding in the afternoon
When the fishing boats went out in the morning hours there was a pod of Orca whales in the area and several Gray whales around the area as well. In the afternoon like magic they just could not be found. Maybe we should whale watch early in the morning and fish in the afternoon?
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 14:13
"There be whales"
After a week of no whales in the area today there were a few spotted on fishing trips in the early morning and then a couple more showed up during the afternoon cruises. We are hopeful that they will stick around the area along with a number of others that should be getting to the local area here soon. It was good to see them back and they did put on a good show.
Date: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 17:33
Looking at Oregon from the other direction
Have you often thought of a "catchy phrase" that might sell a story when the normal story is having a difficulty? Right now we are without whales and that will change here soon. In the meantime if you are at the coast and want to see the beautiful State of Oregon from another direction go on a Tradewinds ocean cruise. Seeing beautiful Whale Cove from the oceans viewpoint and the cliffs and distant light houses along the coastline is unlike anything this country has to offer. The clear ocean waters withe the sea lions, harbor seals, harbor porpoise, an abundance of sea birds is a extraordinary Kodak moment. Come cruise with us with the most experienced skippers and there knowledge of the coastal area and who knows, you may see a whale!!
Date: Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 16:45
Ocean weather forecast
Sunny periods and possibly a few scattered showers thru the five day period. The ocean should be beautiful with no swell to speak of and light winds also forecasted thru the period. Should be a good next five days for your ocean activities with us here at Tradewinds.
Date: Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 15:21
Great cruises today but still whale-less
We sent out three cruises today and had great cruises as there were tons of sea birds in feeding frenzies and the hundreds of sea lions and harbor seals in the area. There were also many sightings of harbor porpoise in the area today but we are sorry to say NO whales once again. They will be here and we will let you know when it happens.
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 15:35
Whales here early then gone
After a few days without whales we had some here in the morning hours but then they just vanished for the afternoon runs. It is safe to say that they will be here and when they do show up again because of the food source we have here around the Depoe Bay area they will be here for the summer. So make your plans.
Date: Friday, June 18, 2010 at 16:31
Whales in hiding for the day
After a week of fantastic whale watching with Humpbacks, Orca whales and the Gray whales in the area now they have gone into hiding at least from the early reports from the day. Just got the final report and they hid the whole day. It historically is just a temporary thing as they will soon be here again. Beautiful day to cruise as there is lots of other things out there to view so until they come out of hiding we will do the best we can.
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 14:37
Ran a couple whale trips today
Three whale trips ran out of the harbor today and the Tradewinds boats running those trips from what I believe I heard had successful trips. No specific information but I did hear that whales were found. More information if I hear anything later in the day.
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 17:26
We did get to go look for whales today, but....
Nice day and nice ocean weather for whale watching and I wish I could tell you what happened but I was not able to gather any information this afternoon. Sorry about that. I do know that last weekend the last trips we ran in front of the past few days of bad weather we had excellent sightings with even quite a few pods of Orca whales in the area. More tomorrow....
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 07:58
Looks like a "GO" for today after a few days of messy weather
The weather is much better with less wind and swell and we should be a "GO" for today and for that reason the rest of the forecast period thru the weekend unless something unforeseen happens. Come on down and see the Gray whales and if you have not heard recently we have had a bunch of Orca (Killer) whales in the vicinity for the past few weeks.
Date: Monday, June 14, 2010 at 09:31
Let's take the day off....
Messy ocean conditions for this Monday will force us to cancel all whale watch activities for the day. Things should improve for tomorrow. In the meantime our skippers will be driving up and down Highway 101 using their field glasses spotting whales so we know where they are for the next days trip. Only at Tradewinds would we ever reveal one of our deepest-darkest secrets to whale watching.
Date: Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 13:26
One trip out today just before the wind hit
We got our 11am cruise out on the water and had a good trip if the only measuring stick was finding whales. We did do that. The trip was cut however a few minutes short as the wind that was forecasted for the area hit the coastal strip pretty hard right around the noon hour canceling the rest of todays schedule.
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 16:40
Orca's, Gray whales & Humpbacks
We had three different types of whales in the area on Saturday early in the day but later in the day they were all gone. So go early is the advise of the day. For the 2nd day in a row we had a pod of Orca hales cruising the landscape around Depoe Bay and several Gray whales along with a lone Humpback in deeper water North of town. If we only could get them to call Depoe Bay HOME so they would stay awhile!!
Date: Friday, June 11, 2010 at 15:45
Gray whales on one side of the boat....Orca Whales on the other side
After a few days off from whale watch tours due to ocean weather and a few days before that where NO whales were found today was a fantastic day with Gray whales and Orca whales in the area. One trip had the Gray whales on one side of the boat for the passengers and then they moved to the other side to watch the Orca whales. The Orca's were involved in some kind of a Orca whale ritual but exactly what they were doing in the pod of 6-7 of them was unknown. We were guessing what they were doing but I guess they were the only ones who really knew. All in all a great day to watch whales.
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 15:53
No whaling for 2nd day in row
Another rather nasty day on the ocean waters kept us tied to the dock boards for the 2nd day in a row. Tomorrow we are looking at much improved conditions so start your engines everyone. A good weekend ahead so we hear as well. We are just hoping that this winter weather we have experienced clear thru the spring months will take a few months off so we can have a summer. We are all hopeful.
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 12:27
No whaling today
Late in the morning the wind came up and the rain is really coming down. By late afternoon things will be getting better as we approach an nice looking weekend. But for today the whales have the waters all to themselves.
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 09:24
We saw a whale (morning update)
Was up on one of the visual points in the area this morning watching the fishing boats float around and saw a whale feeding near shore. Hope he/she stays around for the whale excursions set for later in the morning. Had a problems lately finding whales but we know they are in the area and will be here in numbers soon.
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 14:58
One more without whales day
The past few days have just been absent of the whales we are looking for. There have been fishing boats in the morning hours that have seen them but they are not in their normal areas we normally see them. They will be here but we got a little spoiled last year when they showed up quite early in the season. This might just be the normal year when they show up in numbers later on this month thru the summer season into the fall.
Date: Monday, June 7, 2010 at 14:49
Lots of sights to see today....just not any whales in the area
No whales in the area today on a beautiful -pre summer ocean. Warm breeze and a cloudless day greeted cruisers today. It was the perfect day to get into Whale Cove and see the harbor seal populations and the beautiful Oregon coastline but the whales were either hiding or some other place for the day.
Date: Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 19:58
Nice whale watch ocean but really-really wet - Really
We suspended the whale watch trips today as it was just a downpour on the coast today at the time of our whale watch trips. Still NO sign of summer but we know its out there somewhere!!
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 14:28
Hiding whales today
After the third trip with one to go for the Great Fleet at Tradewinds we have yet to spot any whales today. There are just days like this leading up to summer when our residents call us home for a four month stay. It has to be real soon when we see them here for good and we know they are in the area and close by. Tomorrow most likely will be a great whale day.
Date: Friday, June 4, 2010 at 14:06
NO whaling today
No boats out today on the Pacific waters. Just not enough folks around today to put together a trip. The weather forecast was not very good but as normal down here it turned out to be pretty nice. The weekend sounds better and then better.
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 17:42
Couldn't see the whales in between the swells
It was a nice ride on a ocean with no wind on it but you could not get too close to shore because of the large swell out their today. So with that and then trying to see a whale outside in deeper water with the growing swell make it difficult at best. No whales today. The weekend weather looks really good so get the summer vacation period off to a bang with a whale watch trip with Tradewinds.
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 09:06
Everything the past two days cancelled
Rainy, windy and heavy seas have dominated the past few days and possibly a few more so whale watching is on hold here for the time being. Keep with us and we will let you know when things improve and it looks like it will be the weekend.
Date: Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 19:45
Whales on the North side
Good whale watching on a beautiful ocean as we had several whales in the area north of the harbor feeding right off the rocky cliffs of the shoreline. There were good sightings all afternoon for the multiple cruises we ran right up till about 4pm today. There were also some additional whale sightings but they were quite a ways south of the harbor so we stayed with the closer ones for the day.
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 17:01
Beautiful ocean whale watching
Several hundred whale watchers hit the Tradewinds docks today and took in the sights on a simply beautiful ocean. The whales were out there all of the trips but they were quite shy on this holiday Saturday and were playing hide and seek most of the day. We did see them but it was not one of their better days in putting on shows. They are saving it all up for Sunday and Memorial Day. The weather forecast for both days....BEAUTIFUL.
Date: Friday, May 28, 2010 at 18:18
Trio of whales in the area
Three whales in the area today but we had to go quite a ways to see them. They were found about 5 miles south of Depoe Bay where they were feeding around the kelp beds down in that area. The weekend and Memorial Day looks like great weather so a good time to come down bring the family and go out on a whale watch trip.
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:35
Multiple whales in the area
Beautiful waters to watch whales and whales in the area in pairs made it a great day. Flat ocean, no rain and little if NO wind made the sightings special today and the whales put on a great show.
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 12:46
Good Morning America Here June 5th, 6th & 7th
No Whale Watching Today
ABC's Good Morning America will be here June 5th, 6th & 7th as replacement dates for this last week due to poor ocean conditions. The film crew will be here to go out on multiple whale watch excursions thru the three day period and get some great shots at the whales here in our area. You can be part of it by coming down and get on the whale watch boats. You just might be part of a interview or on film for the Good Morning America segment. Tradewinds, Depoe Bay is the largest and oldest charter fishing/whale watching business on the Oregon Coast. Come on down and be part of the excitement that only Tradewinds can do !
Date: Monday, May 24, 2010 at 13:29
SUPER Whale Watch Day
The best of whale watching for this season happened today with 5-6 whales hanging around the area all in the same area and all feeding. Feeding is a good thing as that means hopefully we are seeing our residents here to stay and a few more to boot. They were not only good sightings today but several of them were breaching out of the pod that was here which added to the spectator excitement. We were out there at the right time and the right place which only Tradewinds can.
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 17:56
Choppy waters makes for tough whale watching
The whale watching was a tough one today with choppy waters making for tough sightings. The long range forecast for the Memorial Day weekend looks really good from a week off so make your plans to spend some of the holiday with us at the coast. No one does the whale watching better then Tradewinds with the best skippers and most comfortable boats residing with the oldest and largest charter outfit on the Oregon Coast. We also have the best prices and if you take a peep at the Tradewinds website homepage under the link coupons you might find one for the whale watching.
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 13:18
Good day on the whale watch front as we had them close by and we found them early in the trips and on one of the excursions they were breaching. That is always a fan favorite and after a few days away because of poor ocean conditions it was good to find them so quickly.
Date: Friday, May 21, 2010 at 20:53
ABC's Good Morning America shooting postponed till June
ABC's Good Morning America film crew which will be doing a camera and interview segment was postponed from today till June 5th, 6th & 7th. The weather was just a little too "cranky" for any decent shots with the whales. Hopefully a few weeks will improve things. For all of you whale watchers wanting to take part and possibly be part of the segment make your plans to whale watch on one of those three days. The boats will be going all day and the camera crew will be aboard on all trips. Come and join the fun and possibly get yourself on camera!!
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 09:31
No whale watching today. We have very rough seas off the Depoe Bay bar today and we will begin to see it starting to come down during the day. We are hopeful for tomorrow and the weekend.
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 12:45
The storm has arrived
No whale watching today. The fishing trip just barely got it in but by 11am today the ocean was beginning to turn itself upside down. The good news is that it will get better but the bad news is it is going to be a few days before that happens.
ABC's Good Morning America wil be here Friday, May 21st to film segments for a Oregon Coast whale watching weekend segment they are doing as a Tradewinds exclusive. Come on down and join the fun and you might just be part of the filming.
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 13:07
No whale sightings today but lots of everything else
It was a little windy and drizzly out there this afternoon by the time we ran our one cruise but the ocean itself was fairly nice. The captain of our cruise boat today tried to make it a great cruise and he did so by first off going into Whale Cove where they saw around 200+ harbor seals dancing and doing their "seal thing". While they were there they spotted a bald eagle up in the trees and then flying in the area. There were many seabirds about on the open waters which made for interesting viewing as well. Both of our sea buoys were just loaded with sea lions so no whales but the folks saw the rest of the gambit on todays cruise.
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 16:06
"Good Morning America" coming to Tradewinds this Friday
Want to have some great whale watching and also have the chance to appear on ABC's Good Morning America? Then come down on Friday, May 21st as a filming crew from the popular morning show will be here on multiple whale watch boats all day long to do a news segment on Oregon Coast whale watching. Who knows? You might even get on the SHOW!!!
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 16:02
Quite a few whales in the area but sorta shy today
Had decent whale watching today as there were multiple ones in the area but they were working whale food organisms right on the surface and they were just skimming around and not showing a whole bunch of whale tricks today. Other wise on a beautiful ocean it was a good day to view them and the many sea lions and sea birds all over the surface around Depoe Bay today.
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 13:42
Whales to the North....Whales to the South
Head out of the harbor and turn any direction and find whales. On a beautiful ocean Saturday that was the thing you needed to know if you were after the whales. There were at least 2-3 of them North of the harbor and at least one down to the South country. Two of them were putting on good shows with lots of whales tails to be seen. Good weather again tomorrow and into the first part of next week.
Date: Friday, May 14, 2010 at 14:41
Yesterday there was ONE...Today there were TWO
Though we had another day of windy conditions we were able to find two whales scouring the area in search of whale food and they both did a few tricks for the folks on today's cruise. The weekend weather sounds really good with much lighter winds to deal with which makes for better whale sightings.
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 14:04
The whale is back.....
It was a little windy out there on our one trip out to see the whales today but we were able to locate the one whale which was out there today. At least the one we were able to see with the wind chop and all. The weather and wind are suppose to be much improved tomorrow thru the weekend so make those plans.
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 16:55
No whales showed up today
Another windy and choppy day for the whale watching and the whales obviously did not like it much either and we did not see any today. The springtime always seems to be this way with a weeks worth of great whale watching and then a few bad days. They will be back and soon.
Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 16:55
Like the fishing today....a slower whale day
The ocean and its "critters" took a day off today as we awoke to a cranky acting ocean with a little light rain, a little wind and a moderate swell. Pile that all up and the whales were hiding today as the ocean made it a bit harder to scope them out. Tomorrow is another day as the weather tomorrow thru the weekend is forecasted to be very good whale finding weather.
Date: Monday, May 10, 2010 at 15:00
Whales still in the area
Lots of whales still in the Depoe Bay area as they were seen most of the day today in the morning on the fishing boats going out and on the mid-day whale watch trips. They seem to be staying pretty close to the area around the buoys out in front of the harbor most of the time. Sometimes they are moving a half mile or so north or south of the harbor but in easy distance of the folks wanting to see them. It is a good time to view the gray whales so give us a call.
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 13:33
Happy Mom's Day
Another just gorgeous day on the Oregon Coast and on this Mothers Day the whales did not disappoint. We had three trips out today and all three were successful in finding whales both north and south of the harbor. There seem to be quite a few in the area this part of springtime and we are hopeful they stay in the area clear thru the later part of the fall season.
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 14:05
Full boats and whales to see
Lots of cruises today and boats full of happy customers watching the whales in the area on this beautiful ocean Saturday. We started today running around the 11am hour and continued pretty much thru the day with multiple boats out with a town full of whale watch folks. It is a great time with the great weather to come down and board one of the great cruise ships we have at Tradewinds that KNOW where the whales are. The weather sounds good thru the middle of next week and the whales told us they will be here so it is a good time to see some great shots on your cameras for the photo book.
Date: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 14:58
Goor whale watching we think??
Two almost full whale watch boats from Tradewinds headed south to where the whales were hiding today. The word was but not confirmed was that the sightings were good and the whales put on good shows for the folks. On beautiful sun filled days like this the whales had to have been on the surface and enjoying the sunshine and abundant food supply out there. It was a beautiful day which a number of them coming up clear thru the middle of next week (so we are told).
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 15:11
More good whale sightings what ever they were doing out there?
The whales were out there again today not in the numbers like yesterday but still swimming around in circles and seem to be enjoying whatever it is that they are up to. It has been a little weird the past few days. Good sightings in front of the boat, behind the boat and on both sides but you'd better look fast as they are up, on the surface, blow and then gone. Then we go find another!!
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 18:58
It was certainly strange whale watching today
When the boats went out under the bridge this morning to go fishing there were what we calculated to be around a dozen whales out about one mile offshore pretty much all in the same area. When the whale watch boats went out mid-day they were still there except the numbers had increased to about twenty. On the last whale watch trip around 4:30pm they were still in the same spot obviously feeding on something. They were good sighting as well with many showing good tail shots and lots of whales showing good spouts as well. They were busy, really busy doing what ever it was they were doing.
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 15:04
No whales again today...watching
No whale watching today but take a look at the weather. Great conditions each and every day thru the weekend and hopefully much further. It has been a rather tough spring weather wise so maybe and hopefully this will be the good part of spring for quite a while to come. The boats will be going out each and every day that we have folks wanting to go and the weather to do it in. See ya all tomorrow.
Date: Monday, May 3, 2010 at 12:35
No whaling today
Windy, wet and cranky seas cancelled all ocean whale watching activities for the day. Fear not however as this one is more of a spring storm and very short lived. Things sound better for Wednesday and even better Thursday into the weekend.
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 15:47
Whales jumping over the boat today !!
Not really......but one of the skippers described it that way because of the many whales out and about today. On these beautiful oceans the whales are quite easy to find even if they are in low numbers but when they are in larger numbers in there pods there are so many that they seem to be "jumping over the boats". A little whale humor there!! Anyhow you describe the whale viewing today it was a magnificent day watching whales out of Tradewinds Depoe Bay.
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 15:43
A bad ocean forecast turned beautiful
As sometimes happens the ocean had a bad forecast calling for a large swell for Sunday morning and it was anything but. The ocean was beautiful all day under bright sunny skies and light winds. The fishing started off slowly as some were saying because of the very low tide we had early in the morning today but really picked up late and tuned into limits for all. The Lingcod bite was a bit slow most of the morning but for some of the folks out fishing today some nice specimens were landed later in the trip.
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 15:15
Whales in the area
Not sure of the final results today in the whale watching front but I heard they were out there but not sure as to the quality of the sightings because of the windy seas which developed after late morning. Most of the guys/gals we saw yesterday were in close so hopefully more evidence that some of the locals are beginning to show up.
Date: Friday, April 30, 2010 at 16:49
Better weather and great whale watching
Up to five whales were out there today and the folks on the boat had great sightings as they had the multiple whales to see in their natural habitat. The ocean is getting better and better and the whales put on a great show. Should be a great weekend.
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 13:00
Tomorrow sounds better, weekend better yet
No whale watching today as there is still quite a bit of wind on the waters. Tomorrow the ocean and the winds will be much better and it is shaping up to be a nice weekend at least according to the forecast.
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 13:41
No whale watching again today
Still a little to "cranky" out on the waters for any comfortable whale watching for the folks. We are looking at a nice weekend shaping up beginning on Friday and getting better thru the weekend which sounds terrific by the marine forecast.
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 06:29
Good weather weekend on the horizon
You folks looking for some nice calm seas and good weather to come down and watch the whales the upcoming weekend from this point of the marine forecast looks like a good one. We will keep you informed.
Date: Monday, April 26, 2010 at 15:56
Highway 20 road closure May 14th-17th
The Oregon highway department is planning a full closure of U.S. 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 14 until 6:00 a.m. Monday, May 17. There will be no through-travel between the valley and the coast along U.S. 20 during that time. Those of you planning whale watch excursions with us this weekend may need to make alternative plans.
Date: Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 13:45
No whaling again today
Even though the ocean got a bunch better by mid-afternoon the ocean conditions in the morning were such that we gave the folks the heads up as to canceling the cruises for the day. It was the right call as things by mid-morning were pretty rough around the area as far as the sea conditions were concerned. We will see how things pan out for the upcoming week.
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 15:31
All of the cruise boats had fishing trips this morning so it would have been afternoon before we could start the whale cruise agenda. By that time the fishing boats had to come back in a little early because of sea conditions and the rest of the day was cancelled. Too bad because there was a whale right out at the 1st entrance buoy to Depoe Bay and he/she was there the entire morning long. Would have been a great day.
Date: Friday, April 23, 2010 at 16:34
First day out for a while and no sightings today
We did get out on a couple of cruises today and found it a tough go in finding any whales in the area. We were looking inshore where they have been the past few weeks and then took a quick trip offshore a bit and didn't find any out there as well. Tomorrow is another day.
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 13:29
No whale watching today again
Too much wind and too much wind chop for any boats to take the folks out on the ocean today. Would not have been very much fun. Hopefully tomorrow will be better as it is forecasted to be.
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 11:40
Windy with rough seas
No whale boats out today as the ocean is quite rough with lots of wind on the water spurred by that occasional gully washer downpour. Friday looks like the best day in the next five in the forecast posted this morning so if in the area come down and see us and the whales of course.
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 13:37
No whaling today... No one would want too
Very windy and very wet this afternoon...not to mention the conditions of the ocean waters have become adverse to say the least. We are at the start of a weather forecast that is unsettled at least for the next few days. We will keep you informed.
On the "newsy" side of the conversation the past few weeks we have been seeing a large number of whales very close to the shoreline which means a couple of things from this point of view. Many of the whales we have been seeing are the cows and the calves which normally are the last of the pack to swim by and they normally are a tad bit closer to shore then the others. Another thing we have been seeing is the rest of the pack going by closer to the shoreline have been staying in the area and feeding. Hopefully this means that some of our resident whales ( or new guys) might be back in the area already and are here to stay. Some of Tradewinds experienced skippers who view the whales year after year are saying that some of them they think are some of the resident whales that have been in our area before. Summertime whale watching beginning this year in April.
Date: Monday, April 19, 2010 at 13:52
Whales in the area again today
Not sure if we had a trip out today for the same reason that I don't know about the days fishing trip but I do know the whales were there as I saw them this morning as I was driving by the shoreline. The ocean looked nice and there were quite a few people up above the rocky cliffs north of Depoe Bay watching them from the lookout.
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 16:15
Ever heard the comment, "Should have been here today!"
Well you should have been if whale watching was on your plate for things to do Sunday. Our #1 Tradewinds whale watch fleet had four BIG trips out today on a sunny beautiful ocean. The whales did not disappoint either. We had terrific sightings on all four trips which included on three of the trips cows and calves traveling up the line. On the final two trips we had one very large whale feeding about a half mile south of the harbor showing tail shot after tail shot. It was the best Kodak moments of the spring thus far. Only at Tradewinds Depoe Bay where the whales come the closest to the shoreline and the harbor then any other place along the coastline. The dirty little secret also is that they like the Tradewinds boats the best for some odd reason?
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 17:40
No whaling today
It was just too windy for any whale watching today. Fishing maybe and we did get to fish but taking the folks especially some of the younger ones out in a very windy choppy ocean? It just was not the most fun thing that could have happened. Maybe (hopefully) tomorrow!!!
Date: Friday, April 16, 2010 at 18:39
The wind was a problem today
After such a beautiful day and great whale watching on Thursday the windy ocean conditions made finding spouts very difficult today and we were unable to find any whales on our trips this afternoon. The ocean was decent but the wind blows the spouts down which makes finding the whales very difficult. Tomorrow is another day.
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 16:24
Great viewing whales today
The whale watching was great today with the whales in close to shore and put on a great show for the Tradewinds customers. The viewing was described by the folks on the boat as some of the better sightings they have seen and certainly the best of this young whale watch season thus far. The weather is great and we have whales in the are so it is a great time to come down and witness these animals in there natural habitat.
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 15:15
One whale watch trip out today
We did have one trip out this afternoon but was unable to get any information about the results. If I hear something later I will pass it along. If you are coming down to go whale watching it would be good advise to get here for the first trip of the day especially during the work week. Usually we try to run more then one trip but when we only have limited interest during the work week when school is still in session sometimes we get just a single trip in. Call in advance for the days schedule. Those of you who make your reservations over the web reservation system you are normally put on the 11am cruise unless you request another time.
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 14:57
Whales are there but not very cooperative
The Tradewinds fleet had one whale adventure today and we saw whales at two different locations on the trip but neither of these group of whales were very anxious to show themselves very much They seemed to want to show briefly, blow a few breathes and then try to run and hide someplace. The whales are cruising very close to the shoreline in around 10 fathoms of water. This makes us wonder since migratory whales seem to want to migrate further offshore normally if there are any of our resident whales here already somewhat sooner then expected.
Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 07:00
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Date: Monday, April 12, 2010 at 15:49
Beautiful oceans to whale watch by
No word today on the whale sightings from our one trip but the fishing boat did see a few during the fishing trip in the morning. The weather all week long will be just perfect for whale watching and ocean cruising so give us a call as first trips are usually around the 11am or noon hour. Call for reservations or use the convenient website reservation system.
Date: Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 15:54
Pretty good whale watch news today
The news on the whale watch front was that they saw them on all of the trips out today. The better news was that the whales were right next to the shoreline at least the ones they were viewing. There was also a mother and a new born calf in the mix as well. That might mean that some of our local guys are here already as normally the northerly migration takes us offshore a might and these guys were very close to shore just like the resident summertime viewing. Good weather all week long so the forecast says so it is a good time for springtime viewing.
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 18:57
Not a whole slew of them but we did find whales
It was not classic Depoe Bay whale watching but we did find whales and they did cooperate enough to give the people some good looks at them. Weather will be really good for the next five days so come on down and join in the fun.
Date: Friday, April 9, 2010 at 15:09
Still rough today but much better tomorrow
Even though the swell was way down from what it has been it was a good decision to stay tied at the dock for this Friday. Late in the morning the "ocean gods" decided to give us one last look at a raunchy bar just in case anybody went out to try it. It was pretty messy so now we wait for the long anticipated good weather which begins Saturday and runs at least into the middle of next week. Oh yes, by the way, we will be running those whale trips Saturday and they should be still out there awaiting Tradewinds arrival on the scene. We will begin around 11am so call for reservations or come down and get in line.
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 17:46
No whales today
No whales today seen on the boats as we had what we hope to be the final storm of this ten day affair pass thru the area last night. It looks like the weekend into next week looks more like spring and finally delivering a blow to the end of the winter oceans. So make your reservations for the weekend and into next week as the whales should be still around on their northerly swim to the Alaskan waters.
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 16:29
The weather cleared so we went whale watching
We did get one trip out today in between rough ocean days but after ten days off the water watching storm after storm go by we just could not find the whales. This weekend we are finally suppose to be thru this bad weather cycle and we will have some time to find the whales. During bad weather the whales don't like the rough water any better then we do so they go further offshore. Hopefully the better weather predicted will bring them in closer to shore so we can get back on them again.
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 11:12
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Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 11:09
Another day without the whales
As I am sure the whales are out there passing by heading to the northerly feeding grounds we remain on the sidelines of this migration because of adverse ocean conditions. The change we are hoping for may be in sight for the weekend and we will let you know as we get a "wee bit" closer.
Date: Monday, April 5, 2010 at 15:46
Is there a change coming?
Another day of NO whale watching and terrible weather but the weather models are suggesting that finally a change is in sight for better ocean weather starting this upcoming weekend. So you may begin to make some preliminary plans to get down here for the weekend and get out and see some whales. We will keep you up-to-date daily on the weekend weather forecast.
Date: Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 16:11
A small whale watch window this morning quickly closed
When the sun came up this morning we were awoken with a weather widow where the Depoe Bay bar was actually passable even though the ocean was quite windy and had a moderate swell on it. That window quickly closed a few hours later with gale force winds and seas climbing to 17-18 foot. The whales are out there as even with the bad ocean conditions we have seen some passing by during the day some of them rather close to shore. Next week still shows some rather unsettled weather but possibly some change for the good by weeks end. We will keep you informed.
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 12:32
Not today & not tomorrow & ....?
Rough ocean water would be considered an understatement for this day and tomorrow and maybe the next day and so-on. There is some hope for some moderation coming later next week and you will hear it hear on your source for ocean whale watching reports.
Date: Friday, April 2, 2010 at 07:35
Sorry...Another bad day
We are into a very rough ocean pattern as we speak with very heavy and dangerous seas at the moment so don't expect any ocean condition changes or whale watching in the next few days. Sorry....
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 14:58
A beautiful sunny day but no whale watching
It truly was a beautiful day down at the coast today but the ocean was still a mess especially close to the shoreline so we stayed tied to the docks for another day. Another big storm approaching the area tonight so probably not to expect any good weather news for a few more days anyhow.
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:30
Same as yesterday
Though the weather is somewhat improved today the ocean swell lis still quite large and we have another cancellation for the day. Tomorrow looks like the best day of the week by the forecast but still probably unless it improves not good enough for cruising. We will keep up hope and will look at it tomorrow.
Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 11:55
Another bad day
Another rough day on the "pond" and another day tied to the dock. We are in the midst of rather strong Pacific front that is moving thru the area and is suppose to be with us for at least a few more days. We will keep you up-to-date right here on the award winning Tradewinds website with all of the news you will ever need to know. Whether its weather updates, fishing news or whale watch news you will hear it all hear first.
Date: Monday, March 29, 2010 at 06:11
The whales move by but we can only watch from the shoreline
Another very rough day here and more then likely a few more days to go in this present storm moving along the Oregon Coast. The whales will still be there when the ocean weather improves. We will keep you up-to-date.
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 11:03
We won't be making it out today
The first of several weather fronts has arrived on the Oregon Coast which will keep the weather unsettled for the next few days. All of our trips were cancelled for the day and we will keep you informed when things begin to settle down weather wise.
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 16:44
Big crowds...Great ocean & Great whale watching Saturday
The folks were in the whale watching capitol in large crowds on Saturday and Tradewinds sent out 9 full boats during the afternoon to see the migrating whales. By the way, we did see them. Some were really close to shore and others we had to go out several miles to find them (and we did). It was a Great day.
Date: Friday, March 26, 2010 at 16:07
The ocean cooperated...and so did the whales
After a rough morning the better weather predicted happened and we got three whale tours out Friday afternoon as the ocean waters got better and better as the day went on. To make it even better the whales cooperated and they were just outside the whistle buoy only about a mile or so offshore. For you folks looking for a whale watch trip this next week try to make it down tomorrow (Saturday) because after that for the next 3-5 days we are hearing of another heavy weather system coming in that will effect the whale watch waters. You never know what the ocean is going to do but it is better to report what the weather fellas are saying. So, if you have a off-day tomorrow it might be worth coming down early so you can take part in some really good whale sightings.
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 13:20
No whale tours Thursday
Rainy, windy and rough seas cancelled all the whale watch tours for this day with improving weather by Saturday being the best day looking forward. We have had some great whale watching on this Oregon spring break week so as soon as the weather improves come on down and take in a trip and see the migrating whales make there way northerly.
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 14:06
Loads of whale watches today
The town was crowded today with spring breakers and lots of whale watchers who took in the Tradewinds boats for a sun filled afternoon on the ocean. The ocean however was very windy even though there was no swell reported but quite a bit of wind chop out there. No reports on the whale sightings and will report later with any additional information.
Date: Friday, March 19, 2010 at 12:57
If you were not here today don't read this
On probably one of the most beautiful pre-spring days I can remember we had whales inside fairly close and outside doing there usual speedy northerly track to the Alaskan waters. The swell was less the four foot, hardly a breath of wind and brilliant sunny skies made it just a fantastic day. You really should have been here!
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 17:20
There were whales today
It was a little windy, a little choppy and a little cold but we did see whales. They were out there about 5 miles offshore and we followed a pod about an hour. It was a fun trip and might have been better if it was easier to spot the whale in all the wind. Tomorrow and Saturday are suppose to be better days.
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 13:18
No Whale Watching Again Wednesday
Another very rough ocean day which cancelled all cruise activities for the day. Things look like they are settling down for tomorrow somewhat and things look much better Friday thru the weekend.
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 12:06
Stay away from the coast today
Not so nice weather at the coast today. We are all taking the day off. The weather beginning on Friday however sounds perfect thru the weekend.
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 19:47
"Thar Be Whales"
We "finally" got out on the ocean after a solid week or so of bad weather and the whales that are suppose to be there heading back on the Northerly migration were indeed there. We should have a good month now of solid North bound whales to view so now is a great time before the locals start showing up in May. When the ocean is nice and as spring starts to show up we should have better and better ocean conditions it is a great time to be here for whale watching.
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 09:04
Weekend weather appears to be questionable
The upcoming weekends weather appears to be questionable for ocean activities. However, the weather along the coast can be strange at times and bad weather can turn into good weather overnight. The best advise is call the office for more information or go to the Tradewinds website and double click on the link to the left on ocean weather for the latest forecasts on ocean conditions.
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 06:17
Not much to report but we believe they are here
Because of all the rough ocean weather lately we do not have much of a whale report for you. We have had some tough conditions the past five days and more bad ocean weather on the way for the next few days anyhow. The only good news is that we have seen quite a few whales moving North from the shoreline but because of the ocean conditions have not had any opportunities to get the boats out there to view them. The weather will begin to clear up and we hope that will be soon and we will have reports for you. Daily reports begin on March 15th.
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 06:17
No much to report but we believe they are here
Because of all the rough ocean weather lately we do not have much of a whale report for you. We have had some tough conditions the past five days and more bad ocean weather on the way for the next few days anyhow. The only good news is that we have seen quite a few whales moving North from the shoreline but because of the ocean conditions have not had any opportunities to get the boats out there to view them. The weather will begin to clear up and we hope that will be soon and we will have reports for you. Daily reports begin on March 15th.
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 07:40
Marine Ocean Weather Conditions
Check put the Tradewinds NEW marine ocean conditions report that you can access by clicking on the link off the Tradewinds homepage surrounded by the STARS. If you need to know an accurate ocean weather forecast for a upcoming trip you have check it out. The forecast is a NOAA forecast mostly accurate up to five days out.
Date: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 17:32
Boise - Here We Come
Daily Reports Begin March 15th
Daily reports after a long winters rest will begin on Monday March 15th with reports when needed continuing between now and the 15th of March.
Tradewinds will be returning to the home of the Boise State Broncos this week. The Tradewinds gang will be at the Boise Idaho Sportsman Show to be held at the Expo Center March 4th thru March 7th. All you folks in the Boise Idaho area come on out and visit with us on the great services we can provide you this spring and summer. Sounds like we are in for some good seasons for salmon and Albacore Tuna as well as bottom fish and halibut. There will be some great discounts for your group or family available at the show so come out to the Expo and pay us a visit.
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:35
We did not run any whale watch trips on this Saturday mainly because of the tsunami advisory out for the Oregon Coast. For safe keeping we staying in port this afternoon. It was a little on the wet side anyhow. The good news is that the fishing boat we had out this morning spotted two groups of whales moving around mostly on a northerly track so that might mean the migration to the North is underway. That report would fit into their historic behavior as March is the nomral time we begin to see them moving north.
Date: Friday, February 26, 2010 at 13:41
It should be happening soon
Look for the northerly migration to begin here sometime in the next week or so. Historically it has ben March when the northern guys start to make there run north so we expect that to begin here really soon. Keep in touch with the whale watch report on this website and we will inform you when it begins.
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 16:28
Southerly may be over - waiting on the Northerly
The Southerly migration may be just about over with possibly a few stragglers going by from time to time so we wait for the beginning of the Northerly migration which historically is just ten days to two weeks away. There a little hard to find right now but we have beautiful days to cruise the coastline and see the many different birds which inhabit our coastline and the many marine mammals swimming around out there. We also take a run out to the whale routes and look for them as well. Right now things are a little on the slim side.
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010 at 16:11
A few stragglers
Whale trips today produced a few whales still moving South but in limited numbers. Just a few weeks from now we will get to see the numbers really start to increase as they begin the move back to the North. You will hear it here only at Tradewinds Charters.
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 17:26
Portland Sportsmen Show
Wednesday, February 10th thru Sunday, February 14th
Drop on by and see us at our booth at the sportsmen show in Portland. Book your trip for this year at the show and get last years pricing. There is no date expiration and you do not have to set a day at the show. Do your planning at a later time and when you do book your trip you get 2009 trip rates. What a deal!!
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 13:10
Had two trips and three whale watch boats out Saturday afternoon on one of those days where the forecast was not so good but as we woke up in the morning it was not perfect but more then whale-able enough. We had great sighting on all of our trips today on the southerly fast moving Gray whales and loads of tail shots and multiple whales in the pods. Hopefully Sunday with the same forecast will prove to be another great day to view the migration of the Gray whales. Come on down and join us, "ONLY" at Tradewinds Charters.
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 09:35
Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show
Pacific Northwest Sportsmenís Show & Sport Fishing Boat Show coming next week, February 10th thru the 14th at the Portland Oregon Exposition Center. Tradewinds will be there how about you? Come meet the Tradewinds Staff and skippers and talk about the upcoming 2010 season. We will have all the answers for your questions and the inside information as well as whale tour information. Drop by and say hello at the Tradewinds booth
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 18:15
A weekend of whale watching
We had a pretty nice weekend and the Tradewinds whale watch fleet was out and about some 3-4 miles offshore following the Gray whale migration like no-one else can. On our comfortable and warm charter boats which do the whale tours you are comfortable inside and outside and the views of this migration have been fantastic. As always in the winter months the key is finding the nice ocean days in order to go and Saturday was a decent day and Sunday was a really nice sunny day. Keep an eye on the ocean weather and come down and join in on the winter whale fun.
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 14:45
Weather looks good for Wednesday and Thursday
This time of year when we have a break in the winter weather maybe we should report it. Well tomorrow (Wednesday) and the next day look like good ocean weather for cruising. Friday into the weekend the forecast again is not good. So if you are in the area give us a call and come on down.. Normal cruise times begin around noon.
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 13:51
Tradewinds & the Portland Sportsmen Show
Pacific Northwest Sportsmenís Show & Sport Fishing Boat Show coming February 10th thru the 14th at the Portland Oregon Exposition Center. Tradewinds will be there how about you? Come meet the Tradewinds Staff and skippers and talk about the upcoming 2010 season. We will have all the answers for your questions and the inside information as well as whale tour information. Drop by and say hello.
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 14:49
Whales for YOU to see
We got out Saturday the 23rd with three trips beginning in the late morning and had good sighting of whales on all our trips. They are about three miles offshore as the migration continues. When the ocean weather is OK this is a great trip for the family to witness this historic migration to the South of the Gray whales. Give us a call and come down and watch the whales put on there great show.
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 13:54
Interesting whale watching Saturday afternoon
The whale watching Saturday was great with many Gray whales being spotted out of several pods going by the area. That would be exciting enough! What made it even more exciting was that the skipper of our whale watch boat witnessed what he thought was another specie of whales harassing the Gray whales to the point that the Gray whales on the migration became aggressive. The skipper mentioned that in all the years he has been doing this he has never witnessed Gray whales being aggressive as it appeared they were just protecting themselves. Come down and watch the great show only at Tradewinds. Never a dull moment on the whale watch grounds.
Date: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 11:59
FANTASTIC whale watching
When we have gotten out whale watching these past few weeks has been nothing short of fantastic. The Tradewinds boats are reporting from 5-15 whales in different pods on all trips anywhere from just a mile or so offshore up to about 4 miles offshore. This is the annual migration of the whales South and is a great time to come and watch this historic migration of the Gray whales. Our trips leave daily ocean weather permitting at NOON. The key is finding a nice ocean day to go so email us for weather information or give the office a call. The office is normally open daily from 11am till 2pm and if no answer leave a message and the office staff will get back to you shortly.
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