Fishing Report

Just a HALIBUT reminder

July 15, 2019

REMEMBER, this Friday  July 19th we are heading offshore for some HALIBUT fishing aboard the KADAHO.  Some really nice weather predicted for Friday.

Monday fishing report July 15

Bottom fishing was very good today with limits on the rockfish and some really nice Cabezon but very few Lingcod on the filet table.

Salmon fishing was also pretty darn hot but the adipose fin restriction really got in the way of some of the boats total of take-home fish. Thats state law so nothing we can do about that except to try again another day.

Sunday July 14th report

July 14, 2019

Bottom fishing was excellent today even though we did not have a boat out today primarily on a bottom fishing trip. We did have three boat out on combo trips with Salmon fishing going first and they came home after doing really well on Salmon with a great catch of rockfish and some really nice Cabezon with a few Lingcod.  Crabbing also was very good from the reports.

Next weekends Halibut offshore opener

July 13, 2019

Halibut offshore fishing opens for another couple of days Friday and Saturday, July 19th and 20th and we do have some spots open on both days.  Give us a call for some great offshore deep water Halibut fishing.  There are some nice ones out there they have been getting all season long so time to get yours.

Saturday July 13 report

Salmon fishing was good again but you needed to be fortunate enough to catch the ones that had the healed adipose fin.  As it always is in the summer Coho salmon fishery some get the ones in the net that have the healed fin and others don’t which is the determining factor in taking fish home.

Bottom fishing was good today especially for Cabezon and rockfish but not very many Lingcod caught as it has been now ever since this hot water has come into the inshore waters.  We need some northwest winds to cool it off a might

Crabbing was good as some folks came in with 7-8 plus per person.  Good crabbing and most are fairly full of meat to as they harden up after the molting season.

Friday the 19th Halibut

We still have four spots open on our first offshore Halibut trip of the year, next Friday July 19th, on our new boat the KADAHO. Give us a call at 541-765-2345 to make a reservation on the best looking & equipped boat in the bay and get your flat fish to go home to the freezer.

Friday July 12th report

July 12, 2019

Bottom fishing remains very strong even with the hot water (62 degrees) as even today we are told of quite a few Lingcod biting.  The crabbing also is decent with around a 4-5 average around the fleet per person.

It should be Tuna conditions but still no reports of any of the fellas close by so we can get to them.

Salmon also remains pretty good especially with the hot water.  They are not usually liking 60 plus degree ocean temperatures but they are still biting.  The results today was a somewhat slower  bite with the better biting occurring towards the end of the morning with slower conditions at the start of the trips.  One boat had a number of Chinook onboard as the pictures to the right shows a few of those black mouth critters.

Thursday 7/11 report

July 11, 2019

Bottom fishing this morning was excellent with limits on the rockfish but did not get a report on the Lingcod.  Crabbing was also very good rebounding from a slower start to the week.

Salmon fishing was red hot with three of the boats out there limited and we had another also Salmon fishing but no report from that vessel.  There are many-many throwbacks hitting the nets so the entire five hours was needed on the boats that limited.  The Coho’s are getting a little bigger and as of July 7th we have only caught statewide in our zone 17% of our allotted quota.  That is good news as its gonna last quite a while at the present catch rate.

July & August Halibut opener’s

We still have one more July offshore Halibut opener on July 18th, 19th & 20th.  W have a few spots still open on the 18th and quite a few spots still to go on the 19th and 20th.  The Summer season as it is called opens the first weekend in August (the 2nd and 3rd Friday and Saturday) & we have spots open on those dates also. If interested in a flat fish onboard our new vessel the Kadaho gives us a call at 541-765-2345.

Wednesday July 10 report

July 10, 2019

Somewhat unusual two days of rain that will end late this afternoon with wind and a moderate swell in and around the Depoe Bay area.  All will be out of here by tomorrow morning with summer conditions returning in time for morning fishing and afternoon trips as well as whale watching.

In the meantime we do have three boats out this morning (the larger ones) two of which are Salmon fishing and one bottom fishing.  Easy morning reports are that the bottom fish are biting pretty good and the Salmon also showing some decent action offshore.  More reports later when they come in.

(updated) One boat was back in early with a limit of Salmon and the other boat was experiencing quite a few throwbacks but still had a really nice total of take home fish.  Bottom fishing was very good as well.

Tuesday July 9th report

July 9, 2019

Salmon fishing remains very strong somewhat surprising after a number of years in a row of mediocre Salmon fishing.  No complaints understand but I guess the “powers-to-be” at the ODFW knew something when they gave us a 90,000 fish quota.  Hope they keep on biting.

Bottom fishing has been the same for the past several weeks with excellent rockfish biting but the Lingcod bite has slowed to a trickle.  Mostly because of the warm water we are experiencing these past few weeks.  Again, what we need for the Ling’s to pep up some is some Northwest winds to cool things down.

Crabbing was a little off the mark today for the first time in a month but for sure it is just one of those days and things will pick back up very shortly.

Monday July 8th report

July 8, 2019

Excellent bottom fishing this morning with some Lingcod, a good number of Cabezon and of course lots of limits on the other rockfish.  Lots of southerly winds in our forecast with some higher wind speeds in for Wednesday and then back to great conditions after that.  Salmon fishing was also really good today with one boat back in early with a limit and another back in on time but had a nice catch.  Crabbing as it has been remains strong.

July 7th fishing report…Offshore Halibut News

July 7, 2019

Here we are at the end of the 1st full week of July and the weather is about as perfect as it can get and the fishing is going really well.  First off, for the Lingcod fisherman it would be nice to see some northwest winds to help cool the water down some.  Fishing in the mid-water (deeper say about over 100 feet or so) is quite poor at the moment as the amount of bait we have in the water right now is astounding.  It for some reason (??) goes mostly away when you get say inside 50-60 feet of water and the fish are biting in those depths.  This time of year not a whole lot of Lingcod to be had in the shallow stuff where more to be found in deeper water.  Just drove by the ocean a few minutes ago and did see white caps out on the pond so that is a little good news for deeper water fans.

Anyhow, the bottom fishing was really good with not many Lingcod going to the filet tables but we here at Tradewinds caught quite a good number of Cabezon today.  The bass caught today and yesterday were really nice sized ones as well.

Crabbing remains very strong with averages around 5-7 per person even though as we stated before some softer ones in the mix.

Salmon fishing today from the scuttlebutt was slower this morning then with about an hour left like yesterday lit off pretty good.  Did not hear the results of the boats out there looking for “slippery’s” but sounded like they were getting quite a few with quite a few throwbacks and some nice Chinooks also.

There are some offshore halibut dates still open in July and then of course the Summer season as they call it opens in August so call the office to book your offshore fishing adventure for the flat ones.  Tradewinds knows where they are.

July 6th report

July 6, 2019

Bottom fishing was really-really good today about a mile north of the city and they were really BIG rockfish.  Everyone on every Tradewinds boat got a limit on them including some but not a whole lot of Cabezon and Lingcod.

The Salmon bite was really good again even though some of the boats reported having to throw back quite. few with the adipose fin attached.  There were also plenty of the ones that just got off the hook on the reading into the boat.  The Coho are getting bigger by the day with some nice 8-9 po8nd fish beginning to show up.  There are also some nice Chinook salmon biting the hooks if lucky enough to hook up one.

Crabbing remains very good with a few softer ones beginning to show but still have a good percentage of the meat in the shells.

Remember, we are open for business for offshore halibut since we now have the Kadaho working for us.  A very nice and clean 50-foot Delta just ready to take you out for a flat one and there are some good dates remaining for the summer fishery.  Call our office for the details.

Friday July 5th report

Did not hear any report from our one boat Salmon fishing today as all of the others were out on the bottom fishing pond.  However, the sport boats were still coming in early with limits so we can only assume that fishing is still really good.  Several of us are Salmon fishing tomorrow morning.  Bottom fishing also remans strong with real good catches of rockfish and we did see quite a number of Cabezon on the filet table.  Crabbing as we can see some customers pulling “up those pots” a real fun experience also is very good but we are finding a few softer ones as the molting process is well underway.  Still quite a bit of meat in even the softer ones.

July 4th fish report

July 4, 2019

Early morning report was that Salmon fishing was terrific today with limits on one boat and the others also Salm0n fishing were doing really well. More later as the bottom fishing boats come back in.

Happy Birthday America

July 3, 2019

Have a great holiday everyone from Tradewinds !!

Wednesday July 3rd report

Decent Salmon fishing this morning with about a fish per rod on the average.  Quite a few throw back fish this morning and lots of action but sorting thru the wild and hatchery fish is what we have to do with the state regulations.

Bottom fishing was excellent this morning with limits on the rockfish but not a great deal of Lingcod this morning but those we caught were really nice ones.  Crabbing remains strong.

“Welcome Home”

Tradewinds Depoe Bay would like to welcome back HOME the Kadaho and the Starship .  They are back with us after a few years in another charter agency and we welcome them back.

The Kadaho is a fifty foot Delta operated by Roman M. Smolcic and he fishes offshore for Halibut and Tuna as well as inshore fisheries Salmon, bottom fish and crabbing.

The Starship operated by Kain Crawford is a really nice 6-pac boat who fishes Tuna offshore, inshore Salmon, inshore Halibut and bottom fishing and crabbing.

The bats are docked in the same spots in Depoe Bay they have always been so easy to find and go down and say hello.  Call Tradewinds at 541-765-2345 to reserve spots on these two great vessels.


The picture to the right is the KADAHO docking for his first trip back this m0rning 7/3/1

Tuesday July 2nd report

Fishing was excellent today no matter if you were salmon or bottom fishing.  One boat limited on salmon and the other had a good catch of salmon but to many throw-backs.  All of the bottom fishing boats limited on the rockfish but the Lingcod continue to be a slower catch right now.  Crabbing remains in the 4-6 per person area.

Monday July 1st report

July 2, 2019

Great salmon day with one of our boats getting  much better then 1-fish per rod.  There were also lots of throw-backs (adipose finners) and on & off fish so in other words lots of action.

Bottom fishing was also really good with all of the action in close to shore in shallow water which means lots of bass type fish but not many Lingcod caught.  The opening day of Cabezon saw a few brought back to the filet table.  Crabbing was around four per person average.

Sunday June 30th fishing report

July 1, 2019

An absolutely beautiful day out on the ocean water today with warm temperatures along with just a flat ocean.  Can’t get much better then it was today.  The Salmon action was pretty good in the morning hours for a few hours and then it dropped off to very slow late in the morning and especially in the afternoon hours.  When the sun beats down on the water and the water is as warm as it is right now approaching sixty degrees the fish most likely are diving down to deeper water.

The bottom fishing was very good in the morning hours as well but the Lingcod bite has slowed quite a bit over the last week..  More then likely one can contribute that to the sixty degree water temperatures we are having right now. A few days of northerly winds will take care of that.

Crabbing is really good right now with averages coming in around the 5-6 per person mark.

Tomorrow being July 1st the Cabezon fishing opens and that will be something else we can count on out there as we have seen quite a few them coming up on the hooks so far this spring/summer.

Nice picture to the right of some folks having there limits Sunday morning of black bass and a Lingcod on the filet table.

Saturday June 29 report

June 29, 2019

Bottom fishing was pretty good this morning but the water is up close to 60-degrees and does the same thing as the cold water does. It makes the fish a little sleepy.  The bite was slower then it has been the past week but again, as we try to emphasize, those that worked hard at it got a good number of fish.  The Lingcod bite was just so-so and the crabbing has been and again today was excellent.

Salmon fishing which has been good the past few days got off to a decent start this morning and then fizzled as the sun hit the water along with the warm water.  Hard to even say, but we need some northerly winds.

We got  report out in 60 fathoms of water Saturday that a sport boat out there salmon fishing hooked into two Albacore Tuna.  No further information available but that might mean that Tuna trips might be starting soon.

Friday fishing report 6/28/19

Good fishing this morning with one of our boats out Salmon fishing which lots of fish caught but of course lots of those had to be returned with the adipose fin intact.  We did however bring home quite a few.  Bottom fishing was excellent with just a few Lingcod caught but some of the bigger rockfish we have seen in a while heading to the filet tables.  Crabbing was also very good today as you can see by the picture of a family with a full tote and an additional half/tote for there efforts this morning.  

Thursday June 27th report

June 27, 2019

The ocean is just so flat right now with hardly a swell predicted over 3-foot for the next 5-6 days and that means outstanding ocean conditions for fishing.  The Salmon really bit this morning and that is so good news with the big quota we have for the summer that we might just get a good catching salmon summer.  Have not had a really good one for several years.  The bottom fishing was also good today with lots of rockfish caught and some nice Lingcod as well.  The fishing is really picking up and crabbing has also gone form just so-so to pretty darn good over the past week.  A great time to go fishing.

Pic’s from June 25th

June 25, 2019

Two nice Salmon caught on the Sea Fever as the report was they were putting the gear in and down went two dancing  rods.  One Coho and one Chinook Salmon

Pictures from Monday 6/24

The granddaughter of one our our most loyal customers shows her cooked and cleaned crab catch and the work done on the boat that day to pull the crab pots to the surface on the Morning Star.

Saturday June 22nd

June 23, 2019

Nice Lingcod caught on the Sea Fever our 6-pack boat @ Tradewinds Saturday.

Thursday June 20 Fish Report

June 20, 2019

For the third day in a row we had fairly slow fishing around the entire fleet.  The water did warm up a little for this morning but the fish were hard to find and when we did locate them they were slow on the bite.  Even so, we did have many hard working anglers onboard our boats this morning and those that worked hard as it is normally came out OK with decent catches.  All the signs are things are changing after all those northwest windy days we have had and we should see a change in the bite hopefully TOMORROW.  We did catch some nice rockfish and Lingcod today and have a few pictures posted here for the days catch.  Sorry folks, but we have to be honest with you as somedays fishing is just slower then we would like.  The fishing was great but a little slow on the catching. Crabbing on the other hand is picking up, not as many girl crabs in the pots and up to an average around 4-per person.

Wednesday June 19th report

June 19, 2019

The fishing report is similar to yesterday with very cold water in the high 48 degree area.  This consistently over the years has made catching especially rockfish nothing short of hard work and hard work is what our customers did this morning.  Besides what some of the boats experienced very late in the morning trips which was a “frenzy” of biting fish it was a one fish here and one fish there morning.  One of the boats caught a nice bunch of Lingcod about one and a half per customer onboard.  Crabbing today came in on two boats reporting about three per customer.  Looking at the ocean waters this afternoon around 3pm the ocean was free of the wind chop we have been having it seems forever so hopefully tomorrow and beyond will see ocean temps warming up and better biting fish.  Nice picture of this young girl with her really nice Lingcod she caught

Remember, this Saturday, June 22nd is the opening of a predicted good Salmon season along the central coast with 90,000 fish selective quota (healed adipose fin).  If we are able catch half of that in take-home fish this adipose fin summer Salmon fishery era it will be a most successful summer of Salmon fishing.

Fishing dates 7-days a week June 22nd thru August 25th

September fishery 9,000 fish quota non-selective fishery August 31 & September 1st & each other Friday thru Sunday in September thru September 30th or until quota is caught.

Tuesday June 18th fishing report

June 18, 2019

For a 2nd straight day we had a nice morning of ocean weather report to give you but the fishing rumors were that it was a all around slower catching day today.  Yes, it is fishing and catching comes with hard work and for those who did that there was some success this morning but the Lingcod catch was very slow today. Crabbing remains around 2-3 per person.

One inshore Halibut trip and we heard there were some takedowns but no flatfish to show for the day.  So far in the Central Coast area for inshore halibut it has been quite slow and even the offshore Halibut fishing since May 1st has been spotty at times.  Summer is just a few day away so hopefully with Salmon opening this weekend the weather and the catch reports will get better.

Sunday fishing report 6/16/19

June 17, 2019

In the first of the morning hours for about an hour and a half the ocean was really windy and rough but as it does quite a bit of the time for the final 3+ hours we had nice conditions which produced lots of Lingcod and rockfish.  A few pictures from the morning catch.  Crabbing remains a little slow even though we are getting 2-3 per person. Lots of girl crabs crowding the pots so hopefully they will do what they do most summers is move to deeper waters.

Lots of Fish !!

June 15, 2019

Lots of fish caught by Tradewinds vessels the past few days by the Sunrise, Mariner, Mr Max, Morning Star and the Sea Fever.  Here are just a few. 

“SEA FEVER” – Tradewinds New 6-Pack Now Available

June 14, 2019

Our brand new 6-pack vessel the 32′ SEA FEVER made his maiden run this morning and from last report was catching fish.  He runs Bottom fishing trips, Salmon fishing  trips & Inshore Halibut trips as well as adding crabbing as Combo’s to all of those trips.  The boat has really nice fishing tackle onboard with a really skilled US ARMY veteran operator anxious to provide TOP DECK fishing trips for all of his clients.  Book your next fishing trip with Tradewinds on our new 6-pack boat as fishing on 6-packs provides you with no big boat crowds and a much more personal experience.  The boat for your next Oregon Coast fishing adventure.


Tuesday Jone 11th report

June 11, 2019

Two vessels out this morning on a bumpy ocean initially but after the first hour the ocean turned beautiful and we had pretty good success out there catching fish.  Both boats caught a good number of Lingcod as well as the rockfish and the crabbing appears to be picking up with one boat averaging about five per person.

Tuesday June 4th report

June 4, 2019

Had two boats out this morning and both were fishing ups north off of the Siletz River reefs.  It was a strange morning with the current as it began at a straight up and down 0.0 speed in knots.  By the time a hour or so had past it was all the way up to 1.4 knots.  Kinda strange to see a rise in current speed that quickly in a fishing trip.  The office was a little choppy all over this morning without hardly any wind at all probably having to do with the minus tides we are having this week in the morning  hours.  None-the-less fishing was good with limits on the rockfish but not a great deal of  take home Lingcod this morning but quite a few caught that we had to throw back.  Crabbing was slow on the one boat reporting.

Monday June 3rd fishing report + some nice weather coming

June 3, 2019

We had one vessel out this morning and the reports was really good fishing like the weekend was on a nice ocean with lots of really nice sized canary rockfish in the catch.

We also are happy to report a real nice weather week in the forecast with low swells and not much wind in that forecast.  The official start of summer is still a few weeks away but the good weather is beginning to show up in some good stretches now and we are looking forward to a good summer of weather after a rough spring.

Sunday fishing report

June 2, 2019

The forecast this morning was just like the windy-choppy forecast we have had the past few days but today after a brief start to that wind and choppy waters the ocean went to a really nice condition and the wind went away.  The result was really good fishing for all of our boats out this morning with plenty of Lingcod and rockfish to go home with out customers.

Saturday fishing report

June 1, 2019

It was a good day out on the water today even though it was like yesterday, quite on the windy side. Nice Canary rockfish in the picture above.  There was no ocean so to speak (light swell),  so the wind just produced a little bit of uncomfortable  moments but they were not that many of them.  Heard crabbing was around 2-3 per person with lots of girl crabs in the pots which of course have to be returned unharmed.  Lingcod fishing was good on some boats and not so good on others as a heavy current kept bouncing the bottom to a minimum.

Free Fishing weekend

May 30, 2019

This will be a good weekend to go fishing not only because the weather will be good with a 3-foot swell predicted but it is also a free fishing weekend.  No fishing licenses are needed to fish on our charter boats this weekend so give us a call for some savings.

Tuesday fishing Report

May 29, 2019

One boat out today and the fishing was great with close to a limit of Big Lingcod, a rockfish with really nice Quilback, Canary & Yellowtail’s.  Not a small model in all of them.  Not a Black bass in the bunch which is quite strange in this fishery.  No crabbing on this trip this morning.

Memorial Day fishing report

May 27, 2019

Had two boats out this morning and both boats had good days with close to limits on the rockfish and decent Lingcod fishing but less then one per person.  Hopefully as the ocean cleans itself up after a week of bad weather things will get better out there.  There was a huge amount of bait in the water this morning not sure if that has anything to do with the rough seas we have had lately but time will tell as we begin to get into the summer fishing months.

Friday fishing report

May 24, 2019

Went out there this morning on a decent ocean with a fairly decent forecast but as it does especially this time year the forecast happened much earlier then it was listed.  It turned into a rough ocean the last few hours and the fishing was only so-so but we did have a good Lingcod bite per person with a little over one per rod.  The rockfish bite was slow today.  Crabbing for those participating was 4-per person.

Better ocean weather on the way

We do have a fishing boat out this morning on a decent ocean after 4-5 days off the water.  .  Tomorrow sounds a little on the “iffy” side but Sunday moving forward looks like good weather thru the forecast period well into next week.  Maybe, (Hopefully) summer weather is beginning to show up.

Late spring weather issues

May 22, 2019

We are in the midst of some late spring bad ocean weather which might be here for the rest of this work week but as spring weather can be it can change overnight and be really nice the next day.  Today, however is not very nice out there and we will let you know when things look like they are changing.

Almost everyone came back in Thursday

May 16, 2019

We saw 6-vessels leave the harbor Thursday morning, two charter boats going Halibut fishing three charter boats going bottom fishing and one loan small private sport boat going to do something.  Interestingly enough the only boat to stay out was the private sport boat.  All of the charter boats were back in within an hour as the forecasters missed this forecast badly. Not hardly any swell but rainy, windy and 5-6 feet of wind chop out there.  Most uncomfortable !!!  Hopefully better tomorrow.

Finning Bass then the winds came

May 14, 2019

Had one boat out Tuesday morning and came upon what looked like a ocean of finning bass feeding on the surface about a mile to the north of Depoe Bay.  Really fun fishing when this happens where you basically just cast out, let it sink for a few seconds and literally set the hook.  The fish came to the boat fast and furious.  Not a bad scenario for this day because it was not long after the fishing began that a heavy wind which produced a heavy wind chop came thru the area which made it a most uncomfortable ride as well as tough fishing conditions.  They had the limit on the rockfish so home came the boat into a calm harbor.

Monday morning fishing round-up

May 13, 2019

Had several boats out this morning on the bottom fishing reefs and both of them brought home really good bunches of fish for the folks onboard the two boats.  One of the boats had 11-nice Lingcod onboard but the crabbing still remains a little on the pokey side but it is still historically from past years a little early for good scores on the sport boats.

Another beautiful ocean and terrific fishing

May 12, 2019

Had another great ocean day with calm seas, no wind, no rain and it all even got better with terrific fishing.  The boats reporting caught lots of Lingcod with good size to them and limits of rockfish.  The crabbing was also good and getting better with one boat averaging around 3-per person and another close to 4- per person.  More good weather for next week with the exception of Tuesday which looks like a wind day with great weather returning Wednesday.

Saturday fishing round-up

May 11, 2019

We had all five boats out this morning (four bigs and one tiny one) and all came home with really good trips.  Crabbing was decent with three of the boats averaging a little over 2-per person but one of the boats found the sweet spot so-to-speak and brought home 55- crabs on the boat.  The fishing was also really good with all reports we heard from had pretty close to full limits of rockfish and quite a good number of Lingcod the reports said.  The ocean was really nice and we expect that to continue well into next week according to the forecasts we are seeing.

Beautiful Spring Forecast

May 9, 2019

The forecast all the way thru the forecast period which goes into a few days into next week is telling us to expect  beautiful conditions no matter if you want to fish or whale watch here on the Central Oregon Coast.  We are forecasted to get beautiful calm seas with no rain and hardly any wind in the forecast to speak.  Should make for great fishing conditions  & if you choose whale watching to easily spot and take good pictures of  the whales.  Easily qualifies for a good time for a whole family outing on the ocean waters.  Give us a call and make the reservation.

Saturday fishing report

May 4, 2019

The winds let up enough overnight that we had a pretty nice morning out on the pond and all of our boats were booked and out there.  From all reports the rockfish bite was really good with limits we heard on all or most of the boats.  The Lingcod bite we did not hear much about but one boat limited on those as well and actually found those easier to catch then the rockfish.  Not totally unheard of but a little rare.  No report on the crabbing but the last report we did hear was that the commercials were beginning to pick up there pots and that the catch was improving some already.

Weekend Fishing and Crabbing & the Weather

April 29, 2019

Had some nice weather this weekend and we got out for mostly limits on the fishing side and it seems that crabbing might be improving as one of our boats reporting came home with three per person.  Might not seem like a great number but as more of the commercial crab boats are taking there pots to shore for the summer less competition means more crabs for the sport fleet.  It should continue to improve as we get closer to summer.

Another good piece of news is that the spring weather might have finally arrived for the ocean forecast as the next 7-8 days by forecast looks really nice with sunny skies and nice calm seas.  We are open and fishing seven days a week so come on down and book a trip with Tradewinds.

Best summer Salmon forecast for 2019 in years

April 16, 2019

We are in store for a really good summer and fall salmon season if the forecast for this year turns out to be correct.  We have the largest quota of Salmon available to us in many years on the 2019 quota

The hatchery mark selective Coho Salmon season from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border will be open from June 22 through the earlier of August 25 or the quota of 90,000 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon.  There will be a more limited non-selective Coho Salmon season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. that is scheduled to be open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning on August 31 and continuing through the earlier of September 30 or the quota of 9,000 non mark selective Coho Salmon.

Better weather in the forecast

April 15, 2019

Sounds like things will begin to improve by Thursday of this week.  No forecast yet for the weekend but Thursday and Friday look decent so far.

Preliminary Salmon season information

April 13, 2019

The entire Oregon Coast is poised to have a large fin-clipped coho salmon season, with options calling for a statewide quota running between 80,000 and 105,000 fish. The 80,000 fin-clipped coho option also includes a season on wild coho, with an 8,000-fish quota.  The final season will be adopted by the PFMC at there meeting in California ending on April 16th.

Good News – Bad News

April 10, 2019

The Good News is that after over a week of bad weather we did get a boat out this morning on a fairly decent ocean at sail time.  The rockfish bit really well but it was a real struggle getting the Lingcod to bite this morning.  Come about the last hour or so of the trip the Bad News happened and the Bad Weather came back in and really quickly.  Now folks we are back into a bad ocean forecast for at least thru the weekend.  Mostly high surf and rainy conditions in the forecast.  As normal we will let you now when things improve.

Bad Weather Folks

April 7, 2019

We have some pretty bad weather down here now with oceans up over 20 foot at times.  We will let you k now when things b begin to get better and were guessing not until at least the start of next week.

Wednesday fishing report

April 3, 2019

Really good fishing this morning as all of our boats out today spent the trip just a mile or so north of Depoe Bay.  We awoke to some wind on the waters this morning and even though there was very little swell to deal with the ocean had the swell that was there hitting you it seemed from a  few different directions at the same time and the swell(s) were very close together.  It was very fishable but at times a hand was grabbing the rail to hold on.  None-the-less the catching was excellent with limits of a  nice variety of rockfish but we were down on the Lingcod catch this morning.  The current with that wind was moving a little over 1-knot which made staying close to the bottom where those guys live difficult.

Limits Lingcod, Rockfish & even Crab

April 2, 2019

One of our boats came back in on a Tuesday morning trip with a  Lingcod limit, a Rockfish limit and a Crab limit.  The crabbing was really a strange one as it has not been all that great here this early spring but today they were around the pots one can only guess and it was a limit for the one person crabbing with only two pots out there.

Beautiful Saturday Ocean

March 30, 2019

The radio sounded like it was good fishing for all our boats out on the bottom fishing grounds Saturday morning with lots of fish being caught for the passengers onboard.  One of our boats came home with 2-crabs per person and a limit of rockfish and Lingcod. As you can see the ocean was warm with blue skies and lots of. enthusiasm in pulling up those crab pots.

Excellent fishing Friday with great weather all weekend long

March 29, 2019

Have some nice pictures from the boats this morning of some nice Lingcod caught along with excellent catch on the rockfish and lots of variety in the catch.  The crabbing remains only fair as as we have spoke to the ocean is like a mine field out there and when the commercial boys pick up there pots for the summer it will get better.  One of the pics below is on a nice young lady doing her part along with the guys onboard in pulling up the pots.

Thursday fishing report

March 28, 2019

Another nice day to fish out on the pond despite a windy wet forecast that never happened .  It was actually really nice.  The fish bit with limits on the rockfish and I did see some really nice Lingcod on the filet table as well.  The weather tomorrow (Friday) thru the weekend into the first part of next week sounds really nice so would be a great time to come down and do some spring fishing.

Fishing continues to be very good

The fishing has been quite good over the past 3-4 days with plenty of rockfish hitting the filet tables as well as a pretty good number of Lingcod as well.  The Lingcod range in size from the just legal length of 22 inches to some really nice sized ones in the 30+ inch range.  Crabbing is just fair with still so many commercial pots out there yet we are competing with them for the crabs.  As soon as most of them begin to pick up there pots it will improve and that should be happening pretty soon here now.

Spring break fishing

March 25, 2019

We have been fishing on some oceans decent enough to fish on but a little windy, rainy and moderate swell days especially Monday morning.  The catch has been decent with a fair amount of Lingcod caught with nice variety in the rockfish as well.  Did not hear how the crabbing did the past few days but it has been around 2-crabs per person recently not unusual this time of year with as many commercial pots still out there.

Monday fishing in the wind

March 18, 2019

The ocean was really nice this morning with pretty much flat conditions except for the occasional really heavy winds that hit the waters occasionally this morning. Some of them were reaching 20-25 knots.  Sure made crabbing a little tough!!  However, in between all of that one of our boats came within one Lingcod of a limit and 2-rockfish of a limit.  Crabbing was not great but we had one boat report of 2-3 around.

Fishing a little slow on Sunday

March 17, 2019

With a 9-foot swell and a running current the fishing today was slower then it has been with the one boat we had out this morning.  Monday is suppose to be a much nicer day so hopefully we will see an improvement not only in the ocean conditions but fish that are hungry and have there mouths open.

Beautiful day and good fishing

March 16, 2019

Good fishing on the ocean waters this morning with an improvement on the Lingcod bite up on the northern fishing grounds and the rockfish were biting as well.  Really cold water the past few days which always takes the bottom fish bite down a bit but it improved this morning on all of our fishing boats reporting.  Crabbing still remains a little on the slower side with so many commercial pots still out there but we are seeing them starting to bring them to the beach now so our turn is coming.  Some nice pics of some of the Lingcod caught today.  

Too rough today but fishing was great yesterday

March 10, 2019

The ocean is doing what it does this time of year, really nice one day and not so nice the next day.  Have upwards of a 10-foot swell offshore this morning but yesterday it
was virtually flat.  We had great whale watching in the afternoon and really good fishing with lots of Lingcod and the usual variety of rockfish. A few pictures included of some of the Lingcod and a really nice Vermillion rockfish.

Fishing and weather

March 6, 2019

Good weather will be with us thru Saturday, March 9th and the fishing is really good right now.  Late winter-early spring has always been a good time to fish especially for the Lingcod as this is when the spawning cycle takes place and the bigger Lingcod are in the more shallow waters. Lots of nice rockfish being caught as well. The weather on Sunday of this weekend looks like a growing swell might approach the area.

Getting ready for springtime

March 2, 2019

As we approach the beginning of spring now that we are in the month of March our office will be open everyday to get ready for the Spring Breaks and the summer tourist season beginning Friday, March 8th. Our office will be open to take reservations for both fishing and whale watching and answer your questions as our good ocean weather is is starting to happen. Give us a call and watch for our discount coupons which will be appearing on our website soon.

Fish on the bite

March 1, 2019

We finally got some decent weather today with more good ocean weather tomorrow. While the State of Oregon is getting thru heavy snow in parts of Oregon where travel has been more then just difficult the ocean is really very nice. Strange how things shape up weather wise at times. The Lingcod were on the bite today as well as the rockfish and we expect the same tomorrow.

Winter fishing when the ocean is nice

February 15, 2019

When we get out in these winter months you can get some really nice fish especially some really big Lingcod.?

Central Oregon & Idaho Sportsman Shows

Tradewinds just completed five very successful days in Portland at the Expo center at the Pacific Northwest Sportsman Show. We now will be moving on to Redmond, Oregon for the Central Oregon Sportsman Show. The dates of this show are February 28th thru March 3rd. We hope to see you all there. We will also the same four days be in Boise, Idaho for the Idaho Sportsman Show so hope to see you folks from the surrounding Idaho area at that show as well.?

2019 Inshore Halibut Season

February 7, 2019

Oregon ODFW has delivered its recommendation to the Pacific Halibut Commission for the upcoming 2019 Halibut season. Tradewinds as of this writing will not be running the offshore trips which will begin in the first week in May until that quota is reached. We will however run the inshore Halibut trips which open on June 1st. Below is the recommendation that the ODFW has made and you can pretty much plan on this to come to light and be accepted. The good thing about this fishery is that you can also catch Lingcod and bottom fish on this trip where on the offshore trips you only can catch one (1) Halibut and that is all you can bring home.

Nearshore: Opens June 1, seven days per week, inside the 40-fathom line, through the earlier of the quota being caught or Oct 31. Quota = 32,591 pounds

Portland Sportsman Show

January 28, 2019

Hey Folks…Hope you are planning on visiting the Portland Sportsman Show scheduled for February 6-7-8-9-10 at the Expo Center in Jantzen Beach along the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon. Tradewinds Charters will be there and will have some valuable discounts for you so look us up and lets get ready for the 2019 season. The season quota for fish will be the same as 2018 but we will be able to fish out in deeper water this year which is where some bigger fish reside. See ya there.

December 27, 2018

To all of our past and future customers:

We hope the New Year brings you and your family much happiness and success. Hope to see you all at Tradewinds in 2019. Happy New Year to you all.

Merry Christmas from Tradewinds

December 24, 2018

Tradewinds Charters and all its boat captains and employees would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Tradewinds holiday gift certificates

December 18, 2018

Want to give a great gift for Christmas to a friend or family member who likes to fish? You might consider a Tradewinds gift certificate and you can make it for any amount that you wish to cover a fishing trip for one or more people. All you have to do is call the Tradewinds ticket office and they will send you one thru the mail immediately. No expiration date on these certificates. If you get it done in the next few days you will have it before Christmas Day. Call them at 541-765-2345 and Happy Holidays to all of you.

2019 Bottom Fishing regulations

December 9, 2018

The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission adopted recreational and commercial nearshore groundfish fisheries regulations for 2019 as proposed by staff. Next years regulations are very similar to 2018 regulations. The general marine bag limit will again be 5 fish. The lingcod, cabezon, and longleader fishery bag limits will also be the same as 2018, and retention of blue/deacon rockfish will be allowed in the longleader fishery. New for 2019, yelloweye rockfish allowances have increased, so recreational fishing will be allowed out to the 40 fathom line (instead of 30 fathom line) during the seasonal depth restriction, and the restriction is proposed to start one month later, on May 1

Happy Thanksgiving everyone

November 19, 2018

This time of year is the time of the year where we give thanks for the great country that we all live in and for spending time with our families. Hope this holiday season is special for you and your loved ones and we hope to see you all for the 2019 fishing and whale watch seasons. Remember ocean weather permitting the Christmas holidays is a great time to come down and try out some winter time fishing. ?It should be a great time to bag some winter fish for the freezer especially some real nice Lingcod

Off-season information

October 19, 2018

We are in the off-season as we call it so we are not running trips daily as we would in the summer months.  We are operational and running fishing trips and whale watch tours when the ocean is nice and when we have folks wanting to go. So please give us a call and schedule your fishing trip or whale watch tour and our office will tell you when we have them scheduled and the departure times.  Our office is normally open at 10am at the latest and they will be able to give you the information you need.  Call us at 541-765-2345. 

Fishing and crabbing still really good

October 2, 2018

Lots of crabs in the pots and the filet works overtime to get the fish cleaned.

The off season is here

September 29, 2018

Things begin to slow down here this time of year as we are already in the fall season and the rainy season if you know the Oregon Coast can’t be too far away from us.  We will be sending boats out when we have enough folks to go so a long as the ocean weather holds the fishing should be really good like it was today.

Wednesday the fishing and crabbing was really slow and that was really strange as the crabbing normally is as consistent a fishery as we have but for some odd reason not on Wednesday.  Today however one of the boats limited on the crabs and there were lots them to go around and the fishing was also providing limits of fish to the folks onboard.

Friday fishing report

September 21, 2018

Bottom fishing was really good today as all of our boats bottom fishing came home with rockfish limits and we saw some really nice Lingcod in the totes of some really happy folks onboard the boats.


The 2018 Salmon fishing season came to an end today on a good note especially for the Salmon boat we had out this morning on the final day to fish for Coho salmon.  We can still fish for Chinook with no restrictions except for the 24-inch length till the end of September and then thru October but inside the 40-fathom curve, Our one boat out today cam home with over one around average of really healthy looking Coho salmon and one that the ODFW checker estimated was 16-17 pounds.  It was quite the brute.  The hot spot which was empty till the word got out was between 45-60 fathoms in really warm water which was a little surprising they were biting in that kind of water temperature.   They also had 3-4 fish right up close to being netted and 12-15 fish on and off so plenty of action on the final day.

Thursdays fishing report

September 20, 2018



Wednesday fishing news update

September 19, 2018

As we begin the official fall season here in a few days we still have one more day to fish ALL SALMON this Friday, September 21st.  The season closes at midnight on Friday for the year.  The good news about Salmon fishing this summer is that we got the whole summer to fish for them and a number of days here in September to take home a Salmon for the freezer or the barbecue.  We had to throw back many fish with the adipose fin but we still got to fish for them all summer long which was a good thing.  

The bottom fishing folks gave us back one fish so now as of today we can catch five rockfish plus the two Lingcod which was the quota we had most of the summer. Because of the long Salmon season and those out tracking down the Albacore tuna the pressure on the rockfish was less then it could have been.

The inshore Halibut also opened back up so if you want to fish for a Halibut you can 7-days a week inside the 40-fathom curve.

All-in-all we here at Tradewinds Depoe Bay had a great spring, summer and early fall and we thank you our loyal customers.  We are hoping for some nice ocean weather as we enter the fall season.

Tuesday fishing round-up

September 18, 2018

Good bottom fishing this morning but after three hours of the trip I believe the boat had 2-3 fish and that was all.  The vessel ran across one spot and it saved the day producing a limit of rockfish and also some really nice Lingcod  which one was around the 35 inch mark.  He was holding on to a 1-pound or less black bass when we gaffed him.  Crabbing was three crabs per person.

Monday fishing report

September 17, 2018

Slower Lingcod fishing right now especially in the shallow water spots with a little better success out in the deeper waters.  Al of our boats this morning got limits of rockfish even though we had to sort thru a bunch of smaller fish to get the bigger ones in the passengers fishing totes.  Probably thru back 20-30 on one boat and they are not harmed at all because of the shallow water.  You can see them dive right back to the bottom.  Crabbing is not as good as it was a week or so ago like it was for over a month but we are still getting an average of 3-4 per person.

As far as we know the salmon season will re-open back up this upcoming Friday & Saturday.  They normally let us know early on Thursday and hopefully before.

Ocean weather forecast

We will keep you up to date as the days go by this week but for fishing everyday this week thru Sunday looks good right now except for Saturday of all days.  Real nice ocean conditions with very little wind is forecasted except Saturday which right now is showing moderate to heavier winds and a 7-10 foot swell.  Things change but right now you might want to keep an eye on the weather forecasts especially Saturday.

Sunday fishing report

September 16, 2018

Had four boats heading out this morning but all four cancelled trips as it was really rough in the early morning hours.  Heavy rain accompanied moderate to sometimes  heavy wind along with a 6 foot swell.  It was just no place for folks to have fun out there this morning.  Three hours into the morning improvement is taking place and the forecast for the next four days looks really good.

Saturday fishing report

September 15, 2018

Salmon week two closed today with another semi-dissapointing day with only a few fish caught per boat.  Very warm water may have been the culprit or maybe there just are not very many salmon out in front of Depoe Bay this time of year.

The bottom fishing was really good early in the morning hours and then as it has been the past few days cooled off about mid-morning.  By that time most of our bottom fishing boats had there limits of the rockfish with a few Lingcod mixed in.  Crabbing although not as plentiful as it has been the past month or so but still producing maybe around 5 per person.

Friday fishing report

September 14, 2018

Casually optimism gave way to reality this morning as the Salmon bite was not much better then last weekend.  The two boats out this morning did catch some take homes as they are all take homes if you net them but just not as many as we anticipated.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Bottom fishing was really good this morning once again with limit catches coming home of the rockfish but did not hear a report yet today on the Lingcod each.  Crabbing was excellent again this morning.

Thursday fishing report

September 13, 2018

The ocean and the weather-person are having a hard time getting together with nice ocean forecasts as the ocean thinks a little nautical and the weather-person says really nice.  Hopefully they will be together tomorrow thru the weekend with the nice ocean weather forecast.

One of the charter boats out this morning caught a really nice Coho salmon while bottom fishing.  Hope that is a good sign for good fishing tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday. Yes, we had to throw it back for many a reason.

The bottom fishing was really good this morning with really nice quality rockfish biting the hooks for limits on all of our boats.  Not many Lingcod this morning possibly due to a heavy current on the water this morning. Crabbing was also excellent.

Wednesday fishing report / new departing times

The bottom fishing today was a little slow but thanks to some late trip biting by the fish both boats out today ended up really well on the rockfish.  The Lingcod were slow today as September normally shows some decent Lingcod fishing beginning to comeback after summer slower times mixed in with days like today. Tomorrow could be different we hope.

The ODFW added a few thousand more salmon to the September quota from “summer roll over” which is hard to understand but we got more fish to catch.  There were only a few hundred fish left on the quota after last weekend as we heard Tillamook and south of Newport quite ways were the hot spots.  Hopefully those southern fish will be moving thru our area this weekend.

Heard some boats are catching some Tuna bout 30 miles out but have-not heard anything from our office about any trips.

Also next Monday, the 17th of September we will be loading at 7am and departing at 7:30am.

Tuesday fishing report

September 11, 2018

Al little nautical and windy seas today but we did get one of the larger boats out this morning.  Even with the seas the way they were we still got a limit of rockfish but did not hear any report on the Lingcod bite today.  We also got a good bunch of crabs and we hear the ocean weather will be much improved by tomorrow morning and then really nice thru the weekend.

Monday fishing report

September 10, 2018

Fishing was excellent on Monday with limits of really big rockfish the report was and also some nice lingcod.  Crabbing was excellent as everyone crabbing limited the story was reported.

New departure times beginning next weekend

September 9, 2018

Beginning next Monday Tradewinds will change departure times as it is getting too dark going out there at 6:30am…   On Monday, September 17th our new check in time will be 7:00am and departure will be at 7:30am.

Sunday fishing report

There was some information of some Salmon being caught south of Newport Saturday and if that was true possibly we might have some fish to catch next weekend when the salmon season opens back up next Friday & Saturday.  If we hear anything else we will let you know.

The bottom fishing was really good this morning in the shallow water off of the Siletz River reefs Sunday morning. Some nice sized Black rockfish and quite a few Yellowtail rockfish were fund in the shallow water which is a little unusual as they are normally found in deeper water.  Some Lingcod were caught and the crabbing proved to be really good in the crab pots on the way home.

Saturday fishing report

September 8, 2018

Salmon for the 1st report of the day.  It was the same as yesterday with unfortunately not that many brought home for our boats this morning but there were some and they were nice fish.  Lots of bites and takedowns reported but they either were on and off quickly or lost halfway back to the boat.

The bottom fishing was terrific.  The two boats we had out this morning on the bottom fishing reefs came home and both with limits with quite a few Lingcod.  One of the boats came back with 150+ “CRABS” which is sure a huge difference from earlier this summer.  The crabbing took off about three weeks ago and was really good back then but now has gotten even better.  If you like crab on your dinner table then now looks like the time.

Friday fishing report

September 7, 2018

Bottom fishing was again really good today with almost everyone getting there limits on the rockfish and there were a good number of lingcod but no limits on them.  The larger boat out today had over 100 crabs so it was a good day on that side of it also.

The Salmon report a little different story but some good signs.  There were not a whole lot of fish caught but without the adipose fin restriction all that were landed in the nets got to go home.  The Silver salmon are of decent size for this time of year and some nice Chinook were caught as well.  Quite a few juvenile salmon caught also which were under the length requirement so we did have to throw those back.  The chance is there to catch and take home a salmon so its worth the money spent especially tomorrow is forecasted to be another beautiful flat ocean.  Hopefully we get a few more on the hooks tomorrow.

Thursday fishing report

September 6, 2018

Excellent bottom fishing today as our boat out this morning got a limit of rockfish almost completely comprised of nice good sized Canary rockfish.  Also the Lingcod fishing was also very good with 8-9 of the toothy critters headed for the filet knife from the trip.  Crabbing was also really good with a six per person average this morning.

Cautiously looking forward to tomorrow morning and the opening of the adipose fin-less Salmon fishing.  Lots of fun if there are fish around to be caught.  Will let you know about afternoon time tomorrow how it went.

Salmon fishing this weekend

September 5, 2018

We still h ave a few spots left for Salmon fishing this Saturday and remember we don’t have to throw back any of the fish anymore (adipose fin rule lifted for September fishery) as long as they are the right length.  The fish should be really nice fish and should have a good deal of weight to them this time of year.  Give our office a call and get in on the fun and fill those remaining spots we have available.

Wednesday fishing report

Labor Day is behind us now and fall is getting closer by the day but still some really good days ahead beginning tomorrow to get out there and catch some nice bottom fish and over the weekend both Salmon and bottom fishing.  Also remember that crabbing is really good right now.  Also remember Friday and Saturday’s of this month as long as the quota holds out we can keep any legal length salmon caught.  Lets hope the quota runs out after two weekends as that means the salmon are in the area.  Had some heavy winds the past 3-4 days and that has cooled down the water which in-turn probably has cleared out the masses of jellyfish we have had in the area.  That means Salmon, here we come after you all.

One bottom fishing trip today and after yesterday we heard from other charters that it was incredibly slow but today was really pretty good.  That is a good sign for the upcoming weekend.  The weather sounds good as far as the ocean water so come on down and join us.

Labor Day fishing report

September 3, 2018

The summer season today marks a day where things along the coast begin to slow down as by tomorrow all the kids across the land will be back in school so we depend on the senior groups who travel a lot during this pre-fall time of year.  Of course there are years when the coastal weather is some of the best we have this time of year. By the sounds by about Thursday thru the upcoming weekend we will be seeing some of that type of nice weather.  Right now however we are still a day or two away from escaping these heavy winds we are experiencing right now and with that brings colder water and the fish seem to not bite as well like this morning.  Crabbing remains very good and remember we have the non-selective salmon fishery opening up this Friday.  That being any legal salmon caught with or without a adipose fin gets to go home with the person who catches it.

Summer Salmon fishing

The summer months salmon fishing season will close tonight, September 3rd at midnight.  We will see all of you summer fishing folks next summer and will have the new season information when the PFMC makes those decisions in April 2019.


In the meantime, we will have the non-selctive season still to go beginning this Friday, September 7th.  The season will be open every Friday and Saturday in September or until the quota (3,500) is reached.  This season is always something to look forward to as we do not have the adipose fin restriction to deal with so we can keep any legal length salmon we catch.  Salmon catching the past week has been quite slow so hopefully some will show up the open weekends in September.  Good fishing to you all.

Sunday fishing report

September 2, 2018

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone….

Depending where you were was the factor on how you would do with the bottom fishing.  The normal spots everyone goes to were very slow the report was but closer to home had a few very fun moments as the fish were really on the bite.  The rest of the time it was also very slow but enough for one boat to capture a boat limit.  No Lingcod today was the word on one boat reporting.  Crabbing made up for a lot of that with again terrific results with around7-11 per person depending on the boat.

Salmon fishing this morning was and no other way to put it honestly….”very slow”.   With the “don’t have to worry about the adipose fin season” opening next Friday we sure hope a few fish swim into the area.

Saturday fishing update

September 1, 2018

All our boats like yesterday were bottom fishing but we do have a salmon boat going out tomorrow.  Both trips types of fishing today were quite slow even though the bottom fishing did pickup right at the end of the trip in the mid-water depth (around 100 feet) so we got as we call it “saved” at the end.  One of the boats actually almost limited his crew and there were a few Lingcod caught.  Crabbing from all the reports was terrific again today.     The fishing ocean weather is OK even though the reports are for windy conditions thru next Wednesday.  Today however, even though the wind was beginning  to come up it was a really nice ocean out there this morning.  We do have two boats back out bottom fishing this afternoon and are hopeful the fish get hungry.

Friday fishing report

August 31, 2018

We did not have any boats out salmon fishing today as all of our vessels were bottom fishing.  The word around the radios was that it was quite slow today and that the good info was that there were quite a few fish south of us out around the rock pile a little to far for us to go on a normal 5-hr trip.  Hopefully they will move our way.

Bottom fishing was excellent today with either limits or very close to limits were caught on the rockfish with some Lingcod in the mix.  Crabbing scores today sounded really good.

Salmon season ending error

August 30, 2018

We have reported incorrectly that the 2018 summer salmon season would end this Friday August 31st.  That is incorrect as the real closure date is Labor Day, Monday September 3rd.

Tuesday-Wednesday fishing update

August 29, 2018

The past three days we have had the first possible look at fall weather beginning to come upon us with winds and uncomfortable seas.  Certainly not a small boat (6-pac’s) kind of ocean.  It was a big boat last three days.  It was suppose to get better by this morning but never did but as of this writing at mid-day it was finally beginning to look much better.  The next few days and hopefully thru the weekend we are hopeful the forecast is correct and will give us some better ocean conditions.

We heard this morning though we did no have salmon boats out today that it was pretty slow out there.  Only two more days to the close of the summer salmon season and we look forward to the Friday-Saturday September fishery to be a really good one.  If the fish are here there should be some really big ones out there.  That season begins September 7th.


The big boats out the past few days have had to deal with some lumpy conditions but the fishing has been pretty good.  Today was better then Tuesday but both days saw quite a good number of fish caught including today some really nice Lingcod and one very large Halibut shown in the picture here.

Monday fishing report

August 27, 2018

Tough fishing day out on the pond this morning.  Had a overnight rising swell we had to deal with on the trip this morning along with some wind and moderate tidal currents.  Forced us somewhat to have to fish in shallower water and that also forced us off where the fish have been biting that being the mid-deeper water.  Anyhow the ocean weather is improving and tomorrow into the rest of the week we will be seeing a steady improvement.

Sunday fishing update

August 26, 2018

Salmon fishing produced quite a good number of fish in nets but not very many of those were taken home today.  We really had a problem today with jellyfish as they were pretty much everywhere out there right in the spots we were fishing and getting some bites.  It was a continual cleaning of lines when some of them went further offshore to escape them.  We still do have quite a few fish in the area and hope to catch them once the jellyfish clear out of here.  The summer season ends this coming Monday,  September 3rd.  The September fishery will be open every Friday and Saturday in September or until the quota is reached.  We never came close to the summer fish quota as there were far to many fish caught which had the adipose fin attached.  The September fishery we do not have to worry about that as any legal length salmon we can keep.  We only hope the fish are still around when the opener September 7th comes around.

An approaching stretch of bad ocean weather sometimes makes the bottom fish a little lazy about biting.  Such might have been the case this morning.  We came home with very decent catches but we had to work hard for them.  Sounds like a growing swell & some showers will be in our area from the present thru Tuesday possibly.

Saturday fishing report

August 25, 2018

Had one boat out on the salmon grounds and our skipper went a long way north in order to catch up to the moving salmon.  He caught three as take home fish and quite a few more with the adipose fin which we have to return to the ocean waters.  They have been in our area for around 10 days and this time of year are moving north mainly towards the Columbia River area.    Hopefully there are more moving this way from the south not already by our area so the decent salmon action continues.  Next Monday (Labor Day) September 3rd is the final day of the summer salmon season and then we wait till the September fishery open Friday and Saturday’s(September 7 & 8 the first opener) till the quota is reached or September ends.

Bottom fishing was really good this morning with lots of rockfish caught mostly the orange ones (Canary rockfish).  Quite a few Quilback rockfish and some Black rockfish.  No great number of Lingcod but one boat got seven this morning and they were really nice sized ones including to “Hanger Lingcod”.  Crabbing remains Ok with 3-5 per person on a  combined average off all of the boats.

Friday fishing report

Salmon took a turn today with slow results after around 10 days of very good fishing.  We are hopeful maybe by tomorrow they begin to bite again or a new batch of them come up out of the south the typical direction they travel from.

Bottom fishing was very good today as everyone was out in the deeper water 110-130 feet and catching lots of species we typically catch off in deeper water like canary rockfish and Quilback rockfish alone with some nice Yellowtail. No limits on the Lingcod side but some really nice sized ones on the filet tables.  Crabbing remains pretty good with maybe 3-5 per participant.

Thursday fishing report

August 23, 2018

Salmon fishing has been great all week long even back as far as a week or so ago.  There is lots of action but of course we are still having to throwback lots of salmon because of the adipose fin law.  We are seeing possibly a few more take home fish in the past few days.  Why that is I don’t think anyone has the answer to that.

Bottom fishing improved today based on the report of a few of the boats out there on the bottom fishing reefs.  Lots of Canary rockfish on the bite and not anything close to limits but a good number of Lingcod also came to the filet table.

Wednesday fishing report

August 22, 2018

We did not have a salmon boat out this morning but we can suspect the fishing to have been very good as there is so much bait out there it is keeping the salmon around the area.  On bottom fishing trips this morning several were hooked and returned to the waters after taking the hook off and many more were seen chasing bottom fishing jigs.  It is a great time to come down and give it a try.  They are big Coho salmon with the occasional Chinook salmon in the 9-11 pound range (Coho) mostly and make for a great barbecue.

Bottom fishing improved this morning with one boat coming back in with a limit and several Lingcod as well.  Mostly a semi-deep water catch right now as the inside more shallow water contains lots of fish but not biting right at this time.  The ones we are getting are the occasional Black bass with lots of really nice good eating Canary rockfish.

Tuesday Fishing report

August 21, 2018

Another good salmon day out there with “gobs” of action and “gobs” of throwbacks and it was reported that they had multiple salmon laying on the deck after 5-6 on at the same time only having to throw back each and every one.  We were hopeful that they all survived the trauma.  And the group onboard went home with only one salmon short of a limit.  Good day.

Was a little better on the bottom fishing grounds but still not close to being up to what we are used to.  Some of the boats did better in the deeper water but the mounds of fish we are seeing are also surrounded by lots of bait fish and they are the ones getting attacked by the rockfish.  It will get better like it always does.

Crabbing was terrific with most folks going home with around 7-8+ crabs per person.

Monday fishing report

August 20, 2018

Bottom fishing was a little bit better this morning but its has been off what we are used to the past three days.  Saw some nice Lingcod on the filet table and quite a few Canary and Black rockfish.  Crabbing is very good with one boat well over 100 crabs for the day and a 6-pac boat with 51 keepers.

The Salmon fishing was terrific for the third day in the row with pretty much constant action on the five hour trip this morning.  Our small boat had well over 22 throwback fish but came home with 9-keepers today.  The photo included shows some of those nice fish.  Except for one probably around a nine pound average.  

Sunday fishing report

August 19, 2018

Mixed bag today to speak to….Tradewinds did not have boats out salmon fishing today as all of the boats were booked with advanced group bottom fishing trips with crabbing.  However, as an update we heard from some of our associates who are sport boat operators and they told us that the salmon bite was really good today for a 2nd straight day.  We do have salmon boats going tomorrow.

The bottom fishing after a few days of poor fishing came alive today on most of the boats reporting.  It seemed that the major bite today was out in the deeper water.  The fish on the inside reefs were there in huge numbers but they for whatever reason that makes them not hungry well, that was the case.  Fo those boats venturing out on the deeper water 120-140 feet out there it was a terrific bite.  Lots of Canary and Lingcod out there today.  Crabbing which for the past week has finally come alive this summer as well was really good again today.

Saturday fishing report

The best day of salmon fishing might have been today for the summer.  Some boats had continual action for all five hours of the trip.  One boat we heard had 60 fish on hooks and threw back a very large majority of them but was able to take home ten fish as keepers.  The fish were right out in front of the harbor about a mile or two offshore and they were really on the bite.  Same old adipose fin problem however.

For the second straight day the bottom fishing was quite slow.  Lots and lots of fish showing on the fish machines but not many of them biting.  We had three afternoon trips today so hopefully they went on the bite for those three boats.  No word on those trips yet.  Crabbing remains very good.

Friday fishing report

August 17, 2018

Salmon fishing this morning sounds about the same as the whale watching sounds every day.  The whale watching says lots of whales everywhere and the salmon news says loots of Salmon biting but not a whole lot of them we are able to retrain and bring home.

Bottom fishing followed suit today also with a slower bite then what we are used to. It started out quickly with some nice sized fish caught and then it stopped quickly and then from then on it was just a fish here and there.  Crabbing which was so slow most of the summer is now really going with some great scores coming to the docks.


Cabezon retention last day Friday

August 16, 2018

Sport anglers can no longer retain cabezon effective Friday, Aug. 17 at 11:59 p.m.

The recreational harvest is predicted to reach its quota of 16.8 metric tons by Friday, partly because the average weight of cabezon landed this year is higher than usual, and bottomfish effort has been very high this summer.

Sportfishing for other bottomfish remains open

Wednesday fishing report

August 15, 2018

Really good bottom fishing this morning with some Lingcod but plenty of really nice Black and Canary rockfish. Crabbing which was so poor for two months is now really good.  Worth the $20 folks at least it was this morning.

The salmon fishing just the same as it has been.  Good action periodically thru the morning but more throwbacks then take home fish.

Tuesday fishing report

Salmon fishing was like it has been.  Some fishing were legal to keep and take home where quite a few others caught had to be released back into the water.

The bottom fishing was good this morning and that the crabbing was also pretty good as we get back into putting the pots on the shallow water beach spots up off Lincoln Beach.

Monday fishing report

August 13, 2018

Was suppose to be a windy day out there but they downgraded the forecast mid morning and the ocean still a little choppy with a 5-6 foot swell is plenty nice to be out there.  Our bottom fishing boats did good today based on one report.  One of the boats got a bunch of Lingcod which recently has been a little hard to find and a limit of rockfish mostly Canary’s which were mostly really nice sized fish.  The crab boat we had today has not reported in so far but over the weekend we have had plenty of good scores coming off the beach area.

Sunday fishing report

August 12, 2018

The bottom fishing was a kittle slow in the morning but much better then Saturday morning.  Also, just like Saturday afternoon the catching was great on Sunday afternoon.  Cabezon were caught today and one really nice Lingcod reported and we had good crabbing results from the one boat reporting in on the crabbing.

Salmon unlike yesterday’s really great day with lots of action died off today with only a few fish caught that we could bring home.  Quite a few throwbacks reported.  This seems to be the trend with one really good day and then the next not so good.  That means tomorrow should be a good day to go.

Saturday afternoon fishing

After a tough morning on the bottom fishing reefs things picked up with one of the boats out reported in with a limit including five Lingcod.  The crabbing was also decent in the afternoon with average scores of take home crab.


August 11, 2018

Probably one of the slowest bottom fishing days of the summer as all of the boats really struggled to catch fish this morning.  It was a rainy and windy morning on choppy ocean conditions and not sure if that had anything to do with it.  It might have but I doubt it.  It was just one of those rare days where they just don’t bite and tomorrow is another day.   We have afternoon trips going on right now so hope it improves.

On the other hand we had our best day of the summer in take-home fish on the salmon side.  So the one day we struggle which is rare on the bottom fishing side the salmon results are much improved.

Friday fishing report

Thanks to a rip tide which formed right at the end of the trip it was a good day catching salmon which was also helped by only one throwback fish.  Very lucky there.  The bottom fishing was good both morning and afternoon and the crabbing is finally beginning to show good rewards as they have found there way into the beach  as far a depth goes and we are catching them.. One boat had 49 today.

Thursday fishing report

August 9, 2018

The crabs appear finally to be in the shallows where our operators are able to get to them.  For the first time in quite a few years the crabs have been hanging out in the deeper water for some reason and just in the past 4-5 days we have been finding them in the shallow water where sport pots can get to them.  One of our boats today came home with 41 of those critters.

The salmon fishing was not to bad today with quite a few  salmon biting the hooks and a number of them meeting the requirements for take home fish.  Still a good many others having to be thrown back.

The bottom fishing was good today but the Lingcod bite in the shallow water is not really good right now even though we are bringing home some.  August is somewhat typical for a lighter bite on the Lingcod but September is coming up quickly where historically it should improve.  Lots of color in some of the totes today with Canary rockfish and many other types.

Wednesday fishing report

August 7, 2018

Bottom fishing was good today with one boat bringing back 7-Lingcod and some really nice Cabezon’s. Here is one of the nice Lingcod and Cabezon in the picture to the right.  There were lots of Canary rockfish with an assortment of Black rockfish, Blue and Quilback’s.  Crabbing was slow on one of the boats but really good on another.  It seems that the crabs have moved into the beach area and more shallow spots.

Monday fishing report

August 6, 2018

Not sure about the final salmon news today but we do know there were some keepers but again, quite a few throwbacks.  The crabbing today was pretty good with a little over 3.5 crabs per person participating.  Despite what you might hear about the crabs being soft this time of year the ones we are keeping and cooking up are in really good shape with a quality amount of meat to them.  It is worth the $20 per person.  The bottom fishing was good today with limits of rockfish in the fishing totes but not a great deal of Lingcod bit the hooks.  However, had a good number of really nice Cabezon today.

Crabbing update

August 5, 2018

Had good days on the crabs the past two days.  If you like crab you might give us a call for a trip you have reserved or want to make.  

Sunday fishing report

Two of the boats headed up north to fish the deeper water and another into the shallow waters…all in hope of a rockfish bite and some Lingcod to go along with the rockfish.  What we all found was a really heavy current upwards on average of 1.2 knots with in certain areas quite higher.  That makes fishing deep very difficult and especially keeping your leads on the bottom where the Lingcod usually are.  Thus not a real big bite on the toothy ones today.  The rockfish bite on the other hand even bite better in the heavy currents.  That was the case today.

We have two boats out on combo trips fishing for salmon and bottom fish as well as crab.  Will see what the afternoon rockfish bite was later as well as the crabbing part of the trip.  The salmon bite this morning was pretty decent with a good number of fish going home but as we have been speaking to many-many more had to be thrown back.

Saturday fishing report

The bottom fishing today was really good but very few Lingcod came to the filet table today as it has been for the past few days.  Not a uncommon thing for this time of the summer.  The Salmon fishing from one report was pretty good with a couple of Chinook and a few Coho salmon going home with the folks on one of our smaller boats.  Quite a few throwbacks as it has been for everyone this summer and also quite a good number of takedowns.  A few boats crabbing tomorrow so as one boat yesterday did really well and some of the reports it is beginning to pick up.  We will let you know tomorrow.

Friday fishing report

August 4, 2018

First off a happy birthday to one of our skippers Dan Zimmerman owner/operator of the Mariner.

Really good day fishing on the water today for both bottom fish and Salmon.  Lots of salmon in the area right now but we are still running into the throwback thing even though today there were quite a few take home fish on several boats out there.  There were even some really nice Chinook salmon like the ones in the pictures today. Some were 20+ pounds as well.

he bottom fishing was really good also with some the best grade of rockfish that we have had all summer.  There were some nice lingcod on some of the boats today also.

We also had one boat out crabbing and we are seeing moderate improvement finally with one small boat bringing in 20+ crabs this afternoon.  So those interested in crabbing you might think about doing it even though they are in around the 90-100 foot range where some of the boats are beginning to get them in the pots.  

Thursday fishing report

August 2, 2018

The bottom fishing ended up like it normally does with really good catches but not a great deal of Lingcod on the hooks.  Some of the boats purely because of where they were dangling there hooks caught more Lingcod then on other boats.  The Salmon again was with decent action we were told but not many take home fish.  The last time I saw the numbers we have a quota of 35,000 Salmon  this summer season and so far we have caught around 5% of them.  That is not because of lack of fish but its because the number of hatchery fish out there.  Just in my opinion but all of these fish we are throwing back just can’t be all natives.   Many people are saying that many are hatchery fish that were not fin clipped.  Only the ODFW really knows but it would be nice if the people going on these trips no matter if they are sport boat folks or charter boat folks could take a few fish home with them.

Wednesday fishing report

August 1, 2018

Heard some folks talking about TUNA this morning.  We do know they have moved in closer but from what was being said still a little far out there for us to get to them just yet.  They are about sixty miles and they need to get inside the 40 mile range better inside 30 miles.  However, they are getting closer so keep in touch with us about TUNA.

Bottom fishing this morning was really good even though some of the boats are still out there.  The rockfish bite was really good with Cabezon, Lingcod being caught by quite a few fisher-people.  One boat back in early with good catches coming home on the others also.

The Salmon bite this morning was really improved from the word out there with quite a few keepers coming in and the sport boats were limiting on some of the boats.  This might be a good time to get down here.

Tuesday fishing report

July 31, 2018

The Salmon sounded on the radio like what has been happening since the season opened with quite a few fish on and off, quite a few more throwbacks because of the adipose fin & some take home fish.

The bottom fishing was good this morning but the lingcod reportedly were somewhat off the bite this morning.  Lots of bass, Canary rockfish and Cabezon hit the filet tables this morning as we had four boats out fishing for them.

Sunday fishing report

July 29, 2018

Salmon fishing today was quite slow with only a few caught to go home.  There were quite a few throw-backs but even that has slowed somewhat.  Salmon fishing is this way with a slow day or two and then it really lights up for a few days.  Hopefully that will be this next week.

Bottom fishing was pretty good we are told with even a inshore Halibut caught on one of the boats today.  The offshore deep leader fishing was quite slow out there this morning.

Saturday fishing report

July 28, 2018

Salmon fishing the same as it has been.  Quite a few take downs, a good number of throw backs but not that many take home fish.  The water is warming up so hopefully we will see an improvement on the total action which should improve the take home variety.More salmon trips this afternoon.

Bottom fishing was really good for the boats reporting as total limits on the rockfish with some boats fishing in the shallow water and others out in the deeper water.  Not as many Lingcod as yesterday but a fair amount.  Some really nice Canary rockfish in the mix but from reports no Cabezon today.

Friday fishing report

July 27, 2018

Not a great deal of Salmon action today but it did begin really fast with some take home fish and quite a few throw back fish.  Then it went dead for most of the remaining time in the trip.  The water is warming up however and in the word around the boats we are close to some really hot salmon days as the conditions get a little better.  

The Tuna report is still along way offshore but with really nice weather and ocean conditions on the horizon we hope by next week we will have some good news for you Tuna chasers.

Bottom fishing was really good slow fishing this morning  Meaning:  not a real hot bite but those who were on the rods all morning came home with some really nice fish and close to limits on some of them.  One of the boats limited on the Lingcod had four Cabezon and got the rest of the limit rockfish needed.  Really nice fishing ocean with water temps improving and things should get really “HOT” here pretty soon.  

Thursday fishing report

Salmon remains on the slow side mainly because of the adipose fin rules where we are catching salmon but not taking a lot of them home because of that rule.  Seems to be plenty  of action but too many of those fins on the backs of the fish.  We need more fish in the hatcheries to be finned clipped.  

Bottom fishing was not hot today by any means but because our trips are 5-hours in length we work hard at it  our boats come home with really good catches of fish with plenty  of Lingcod.

Wednesday fishing report

July 25, 2018

Salmon catching was “HOT” today again with lots of action but like quite a few of the Salmon trips far to many throw back fish then take home fish.  For those of you out there that don’t understand that there is a law in Oregon that any Salmon caught in the ocean of the Coho (Silver) species must have a healed adipose fin in order to retain.  Al others must be returned to the ocean waters unharmed.

The bottom fishing today was good but not great as the reports came in.  Quite a few Lingcod however being caught like the one in the picture.  Sound like ocean waters will improve thru the weekend and next week as the heat wave in the valley cools down we should have excellent conditions we are hearing.

Tuesday fishing report

July 24, 2018


The ocean this morning was certainly OK and safe to fish but it was a little on the windy and rough side.   The fish really bite sometimes in rock & roll oceans.  Good catches of fish both on the bottom fishing and salmon trips today.  Probably the best take home fish catch on the salmon of the season and with the pictures we have provided really good on the Lingcod as well.

Summertime oceans for the most part are really nice and  comfortable and fun to be on. 

Monday fishing report

July 23, 2018

Not sure what the bottom fishing was like this morning as one boat was home a little bit early so one can assume that this meant that the fishing was pretty good.  The ocean was tons better then it was yesterday so that of course makes the prospect of catching fish certainly better.

We had three boats out fishing Salmon this morning with two of them on 8-hour combo trips.   There was quite a bit of chatter on the radio that the action was really good.  Sounded like it was a very poor start with no one getting fish to go but hour numbers 2 thru 4 sounded really good with some keeper fish on the boats and quite a few throw back ones as well.   Salmon fishing is what it is in these times with the law on the adipose fin thing certainly limiting the number of take home fish we are catching but they are sure fun trips with quite a few fish out there we are getting to reel on.  Would like for the folks to take a few more home however like the one in he picture from today.

Sunday fishing report

July 22, 2018

Woke up this morning to the first actual foggy morning of the summer and it was really like pea soup out there.  There was no wind but it was also quite rough out there and came under the category of a”big boat” only day as our 6-pac came back in after being out there less then 20-minutes.  The fishing was really slow both on the bottom fishing, crabbing and salmon trips.  The salmon after a week of having lots of action really was off the bite this morning.  Bottom fishing produced some fish to those who worked really hard at it and the crabbing even though we are getting in the pots loads of females there are very few of the males we can keep.  One fisherman who goes with us a lot did work hard for these two really nice Cod (picture to right & nice waves in the background).  As the saying goes……tomorrow is another day.

Saturday fishing report

July 21, 2018

It was a windy morning and all of our five boats were out there fishing pretty much in the same location up north and all had good trips especially on the rockfish.  Not a whole lot of Cabezon and Lingcod today as we were dealing with a pretty hard currents about a knot and a half so keeping the bait on the bottom was difficult.  We also had three trips on the bigger boats out this afternoon and the word was the fishing was a little better then the morning catch.

Friday fishing report

July 20, 2018

Had a bunch of bottom fishing boats who were crying the blues where they were fishing way up north off of Lincoln City this morning and they were talking about how the current was coming down from near a 2-knot current to a more manageable one.  They were saying if that just comes down a little more these fish just might light off…..and they did!!  Before the big lights out explosion of fish being caught they had some really nice Cabezon and Lingcod but the more general rockfish we catch a lot of were not biting at all.  Well, one drift of about 15 minutes and they were all done.  It is really spectacular to see a boat with fish coming in off very rod pretty much at the same time.  

The Salmon fishing was not bad this morning but there were not as many bites as we have had the past few days.  The ones that did bite for some odd reason were all hatchery fish that we were able to keep.  Brought home 5-real fat healthy Coho salmon.  To the right is a picture of a few of them.

Thursday fishing report

Only had two larger boats out today bottom fishing and the fishing was really good mainly up around the Lincoln City reefs where most of the really good fishing has been from year to year.  Especially if you are looking for the Lingcod and having good chances of taking a few of those home with you after the trip.  Heard there were rockfish limits and some really nice “COD” at the filet tables.

Have all or most of the boats out tomorrow with some afternoon trips.  We will  have Salmon as well as bottom fishing trips in the morning.

Wednesday fishing report

July 18, 2018

All of our boats out this morning were bottom fishing and heard from three of them that they had really good trips.  Limits on the rockfish with some good variety on several of the boats and a decent assortment of Lingcod and Cabezon.  Three of the boats were crabbing with one boat reporting 2-crabs per person.

Salmon-Bottom & even crabbing on Tuesday

July 17, 2018

Had a boat futon the SALMON grounds and we are hopeful this might be the trend we have been looking for with quite a few fish back to the filet table and another 20 plus fish we had to throw back in with the dreaded adipose fin.  There were also quite a few more fish on and off as we call them “take downs” so that is positive at least to the point that there are a good number of fish out there.


BOTTOM FISHING was really good today with limits certainly on the rockfish but there were also quite a few nice Lingcod and Cabezon caught on all of these trips.  Right now the ocean water temps are such that they are at temps which are really likable to rockfish and Lingcod.  Might be a good time to come and go bottom fishing.


CRABBING picked up a little today with one boat bagging 12 of those guys so maybe a good sign for some better action coming up..

Salmon update

July 16, 2018

Might be the time to make that Salmon reservation.  No limits out there but quite a good number of fish on hooks and quite a number of the adipose fin ones we have to throw back in by regulation.  There are also some really nice fish that we are able to keep and as we get into the summer a little more they are getting larger as well.  The middle of July into the first few weeks of August historically have always been a good time to catch Salmon.

Monday fishing report

Not a really calm ocean this morning but it was more then fishable for anyone out there.  It was somewhat foggy which will make the ocean look a little more nautical then it really was.  Our 6-pac boat was back early with a limit of fish including the majority of the Lingcod.  It was really good fishing out there this morning with lots of Canary rockfish and some really big Copper rockfish.