Fishing Report

Sunday fishing report

June 13, 2021

No salmon boats out this morning as all who did go this morning on a steady rainy day we’re doing the bottom fishing thing.  No word on any crabbing that was done or a Lingcod catch but one boat was home with about half the trip left with obviously a limit on the rockfish.  The other boat we heard from fishing was going very well up off the Lincoln City Reefs.

Yesterday the salmon boat we did have out caught  2-legal take home Coho salmon and had two others on and possibly a few other takedowns.  That was the salmon action on the five hour trip.  The fish that were caught were in the 4-5 pound variety which really is typical for this time of the year on the Coho salmon.  There might be some good news in that we have a few fish already here this early in the season as we normally the past 10-years or so have not even began the season till late in June.  With a 120,000 fish quota we feel that they will begin to show up in larger numbers hopefully soon.  We do have one trip for tomorrow already scheduled and a few more during the week.  We will give you the accurate account of the salmon action here as we get it.

We also have Halibut trips this week and if interested give us a call or see the website REZ system for the dates this week we do have trips headed out.

Did hear some Tuna news the other day and that the conditions we are seeing thus far offshore do give us some positive hope that this will be a good season and the fish will be coming in our way more so than the past few years.  We will keep you informed and normally this season might start sometime late June or the first part of July.

Mid-afternoon Saturday fishing report

June 12, 2021

Don’t have hardly any information for the day on either the salmon or the bottom fishing.  I did hear early this morning that one salmon boat had a triple on and were able to keep one of them as assuming the other two had adipose fins and had to be returned to the water unharmed.  Will try to get some better information for you along with a bottom fishing and crabbing report later in the day.

Too Rough on Friday

June 11, 2021

Windy, wet and rough ocean today.

It’s a quick hitter so all should be a “GO” for tomorrow.

Thursday fishing report – No boats out on Friday due to weather

June 10, 2021

Four vessels out on the bottom fishing reefs on Thursday morning and in a unusual occurrence the best bottom fishing for both the rockfish and the Lingcod was within five minutes of the harbor.  The skippers dropped there crab pots out front and saw some signs of fish in the area and dropped in on them and it was terrific fishing.  On most occasions our skippers venture up north off the Lincoln City reef area but one of the things our skippers are good at is recognizing the signs of where the fish might bite.  So it was a great move by the TW big boats to fish close to home as all of the boats fishing their limited out on the rockfish with some nice Lingcod like the one in the picture caught aboard the Mr Max.

One boat ventured up north to the deeper water off Lincoln City and found tons of fish but not many of them were biting but they caught about half a limit of rockfish and some nice Lingcod was the bonus.

Crabbing was fair today in the deeper water spots out in front of Depoe Bay but has dropped off some over the past few days.

(Friday Trips)

Our office has cancelled all trips out of Depoe Bay on Friday as we have a quick hitting weather system coming in tonight and Friday.  The good news is that it will be out of the area in time for all activities for Saturday.


Wednesday fishing report

June 9, 2021

Three of our vessels out this morning and all three had great trip out there.  One boat fished fairly close to home (Kadaho) and the statement was, “we could not keep the fish off the hooks”!  There are days like this and makes one wonder what happened to the same fish in virtually the same spot from biting just a few days ago.

Crabbing remains strong in the pots coming from the water around 80-110 feet.

The coming weekend right now looks like good weather for the opening of the 2021 salmon season with a short hiccup on Friday.

Tuesday report

June 7, 2021

We’re back in action tomorrow morning with a full fleet lineup as we go after the Lingcod and rockfish on morning trips.  The weather looks really good in the morning but the last two days even kept the “Big Boats” tied to the docks!

Looks like decent weather for the remainder of the week with a weak front that might bring some rain and some wind for Friday.  The forecast is going back and forth but right now looks better than it did yesterday.

Remember Salmon opens up Saturday morning.  Fish On !!!

Fishing trips cancelled Sunday and Monday

June 6, 2021

We have rough ocean conditions down here today that will run into tomorrow as well.  The Depoe Bay bar is closed to all sport boats and uninspected passenger. vessels (UPV) and also a little rough for the inspected passenger vessels.  Tradewinds management determined for the safety and comfort of our passengers we will cancel trips till Tuesday morning where the ocean weather looks much improved.

Saturday fishing report

June 5, 2021

We are happy to report that the fishing improved greatly from Friday but it was still just a moderate bite but most of the chatter was that those that worked at it for the full trip did pretty well.  One boat fishing in the moderate depth did pretty well on the Lingcod as well.  Crabbing if you get them in the right spot has been really good.

Remember folks the 2021 ocean Coho salmon season opens up a week from today, June 12th.  We have a 125,000 fish quota so according to the estimates it should be a banner year.

Friday Fishing report

We think the whales and the fish in the ocean at least around Depoe Bay went on strike today.  Fishing was really tough this morning and the whales did not show up at all this afternoon especially strange after the last few days has been really good.

Some really nice Lingcod were caught but the usual rockfish (Blacks, Blues & Canary’s)  were strangely absent this morning.  Talk about hard working skippers.  They were all all over the place up north trying to find biting fish and we found some but not like we are used to.  One good thing was the crabbing as it was really terrific today.(

As everyone says once in a while tomorrow is another day.

(Offshore Halibut Day)

We also had a Halibut boat out today and the Kadaho came home with a limit of nice “flat fish” and back in port by 1:30pm far ahead of the other vessels out today.  They ranged in size from 32 inches to 43 inches. Tomorrow’s trip has been cancelled due to some weather approaching the coast by mid day which is bringing a growing swell with it.

Thursday fishing report

June 4, 2021

Two boats out Thursday morning and both had to go up to the Lincoln City reefs to find the biting fish as closer to home fish were lazy at first light.  When we found them though up north they lit off fairly well as both boats got there limits of rockfish and there were some nice Lingcod in the mix as well.

Crabbing was really good today as well as long as you were placing the pots in the deeper water from 75-100 feet as we were getting 5-8 per person which are some of the best scores the season so far.

Wednesday fishing report

June 3, 2021

We had a few boats out this morning with one fishing (Morning Star) the inside reefs and found lots and lots of finning rockfish feeding right on the surface of the ocean water.  That is just plain fun fishing as you can cast out as far as you can and wait a few seconds start to reel in and get ready for heavy biting fish.  Thats what happened also as the boat limeid on fish and also had a great catch of crabs as well.

Another vessel opted to fish the deeper water and was out to the 240 foot limit (June 1-August 31) and limited out on the rockfish mostly Canary and Yellowtail’s. The boat also had a really good catch of Lingcod …some really nice sized ones.

Tuesday fishing report

June 2, 2021

Not a whole lot of information from Tuesday but. we did have two vessels out on the bottom fishing grounds and one was back in about two hours early.  That usually means good fishing on the rockfish but no word on the lingcod bite.

More rockfish regulations begin Tuesday, June 1st

May 31, 2021

(June 1st 2021)

The China, Copper and Quilback rockfish will no longer be allowed to retain for the rest of the 2021 sport fishing season.  We have met the quota for those particular species according to the ODFW<

Memorial Day 2021

May 30, 2021

Hope you have a great Memorial Day with your family and friends and remember those who served and are presently serving our country in the armed forces here and around the world.


We had three boats out fishing today but we did not leave till the 10:30 am hour as the fleet participated in the annual Fleet of Flowers Memorial a tribute to the armed forces and the fleet which leaves to go out into the ocean daily. It was a very small tribute today as it was not publicized for normally a very large crowd attends this event annually.

The picture to the right is the Coast Guard Helicopter dropping a wreath of flowers in the middle of the Fleet of Flowers boats this morning about a mile offshore from the Depoe Bay harbor entrance.

Good trips for rockfish but not a whole bunch of Lingcod today but the Black bass were biting on the inside reefs and the Canary and Yellowtail rockfish were biting on the outside reefs.

Crabbing remains quite slow right now but we should be seeing some improvement soon as historically June we begin to see more male crabs approaching the more shallow reefs.   Lets all hope that begins soon.

May 29-30 Weekend of fishing

All of the TW vessels had a good weekend on the fishing grounds with most boats coming home with limits or at least close to limits on the rockfish.  Some the boats fished close to home along the Government Point reefs where others travelled a little further up to the Lincoln City reefs.

Mostly Black rockfish being caught as that is the most prevalent of the fish we catch out of the Depoe Bay port.  The Lingcod at least for this weekend were in the deep water with quite a few of them landed out in there 150-220 foot depths.

Crabbing remains quite slow after a decent week about a week ago and now all we seem to be watching are the  female  types aha few males mixed in with them.  Not sure if it good news bout just today large amounts of females started to be caught many more then in past weeks and that might mean the arrival of the males might not be too far off.  We will see.

Remember we have a All Depth Halibut opener coming up next Thursday thru Saturday and the opening the 2021 Salmon season kicks off June 12th with a 125,000 fish quota.

Friday fishing report

May 28, 2021

No fishing trips on Friday as the ocean is much too rough out front of the harbor and a rough opening to the harbor entrance.  Things should be OK by tomorrow.

Thursday fishing report

No vessels left the Tradewinds dock this morning as we had a pretty windy day with rough ocean conditions out there and it was pretty wet.

The word from the bosses is that fishing tomorrow will be a no-go.  Saturday looks much better.

Wednesday fishing report

May 26, 2021

Three boats out this morning on an ocean the boat operators dream about.  The ocean was beautiful with sunshine, no wind and an almost flat ocean.  Pretty darn near perfect conditions for folks to go out on a fishing trip.

The boats fishing the inside more shallow water reefs both had good trips this morning with near limits on the rockfish but just a few lingcod biting the hooks this morning.  The deeper water boats choosing to fish outside found more Lingcod this morning and a good catch of the rockfish as well.  Only one boat reported in on the crabbing but one vessel dropping pots in the shallow water diid not find many in the pots.  The crabbing has been off and on the past week or so as we wait for the better crabbing to come to the shallow water spots.

Monday report

May 24, 2021

Not a very nice day over here at the coast today (Monday) as it is windy and very wet and the ocean has picked up a bit overnight so we have cancelled all fishing activities for the day.  Will be back at it tomorrow.

Sunday fishing report

May 23, 2021

The weather this morning was forecasted to be really nice with a very small swell and only 5-10 knots of wind.  The swell was not much but it was quite windy as the morning went on with wet conditions out there.  Tomorrow the forecast is for 15-20 knots of wind, rain and not much swell.  Things look much better from Tuesday thru the rest of the work week.

The big boats or most of them were fishing this morning on the Government Post reefs for the 2nd straight day and the fish for the first part of the trip were really biting and everyone was catching.  Not sure what the outcome of the trips were but it sounds like good scores for the vessels.

The deeper water fishing today was for the 2nd straight morning very slow on the start of the trip but like yesterday really took off after about three hours and produced a good catch of Lingcod and a limit of rockfish. 

Crabbing remains a little pokey but does show signs of some more crab are entering the shallow water spots which makes it easier for the boats to drop pots and of course for the passengers to pull them up.


Saturday fishing report

May 22, 2021

Saturday fishing was really good for the Tradewinds fleet with all of the bigger boats congregating on the finning bass off of Government Point about a mile north of the city.  Sounds like it was great catch for all.

One vessel ventured up to the deeper water reefs off of Lincoln City and once the current calmed down a little the Lingcod and the Canary rockfish began to bite.  Limits on the Lingcod and the rockfish.  

Crabbing remains mediocre from the reports heard with about 2-per customer participating.

(Afternoon trips)

In afternoon fishing the Mr Max is having an excellent catch on a beautiful ocean with a terrific catch so far of rockfish and 10-Lingcod in the fishing totes so far.  A few pictures from that afternoons catch so far.

( Halibut Report)

The Kadaho came back in with limits of the “flat fish” as you can see from the picture and another great photo of some “Quite Large Lingcod” also caught today.  A great day for Tradewinds Depoe Bay on this beautiful Saturday in May.

Thursday fishing report

May 20, 2021

We had a really nice ocean out there for the most part with very little wind until later in the morning.  We did have a steady 6-foot swell which did rock the boats around a little but nothing that kept the folks from fishing.  The inshore light tackle boats the radio said had good catches mostly limits fishing on the shallow water reefs. No info on theLingcod catch.

One deep water boat fishing in the 180-220 foot range had a really nice limit catch of mostly Canary rockfish and really nice sized ones.  They also boated nine of the 12 Lingcod needed.

 Crabbing was better in the deeper water pots today but they are starting to show up in the shallow water off the beach so won’t be long till we are getting good catches in there.

The weather sounds really good thru the weekend into the first part of next week so the extended forecast is telling us.

We have a Halibut offshore boat out there today and we hope to have that report for you later in the day into the evening.

(update-4:15pm)  Our Halibut boat reported in that it was a slow bite in the morning hours but they took off in the afternoon and are currently on their way home with a limit catch of Halibut. Tradewinds Depoe Bay the best place to go for offshore fishing.

Tuesday fishing report

May 18, 2021

Nice ocean out there this morning and the one vessel we had out there today reports that the fishing up north on the normal grounds was quite slow even though there were many stacks of fish showing.  The boat reported that he ran back south to some deeper water spots and ended up limiting the boat on rockfish mostly the Canary brands and also boated seven of the  twelve Lingcod needed. Brought home a few Sole/Flounder as well.   A good morning.

Monday fishing report

May 17, 2021

The ocean had finally straightened out with a real nice ocean with hardly any wind to speak.  That made for good fishing and so good that the Sunrise reports had limits of rockfish early in the trip. They searched around for some Lingcod and caught a few of them before returning home a little early.   The picture to the right shows a really nice sized Canary rockfish and a happy customer displaying it on the dock after returning home.

Sunday fishing report

May 16, 2021

The report from the boats this morning was excellent fishing for the bottom fish and the Lingcod were also on the bite with one boat landing 32 of those critters. One lucky fisherman even caught a nice Halibut as we have posted a picture of that “flat fish” to the right.  Some of the rockfish were coming in some spots this morning on every hook like the guy in the picture who landed two at the same time.  The ocean was still a bit windy but certainly better then it has been the past 4-5 days.

Saturday fishing report

May 15, 2021

Only the big boats ventured out this morning as we are still in this windy pattern that we have had since the 1st part of this past week.  Tomorrow we are suppose to see some moderation but the better days will begin by the forecast beginning Monday. Hopefully we will get some nice weather next week as we lost all of our Halibut trips this week due to offshore ocean conditions so we will wait to see what this upcoming Thursday thru Saturday brings us.  

It was a rough go today out there but the fishing was really good with lots of limits on the rockfish.  Not a really good Lingcod catch today but the ones that were caught were really nice ones like the one in the picture to the right.  Crabbing today was cancelled on all boats.

Thursday fishing report

May 14, 2021

The Kadaho reports the results of his trip out to the bottom fishing grounds today and was able to get up to the spots off the Lincoln City reefs and had a terrific trip.  They came back only four rockfish short of a total limit for the boat and the Lingcod were on the   bite      today ( the picture shows a few of the super Lingcod catch) as well and had close to a limit of the “toothy critters” as well.  A little windy out there today but not much ocean on top of it so a good day all the way around.

Wednesday fishing report

May 12, 2021

Had a good day on the water this morning as the Sunrise reports an excellent rockfish bite with a fair assortment of Lingcod as well. The picture to the right shows one passengers catch with nice sized bass/rockfish and a few nice Lingcod to add to the catch.

It was a little windy out there today but not much ocean to cause any real issues with the trip this morning.  We expect wind thru the weekend but the swell is forecasted to be less than four feet max so should be a decent next four or five days for the fishing trips.

Sunday fishing report

May 9, 2021

A very good fishing day on Sunday with lots of fish caught on a sunny, wind free beautiful day on the ocean.  Mr Max reports limits on the rockfish along with quite a few Lingcod.  One passenger even caught a small Halibut to go along with his catch as seen in the picture to the right.  The ocean weather forecast sounds pretty good for the remainder of the week for now as we approach the first offshore Halibut openers of the 2021 season Thursday thru Saturday of this coming week.Don’t you love the picture to the right of the guy with a nice sized Lingcod and the smaller fish he is holding probably coming out of the Lingcod’s mouth.  

A couple of weather days

May 7, 2021

Thursday and Friday we had some bad ocean weather days with rain, wind and some heavier seas.  Things look better for the weekend.

ODFW announces bag limit reduction for sport bottomfish

May 6, 2021

NEWPORT, Ore – Effective Monday, May 10 the general marine bag limit is reduced to five fish (from six) per angler per day for sport bottomfish. The sub-bag limit of one China, copper, or quillback rockfish remains in place.

This change reduces the risk of early closure or more severe restrictions later this summer in the sport bottomfish season.

Sport bottomfish effort this spring is higher than in any prior year, continuing a trend from last summer. In 2020, following a spring slowing in some areas due to the pandemic, coastwide sport bottomfish effort climbed to one of the highest levels on record by the end of the year. Last year also saw higher total catch of black rockfish and lingcod than past years. Continued strong interest in ocean sportfishing is expected this summer.


Wednesday fishing report

Good fishing this morning with limits on the rockfish with a slower bite on the Lingcod’s.  Some really nice good sized Vermillion and Copper rockfish were caught today with a few in the pictures to look at.  Crabbing continues to improve slowly with some of the boats finding that sweet spot where their seem to be good catches.

Sunday fishing report

May 2, 2021

Mr Max just reported that the fishing was terrific this morning with limits on the rockfish and some really nice sized ones to boot.  The Lingcod bite like yesterday was little slower but there were some really nice ones caught like the one on display in the picture including “Buddy” the all important boat dog.



Later on in the morning the Lingcod did go on the bite after a slower first part of the morning.  The picture to the right shows some folks on the TW ramps waiting to get their fish filleted out.  As we reported yesterday the crabbing is starting to really get better so if you like crab for dinner it might be time to get out with us on a fish & crab trip.

Saturday fishing report

May 1, 2021

Another really good day out on the water for Tradewinds Depoe Bay with the Kadaho reporting in a really nice limit on the rockfish with over 130 fish on the boat at the end.  The Lingcod bite was a bit slower this morning with around 10-caught for the boat with a nice one in the picture to the right..  Really nice ocean with very little wind and calm seas for this mornings trip.  As we spoke to earlier in the week the crabbing is slowly getting better as the nicer weather moves the crabs into more shallow water where we can get to them easier.  There were 35-caught on the Kadaho this morning.

ODFW announces updates on Pacific halibut sport fishing season openings

April 29, 2021

Nearshore season:  Opens Saturday May 1st inside the 40 fathom curve until the quota of 32,808 pounds is met or thru October 31st. Remember that on days when the all-depth fishery is open, all-depth rules apply regardless of depth of fishing

Spring all-depth:  Open May 13-15 and 20-22:  June 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 & H=July 1-3 if the 172,244 pound quota is not met  back up dates are July 15-17 and 29-31.

Summer all-depth:  Opens Aug 5-7  and every other Thursday thru Saturday  until the 68,351 pound quota is met or October 31st.


Wednesday Fishing Report

April 28, 2021

Beautiful day on the ocean off of Depoe Bay with temperatures with reached as high as 63-65 degrees in Depoe Bay today on calm seas with no wind to speak of.  The Kadaho was out there today and had a terrific trip with limits all. around the boat on the rockfish with a really nice catch on the Lingcod front.The pictures to the right shows a few of those “Big Boys” caught this morning and take a look at that beautiful ocean off the stern of the boat on the way home.

Great Day !!!

Better Weather Day & Even Better Fishing On Sunday

April 25, 2021

Yesterday was cold , wet and windy and today was cloudy with no wind, rain or cold.  That makes for a good day and the fish were biting as well including some really nice Lingcod you can see in some of the pictures.  There were lots of rockfish limits and a really good catch on the Lingcod on the boats as well.

Crabbing appears as we get closer to summer to be picking-up with one boat (Sunrise) on a one hour soak caught thirty-two.  I wonder if that means if it was a five hour soak they would of had (160).  LOL !!

Saturday Fishing Report

April 24, 2021

(Report from Mr Max)

Interesting day out there this morning with an almost flat ocean which one would think is a good thing.  Flat oceans are good things but this one had wet conditions mixed in and to make that  a little worse it was “cold”.  That did not stop the fish from biting as all four of the large boats out for TW limited on the rockfish but the Lingcod bite was scattered about depending on the boat.  The boats fished pretty much right out front of the harbor a little north and south as there was wind in the forecast and no one seemed willing to make the venture up north and the way the fish bit that was a combined good decision from the fleet.  Tomorrow the weather is forecasted to be better as far as the wind and “cold” is concerned.

ODFW approves 2021 Halibut seasons

April 23, 2021

Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Humbug Mountain to Cape Falcon)

Spring All-Depth Season:  Fixed open dates are:  May 13-15; May 20-22; Jun 3-5; Jun 10-12; Jun 17-19; and Jul 1-3.  Back-up dates, if quota available, are:  Jul 15-17 and Jul 29-31.       Quota = 172,244 lbs.

Summer All-Depth Season:  Opens Aug 5-7, then every other Thurs, Fri, & Sat through the earlier of Oct 31 or the quota is caught.       Quota = 68,351 lbs.

Nearshore Season:  Opens May 1, 7 days per week, inside the 40-fathom line, through the earlier of  October 31 or the quota is caught.  Retention of bottomfish is allowed with nearshore halibut fishing, however on days when the all-depth fishery is open, all-depth rules apply regardless of depth of fishing (see the “New in 2021” section below for details).       Quota = 32,808 lbs.

Sunday morning fishing report

April 18, 2021

Fishing is a funny thing from time to time where you might have great luck fishing for one thing and not so good luck for another. On the Mr Max today their were limits of rockfish as quick as you can do it with the fishermen catching all the rockfish by 9am on a trip that left the dock at 7:30am.  But as it is from time to time the Lingcod bite was slow today with some nice ones caught but they were tough finding them even though the skipper spent several hours just targeting them.  Thats fishing folks!!!

Crabbing today is like it has been with about two per person on those participating.

Saturday fishing report

We sent out a full fleet of charter boats on a really nice ocean. Charter boat Mr Max reported in on a really good bottom fishing day with near limits on the rockfish population and unlike yesterday it was also a really good Lingcod day.  The picture here is one that was caught that weighed in at 34″ which comes under the definition as a “Big Boy”. We also sent out two boats in the afternoon on an afternoon beautiful ocean and still hopeful for a fishing report.

Excellent news to tell you right now is that the ocean is just perfect for fishing and should be that way thru at least Wednesday and we have trips going out every day.  Give us a call if interested or try our brand new reservation system on the website.

Another good extended weather forecast

April 17, 2021

Good ocean weather with no rain forecasted thru next Wednesday so if the weekend does not work for you possibly consider playing a little “workweek hooky” and enjoy some nice coastal weather with a really nice ocean.  The fishing has been pretty darn consistent for Tradewinds fishing boats (and Lingcod) and there is a great time for all.

Crabbing is still a little pokey even though some of the boats are getting close to two per person on an average.  All of this good weather will soon be moving the critters into the shallow water reefs here pretty soon.

Friday morning fishing report

April 16, 2021

Another beautiful day out on the water and the fishing was really good but not quite as good as the two days past. It was good enough for the young man to catch his first Lingcod and the story goes that he was “Quite Excited” about it.  Fun for the entire family on a Tradewinds Depoe Bay fishing trip.

There was also crabbing on this trip and from all indications the catch was decent but not like it is going to be here in another month or so as the summer ocean conditions take hold.

2021 Ocean Salmon season approved by PFMC

This represents the best quota we have had in many years.  Now we just have to hope that the fish show up in our area.  If they do it is going to be lots of FUN !!

Call our office or book online for Salmon trips this summer

Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. (Depoe Bay Area)

  • March 15-May 15, open for all salmon except coho, except as listed below for mark selective and non-mark selective coho seasons;
  • May 16-October 31, open for all salmon except coho, except as listed below for mark selective and non-mark selective coho seasons;
  • June 12 – August 28 or 120,000 marked coho quota. Open area extends to the OR/CA Border. Open for all salmon, all retained coho must be marked with a healed adipose fin clip;
  • September 10-12, and each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the earlier of September 30, or 14,000 non-mark-selective coho quota. Open for all salmon,  Open days may be modified inseason.

Thursday fishing report

April 15, 2021

Talk about a really nice day on the ocean waters.  The Depoe Bay bar was so nice it took the US Coast Guard a very short sentence to describe the bar conditions.  The weather is warm and sunny and “YES” the fish were biting. Mr Max reported a great day in the catch with Ling’s and a great variety of the rockfish. Really nice Lingcod caught today as you can see from the picture and the waters were nice enough to get out in the semi-deep water where the orange fish (Canary’s  & Vermillion) rockfish hide out.  A great day on the water and in the fish catch.

Fishing charter weather Wednesday thru Sunday

April 13, 2021

The weather coming up beginning tomorrow thru this whole weekend sounds like the best extended ocean weather since last fall.  Five days of low winds and light seas await all of you fishermen looking to get out on the ocean and catch some fish and some crabs.  Beautiful sunny weather is in the forecast thru the whole period.  There are still spots open all five days so give us a call to reserve your spot or use this website to make your reservation online.

 “Fish On”  !!

Ocean weather update – April 12th

April 12, 2021

Certainly by Wednesday the ocean will be in really good shape and Thursday and Friday look really nice with almost no wind and virtually flat oceans forecasted.  The heavy swell we have had since Saturday has remained with us now a day or two longer then expected but really nice spring weather is in the forecast in just a day or two.  Give our office a call for scheduling information.  

Saturday April 10th

April 10, 2021

12-13 foot swells out on the Pacific as we speak on Saturday afternoon and much too much ocean to be fishing on.  Things look about the same for tomorrow morning/afternoon so check with our office tomorrow on conditions.

Things do look much better Monday thru Thursday so far into next week.

Wednesday April 7th fishing report

April 7, 2021

Sounds like it was another nice day out on the Pacific and also sounded like the fish were biting especially on the Mr Max.  In the first two hours after the boat left the dock and ran to the grounds we normally fish in about a half hour north this great picture came to us.  That is a nice Lingcod and it is one of those green ones that everyone wants to catch.  Pretty excited fisherman fishing off of the bow of the Mr Max this morning.

Tuesday morning fishing report

April 6, 2021

Great fishing on the pond this morning with the Lingcod really on the bite with 42-of them landed on the Kadaho this morning along with a near limit on the rockfish bite. The ocean was really nice with no winds but they did come up later in the morning like they have been doing for the past three days.  Have some great pictures to share with you from this mornings catch.

Give us a call as the spring time traditionally is the best time of the year to be fishing for the “Toothy Lingcod”

Morning fishing report / 4/5

April 5, 2021

The ocean was quite a bit better than forecasted and we had several boats out this morning.  No reports as of yet but the filet table was busy so I suspect they had good trips.  Will get back later when the reports come in.  The weather for trips for the rest of the week looks pretty good for you folks wanting to play hooky from work.

Happy Easter Everyone

April 4, 2021

Saturday fishing report

April 3, 2021

Not much information from the fleet today as all our vessels available were out on the pond today on nice ocean weather once you got away from the shoreline.  There was a 7- foot+ ground swell out there today right along the beach but outside in most of the places we fish it was a really nice warm spring day. One boat reported that it was a slow bite until the last hour of the trip and then the current picked up from almost nothing to over a knot and the fish lit off for limits.  Will try to update later if more information comes in.

The afternoon. trips are coming back in and the reports were good fishing in the afternoon.  This picture was taken above the filet table on a couples fish.  Lots of nice Lingcod.

Friday morning fishing report

April 2, 2021

Decent bite this morning on the inside reefs and outside reefs…decent scores on rockfish and the outside bite on the Lingcod produced quick limits…we even had a few boats crabbing today but no word thus far on the results.  Will post more later.

Friday update….

Fishing was good today across the whole fleet but we had to work for them today as the drifts were changing on every set-up.  Sometimes they were moving to the west and other drifts were moving straight north.  Later in the morning they even moved south a few times.  That makes the boats spin and creates a tough situation but we got it done.

We did have one crabbing boat out this morning as we have not been selling any of those trips as the catch has been poor.  But today we saw a little improvement with 25-crabs coming back on one boat.  Still only about 2-per person but it is starting to improve.  As the weather gets better the crabs will move in closer to shore and we will begin to see some better scores.


Wednesday morning ocean report

March 31, 2021

Boats are headed out this morning as we speak and the ocean is in good shape this morning and the forecast shows for good conditions thru the upcoming weekend.  Fishing trips will be going out every day thru the weekend.

Bad weather upon us

March 30, 2021

Since mid-day Sunday we have had very rough ocean conditions but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Things should begin to settle down later this afternoon (Tuesday) and be decent for Wednesday morning.  The even better news is that the forecast looks good thru the weekend as well.   Maybe a little stretch of spring weather coming up.

Sunday morning fishing trips March 28th

March 28, 2021

Quite the morning out on the ocean off of Depoe Bay this morning as all of our boats were out and we stayed very close to home due to pending rough ocean conditions coming mid-morning.  We got around two good solid hours of fishing before the winds and the rain came.  The one saving factor was that there was no ocean on the water meaning the swell height was only around three foot.  Once the winds came the wind chop increased to 5-6 foot and then of course the driving sideways rain.  It was still safe out there and fishable for our passengers.  Sounds not ver pleasant huh?  It wasn’t but as it seems to be always true the fish bite like fleas in these conditions and there were close to limits on the rockfish bite on all boats and lots of Lingcod as well.  So we will cal it a good day.

Saturday March 27th fishing report

March 27, 2021

TW had fishing trips out both morning and afternoon today and the results from what we were able to pick up was pretty good.  After a few bad weather days sometimes fishing on the first decent day can be slower but for the two boats who checked in it was very good.  One boat limited out his boat in three hours where another boat on a morning & afternoon trip had caught 46-Lingcod today.  Not a bad day.

The word on crabbing as it is this time of year is pretty poor.  In locating the commercial crab pots they are still quite a distance offshore in deep water which means possibly the crabs have just not moved into more shallower water where charter boats can get to them. When things improve we will let you know.

Some of the afternoon Lingcod caught on the Kadaho this afternoon and there were many of them . WOW !!

In Memory of Captain Dustin

The Tradewinds family is grieving the loss of one of our beloved Captains.  Captain Dustin Couch has been a part of our family for 20 years.  He started out as a deckhand, and soon discovered his passion of being on the ocean.  It was clear that being a captain was in his blood and he did it well.  He loved taking out different people everyday and sharing that passion.  He quickly became a highly requested boat captain in our fleet.  Captain Dustin had a contagious  personality and a heart of gold.  He brought so much joy to everyone around him. We will cherish the memories that we were blessed to share with him.  He was and always will be a part of the Tradewinds family.  The Tradewinds fleet will be taking Captain Dustin out on a final voyage out to sea.  Fair winds and following seas Captain.

Fish On!

Wednesday March 24th report

March 24, 2021

Had four boats out this morning on an ocean forecast which was really nice in the morning hours up till about 10am.  At that time the rain and winds were forecasted to return and they were right with this forecast.  However, we got three good hours of good fishing in up off the Lincoln City Reefs and brought home good catches of Lingcod and rockfish.  One boat had a limit of rockfish and most of the Lingcod and all of the other boats did well as well.  It was a cold morning out there where a good pair of insulated gloves would have been a good item to have with you.  Sounds a little more rough ocean stuff for tomorrow which is forecasted to clear up for Friday thru the weekend.

Sunday afternoon trip

March 22, 2021

We had one full bottom fishing trip aboard the Kadaho Sunday afternoon and the skipper opted to fish closer to home to avoid a rough ride home in southerly winds in case the winds which were forecasted came up earlier then forecasted. The Kadaho which had a terrific day boating  75+-Lingcod on the day and well over 200+ rockfish caught them on the reefs closer to home as well as a morning trip further up north.  A great day for all of our vessels morning and afternoon.

During this spring break time the forecast we are seeing right now shows some good days to get out there and a few wet-rougher days.  We watch our forecasts closely so to give our clients the best possible day to fish both in ocean comfort anode course catching the folks onboard fish.  Its a great time of the season to catch Lingcod so give the best charter outfit around a call for reservations.

March 21st fishing report

March 21, 2021

Three boats out this morning and another one out this afternoon as we found some decent ocean weather to get out there after 3-4 days tied to the docks. It was little choppy this morning and was really cold for the first couple of hours but the folks out there who worked at it came home with really good catches.  One boat limited out on both Lingcod and rockfish it was reported.

All the boats out this morning

March 13, 2021

We had four boats out today (Kadaho-Mariner-Mr Max-Sunrisre) and  reports were all four had really good trips with plenty of rockfish and Lingcod hitting the filet tables.  It was certainly a little chilly at the start of the trips with clear skies overnight but temperatures improved as the trips made their way into the morning hours. The ocean stayed nice all morning long as we fished up north off the Lincoln City reefs about 8-NM north of Depoe Bay.  This is a great time to be bottom fishing as obviously with the pictures from the past week the Lingcod are inside in shallow water spawning as they do every year this time go year.

Beautiful Ocean and Great Fishing

Boats out today on the Pacific and our Tradewinds vessels did not disappoint.  We brought back to the TW filet table 26-limits of rockfish and came really close to a limit of the prized Lingcod.  To make it even better the ocean was a beautiful blue and a great ocean to fish on. After a really rough winter hopefully we will have lots of nice days coming up as we approach springtime and the beginning of spring breaks starting the end of next week.  We must be getting close to spring as this weekend we turn our clocks back an hour on Sunday morning.


Ocean Chinook Salmon Season

March 11, 2021

The planned ocean Chinook salmon season (all-salmon-except coho) will open as scheduled from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. from March 15 through May 15.  The bag limit will be two salmon, except closed to retention of coho, with minimum size limits of 24” for Chinook and 20” for steelhead.

The recreational ocean salmon fishery off Oregon in March, April, and early May typically has very low effort and Chinook catch.  Fishery managers and industry representatives agreed that this opening would not create any difficulty in developing the remainder of the ocean seasons for the 2021 fishing year.  Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting April 6-9 and 12-15.

Early springtime Lingcod fishing

March 10, 2021

We have a the Kadaho out as we speak and they are really doing well on the Lingcod this morning.  The early spring even though we are not quite at spring yet is always a really good time to fish specifically for the “Toothy Critters” as many of the “Big Boys” are in on the more shallow water reefs in their spawning cycle.  As you can see from the tote we have a great variety of rockfish as well.  Great Day !!

Call our office for reservations and ocean forecasts in the coming days or you can reserve on our brand new reservation system on our website (

Very early salmon season information

March 8, 2021

Salmon Mascot

Just some preliminary information collected from the Salmon ODFW meeting held on February 25th, 2021. By all information already known we should be in store for a decent Coho salmon season this summer. The following illustrates what was some of the input at the meeting about the (selective season-only can keep adipose fin clipped fish) and the (non-selective -keep any legal sized fish caught). As was stated above this is preliminary information only as the final decision will be made by the PFMC along with the ODFW at there April meeting, April 2-11. Please visit the PFMC’s website at for details.

Selective season (June-August)

Coho: Mark Selective – Opening date? (Sat. June 12th? Sat. June 19th? Sat. June 26th?)
Ending date? (Sun. Aug. 15th?, Sun. Aug. 22rd?, Sun. Aug. 29th?,or Sept.?)

non-selective season (September)

Open September 11th – Prefer to start non-select Sept. 11th away from the
holiday to extend the season – Sept. 11-12 first opening; 8-12K quota plus
rollover from mark selective

Were up and running fishing trips

March 1, 2021

Yesterday, (Sunday) were had our first fishing trips out on the pond for bottom fishing of the new 2021 season. We had two vessels out (Kadaho & Mariner) and the report was mixed. Some of the folks onboard caught some nice fish but all in all it was a slower day. The ocean weather this winter has been really terrible with lots of rain and heavy seas. Just this past Friday into Saturday there were swells out there 20-25 foot. It is a common occurrence after a rough stretch of ocean conditions that it takes a few days to get things back in order. Certainly not making excuses but this websites fishing report has ALWAYS tried to give you folks out there a true assessment of our fish catch. Guaranteed, things will soon get better.
Also please check out our brand new reservation system on our website ( as you will notice we have all of our trips outlined on specific days. If the color of the trip is GREEN that indicates we are taking reservations on that day. If it is still RED then we are not booking those trips as of yet because of weather conditions. The office staff will change them from RED to GREEN when we feel it will be a good day to be out there.

Some great Salmon season news folks

February 26, 2021

Salmon managers are predicting that the Salmon run for Oregon and Washington will be near triple than past years. Most are predicted in the Columbia run with 1,590,000 but those fish make it by Central Oregon Coast ports as well so hopefully when the final numbers for our area come out we will have a great season. So be prepared to get your reservation for a Tradewinds Charter Salmon fishing trip for the summer and fall. Normally the ODFW has they’re final numbers and the fishing dates and length of the summer/fall season sometime in early April. This is the best news in five years and maybe decades for coastal Salmon runs.

2021 pre-season Salmon meeting notice

The 2021 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2021. This pre-season planning meeting will provide a review of the 2020 seasons, take a first look at the 2021 salmon forecasts, and develop a set of Oregon preferred recreational and commercial ocean salmon season concepts via public input to take forward through the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) regulation setting process. The OSIG meeting will be held virtually on-line this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


The on-line meeting is planned to start at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 25. It is recommended that participants test their system prior to the meeting to iron out any technical problems they may have (option is available to call in by phone). There will be a lunch break between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM that will also give participants time to formulate concepts for proposals. Links to the agenda and briefing materials for the meeting will be posted at as they come available in January and February.

2021 Halibut regulations approved by IPHC for Central Oregon Coast

Note: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will finalize the 2021 sport halibut regulations at their meeting on April 23

Central Oregon Coast Subarea

Spring All-Depth Season:

  • Fixed Dates: May 13-15, May 20-22, June 3-5, June 10-12, June 17-19, and July 1-3.
  • Back-up Dates (available if quota remains): July 15-17 and July 29-31.
  • Quota = 172,244 pounds.

For the Central Oregon Coast spring all-depth fixed dates, based on input from last week’s public meeting, the online survey, and anglers calling staff directly, staff are recommending 18 fixed dates, skipping weeks with a morning low tide that is lower than negative two feet. There were some recommendations from the public for a more conservative approach (15 fixed dates instead of 18), though the majority preferred 18 fixed dates. The ODFW staff recommendation is based on trying to balance all of those considerations of opportunity, quota risk, safety, etc.

Summer All-Depth Season: Opens Aug 5-7, then every other Thurs, Fri and/or Sat until the earlier of quota attainment or Oct 31. Initial quota = 68,351 pounds. Any overage taken during the Spring All-Depth fishery will lower the Summer All-Depth available quota.

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

New things coming for Tradewinds Charters Depoe Bay

Hey folks…. the news will be coming soon out on a brand new state of the art reservation system for Tradewinds in the next few weeks along with other exciting news as we begin to gear up for the 2021 fishing and whale watch seasons. Making reservations for your next fishing trip and/or whale watch cruise will be made so much easier for our great customers and we will have much more information in the coming weeks.

We are currently running fishing trips on weekends and will be up and running full-time on March 1st. Also don’t forget those spring breaks beginning towards the end of March and hopefully some real nice spring weather. Keep in touch.

Reminder:  2021 sport bottomfish regulations take effect beginning Friday, January 1, 2021

December 31, 2020

The 2021 recreational bottomfish fishery will be similar to 2020, with one change: the daily general marine fish bag limit is six (6) fish per person per day.

Other regulations (same as 2020)

  • Yelloweye rockfish are prohibited at all times and in all waters
  • Open at all depths Jan.1 through May 31 and again beginning Sept. 1 through Dec. 31
    • From June 1 through Aug. 31, restricted to inside of the 40-fathom regulatory line.
  • There is sub-bag limit of one (1) for China, copper, OR quillback rockfish
  • Lingcod daily bag limit is two (2) fish, separate from the general marine fish bag limit. Minimum size of 22 inches.
  • Cabezon daily limit is one (1) with a season beginning July 1, 2021.
  • Skates and rays are not part of the flatfish group; they are part of the general marine fish group. The general marine fish regulations (bag limit, depth restrictions, etc.) apply.
  • Descending devices are mandatory; and must be used to release any rockfish outside of 30 fathoms.

The end of 2020 & into hopefully a better time in 2021

December 29, 2020

As we wind down the end of this crazy year, we wanted to give our amazing customers a quick update.  Due to restrictions set in place by the Governor of Oregon, and the “Extreme High Risk” category that our county is currently in, we are unable to run any trips.
In order to be in compliance with current mandates and ensure the safety of our customers and staff we are currently on hold until some restrictions are lifted in the county.  We appreciate your understanding and hope that you know that we are  anxiously awaiting being able to get you out on your next excursion as soon as it can be done safely.

Happy Holidays & New Years from Tradewinds Depoe Bay

December 14, 2020

We hope all of our past and future customers have a great holiday season including a much anticipated 2021.


ODFW adopts 2021 ground fish regualtions

December 11, 2020

The ODFW adopted a general marine bag limit of 6 fish for recreational anglers for the 2021 season.

Also new for 2021, longleader fishing will be allowed on all-depth halibut trips during the summer bottomfish depth restriction (June-August). This provides anglers a new opportunity to retain midwater rockfish when retention of most groundfish would otherwise be prohibited on all-depth halibut trips to limit bycatch of yelloweye rockfish. Fishing for halibut must be completed before retaining any rockfish on the same trip.

The one fish sub-bag limit for China, copper, and quillback rockfish and the one fish sub-bag limit for cabezon (with season opening on July 1) will continue in 2021. Seasonal depth restriction (40 fathoms) will again be in effect from June 1 through Aug. 31, 2021.

From All Of Us @ Tradewinds Depoe Bay

November 22, 2020

Is this some good 2021 Salmon news from the ODFW?

September 29, 2020

Hopefully this resonates into a good season for us next year

Coho salmon are making a strong appearance in the Columbia River system this year and counts at Bonneville Dam are well above the ten-year average. Included in that group are the Lostine River Coho, reintroduced by the Nez Perce Tribe (NPT) and ODFW in 2017. The first two adult runs in 2018 and 2019 returned less than 200 fish to the Lostine River, but in 2020 Lostine River Coho are poised to make their best showing since reintroduction.

The Fall Season Is Upon Us

September 20, 2020

This next week begins the fall season as things really begin to slow down as we approach a time of year where most of the activity weather permitting occurs on the weekend dates.  We will have a fishing report from time to time but daily reports will comeback around the spring break times in the spring of 2021.

September 20th fishing report

Fishing and Crabbing

Crabbing improved quite a bit today as the boats after 3-4 days of not-so-good crabbing ventured around and found some good spots where we were able to improve the crabbing totals for Sunday.  How long it will hold up is anyones guess as we get into the fall season.

Fishing on Sunday was excellent with all of the inshore fishing boats did very well as most were fishing down south of Depoe Bay on some spots we do not hit very often.  Some of the boats came home with limits on the rockfish. One boat fishing in the usual spots up north but out  in the deeper water did really well on the Lingcod and also came very close to a rockfish limit

Saturday September 19th fishing report

September 19, 2020


Sounds like we have run our last Halibut trip for the year as this time of year the Halibut are migrating and we had quite the slow trip today.  We will be seeing all of you Halibut folks next sporing.

Bottom fishing and crabbing

The deep water fishing today was a little off as there were so many tide rips offshore that it made it very difficult to get a drift correct.  On top of that the fish were either to there or not biting.  Caught a few and came back into mid-water depth and caught quite a few lingcod and a good number of rockfish.

The inside fishery all day long was very good with limits or close to limits on all of our boats.  Crabbing has slowed down quite a  bit since a great summer of crabbing and we are still getting some.

September 18th fishing report

September 18, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

One vessel out on this Friday and they limited on the rockfish with no report on the Lingcod bite.  Crabbing seems to have gone on a slightly downhill direction after one of best crabbing summers ever. It was bound to happen even though the catch is still somewhat decent but just not as crazy good as it was this summer.


We have a trip going out Halibut fishing Saturday morning on what will be on a beautiful flat ocean.  We will give you a full report on the catch Saturday evening.

September 17th fishing report

September 17, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Excellent bottom fishing on this day on a beautiful ocean with quite a bit of fog this morning.  One vessel came within one Lingcod short of a boat limit and easily limited on the rockfish with lots of Black, Canary rockfish with some nice Sea Trout also.  Crabbing on this boat today was really bad as a favorite spot all summer was empty almost of crab today.  Time to look for a new spot.  One of the other boats was also doing really well on the fishing side and will have a crab report later in the day.

(Crab Report) As we mentioned earlier the crab report from one of the boats was not very good and the other vessel out today reported a better catch but much lower then it has been most of the summer.  Maybe the crabs are moving elsewhere or they are just taking a day off.

September 16th fishing report

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Bottom fishing was very good today with limits on the rockfish with lots of really nice Black rockfish, Canary and Yellowtail rockfish.  Lingcod fishing was quite slow today.  Crabbing seems to have dropped off the past dew days with around 6-per person for those crabbing on the trip.

Fishing report September 15th

September 16, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

After over a week off due to the Oregon fires we got out there this morning and had a really good trip.  We limited on the bottom fish with a few Lingcod and also brought back in over 80-crabs for the folks onboard.  Sounds like great ocean weather thru the upcoming weekend.

Friday September 11th special notice

September 11, 2020

Tradewinds boats will be closed down for the entire weekend the office just announced this morning.  There is still smoke in the area and enough which might make some people feel uncomfortable being out in it.  Probably more important your only way into Depoe Bay would be from the south as highway 18 and points north are still closed.  We are hoping to resume operations by Monday.

Thursday September 10th special notice #2

September 10, 2020

Not only do we have issues with travel and air quality but now the phone lines are down in the Depoe Bay area and we don’t have access to the mailbox or phone messages and can’t make outgoing calls as well.  Verizon wireless seems to be down in the area as well.  Please be patient while these issues in the Oregon area are resolved.

We will update as we can.

Thursday September 10th special notice

Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be closed today (Thursday) and Friday for all ocean activities due to the continuing issue with air quality and access to the coastal regions.  We are still experiencing air quality issues and getting to Depoe Bay especially out of the north is very difficult at this time.  We will keep you abreast. of the issues as they happen and are hopeful for some good news for the weekend.

Wednesday September 9th special notice

September 9, 2020

Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be closed on Thursday, September 9th for fishing due to the Hazardous Air Quality alerts in our area.  We are hopeful with some changes in wind direction late tonight that we might able to fish again  Friday, September 11th.  All is subject to change however so please stay in touch with us on this website and thru our office.

Tuesday September 8th salmon season notice

September 8, 2020

The recreational non-selective Coho Salmon season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is now closed to retention of Coho Salmon for the remainder of the year. Angling for Chinook Salmon remains open through October within this area.

The non-mark selective coho season opened on Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5 on an adjusted quota of 4,650 Coho Salmon following the impact neutral rollover of coho remaining on the quota from the hatchery mark selective season which ended on August 16. The non-mark selective coho season was slated to run each Friday and Saturday in September through the earlier of the quota or September 30. The fishery opened with ocean conditions that ranged from fair to good and catch rates varied from fair to very good within the open area. Number of participating anglers was very high on the holiday weekend especially at Garibaldi and Newport. 

The preliminary estimate of catch from the two day opening totaled 4,372 coho leaving only 278 coho remaining on the quota, and not enough coho for another day of fishing.  Retention of all salmon except coho remains open through October 31, 2020 from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain.

Tuesday September 8th special notice

Special notice to our customers:

We were closed down today and we will not be running any fishing or whale watch charters on Wednesday due to the smoke from all of the fires in the Oregon area.  We are planning on having someone in the office tomorrow as today it was closed due to the poor air quality in Depoe Bay (Lincoln County, Oregon).  We are planning if the air quality improves to resume activities on Thursday and will keep you up-to-date when we have additional information.

Monday September 7th fishing report

Fishing and crabbing

All of our boats went out this morning and all had good trips for those fishing up north and one that ventured south of the city to find biting fish.  it sounded like up north it was a steady bite which produced close to limits on the boats and a very slow bite down south which had a big bite later in the trip to produce a limit.  Crabbing actually slowed some on all of the vessels fo the first time in several weeks.


After the first Friday-Saturday opening this past weekend we are hoping to get in a second weekend of fishing this coming Friday-Saturday.  There is some skepticism about the ODFW opening it back up as it sounds like there were hundreds of boat up and down the coast in the central area and that the bite was good just about everywhere.  We only had a 4700 fish quota so wee are waiting the word from the folks at ODFW on Wednesday.

Sunday September 6th fishing report

September 6, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

A rather tough day on the water as all the boats departed on a reasonably decent ocean ad was certainly fishable. As soon as the rods hit the water the fog moved in accompanied by rough water and wind. One boat got some “Fishermans Luck” and found a spot and caught a few Lingcod and very hungry Sea bass for a rockfish limit. The crabbing was very good again but it was an adventure for the very experienced captains to pick the pots in the rough waters. Suppose to by the forecast better tomorrow.  All of the afternoon trips were cancelled.

Saturday September 5th fishing report

September 5, 2020


As salmon fishing goes we all try to figure it all out after the trip is over.  One boat yesterday caught zero fish and ended up today catching nine.  One boat who had a really good catch yesterday wound with only one today.  Another boat had three yesterday and ended up with four today.  So go figure snd see if you can come up with a solution day to day.  The fish we caught on this two day opener were beautiful big fish (10-13 pound Silver salmon and a few larger Chinook salmon).  We will see if the quota has been used up and if we have a second weekend next Friday and Saturday.

Bottom fishing sand crabbing

Crabbing was very good again like it has been all summer.  Sounds like the big bite was off of Government Point just a short distance north of the harbor.  The boats that ventured up north to the Lincoln City reefs did well but not like the GP boats.  We have three boats out this afternoon on bottom fish and crab trips.

September 4th fishing report

September 4, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Crabbing has been good for so long hard to find anything more today about it so lets just leave it at that.  The bottom fishing started out slow but our boats kept with it and by the end of the trip came home with a good catch.  Not many Lingcod in todays catch.  The water after 10+ days of northerly winds has switched around to the south and that will hopefully warm the water and improve all of the fishing.  Sounds like really nice ocean weather for the next week or so.


Today was the opening day of the September salmon fishing which takes place every Friday and Saturday until the 4700+ fish quota runs out.  Today it took our boats several hours to find where they were and we found them offshore in and around 36-45 fathoms of water.  We did not bring home loads of them but we had lots of action many of which spit the hook after the bite or being reeled in.  They are beautiful big fish with 10-13 pound Coho (Silver’s) salmon and a few really nice 15+ pound Chinook salmon.  Since this fishery goes from above Tillamook to the Oregon-California border you’d better not wait past next weekend as it won’t lasting.

September 3rd fishing report

September 3, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing…some bad ocean weather

The last two days we have been battling rough ocean conditions which produced very few fish yesterday on the boats that ventured out. Today the Tradewinds boats stayed home with the same ocean conditions.  The ocean as we speak (late morning) is coming down and we will be experiencing a really good change in the ocean weather for fishing beginning tomorrow morning thru at least the middle of next week the forecasters are telling us.

Tuesday September 1st fishing report

September 1, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

From the reports which came in this morning it was a tougher day then most days are in the summer as the rockfish bite was a tough go today.  Like always those who worked hard at it came home with some fish.  Some folks did really well and others on the same boat not as well.  The Lingcod fishing in the slightly deeper water actually was pretty good today as is sometimes the case when the rockfish bite is off,  No report on the crabbing today so far.

August 31st fishing report

August 31, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Only received two reports today one from a inside/shallow water boat and one from a mid-water offshore boat.  The inside/shallow water boat did really well with many of his guests onboard limited out with the others coming close.  There were some Lingcod caught on the boat. The mid-water boat limited on the Lingcod and had a really good catch of the rockfish even though they had to change over to the light tackle to get that job done.  Crabbing was good today as it has been.

Sunday August 29th fishing report

August 29, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

The bottom fishing boats this morning met up with a windy choppy ocean that was fishable but uncomfortable to some.  Even with that we all caught fish and the folks came home with what they came for and some even took home a bunch of crabs.  Sounds like we will be dealing with windy conditions for the next 4-5 days as we have been for the past 10 days or so.  The fish still bite in the wind but it will be nice to get back to those really nice calm days which should be here this time of year.


Remember the September salmon fishery opens up this coming Friday and Saturday and every Friday and Saturday in September until the quota is caught.  We got a roll over of about 1700 fish from the summer fishery so hopefully we will get a few weeks of salmon fishing in anyhow.

Friday August 28th fishing report

August 28, 2020

Fishing and crabbing

Depending which vessel you were on determined how successful you would be.  Some of the boats did quite well and others struggled but came home with fish for everyone to freezer pack.  Crabbing was OK today but there has been a decline in keeper numbers the past few days with many-many underside males in the pots.

Wednesday August 27th fishing report

August 27, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Fishing in the mid-water reefs was really good for the first 2-hours and then it died. However, by that time a good assortment of rockfish and some really nice Lingcod..not one needed to be measured.  The catching in the inside shallow water reefs was very good as well with all the boats venturing up to the northern reefs off Lincoln City.  Crabbing was on some of the boats was a little off this morning with lots of undersized males in the pots but some of the boats did well as it has been all summer.  We will see how that all works out tomorrow.


ODFW news…… August 27th, 2020

Reminder: Recreational bottomfish fishery to reopen to all depths on September 1st

Beginning on Tuesday, September 1st, recreational bottomfish will again be open at all depths. The seasonal depth restriction of 40 fathoms will be removed. The depth restriction is in place during the summer months to limit encounters with yelloweye rockfish. Yelloweye rockfish remain prohibited.

During days open to both all-depth bottomfish and all-depth halibut, anglers may retain bottomfish and halibut on the same trip. Such dates include September 3-5 in the Central Oregon Coast Subarea, and will continue for every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until October 31st, or until the halibut quota has been met.

Wednesday August 26th fishing report

August 26, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Bottom fishing this morning produced very good fishing with lots of rockfish on all of the vessels out there this morning.  The weather forecast for the ocean waters was pretty much correct this morning with 15-20 knot winds but on the plus side there was very little swell so windy but easy for passengers to fish.

Crabbing was also as it has been all summer excellent.

September salmon fishing update

September non-selective salmon season in September

An impact neutral rollover of coho remaining from the mark selective summer season was made to the non-mark selective September season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. This resulted in a net increase of 1,650 coho in the non-selective coho quota and a revised quota of 4,650 coho.

The non-selective coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is open each Friday and Saturday from September 4 through the earlier of the revised quota or September 30. Open days within September may be adjusted by further action.

Tuesday August 25th fishing report

August 25, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

The ocean weather report was another bad one with lots of wind but somehow we got thru the entire morning trips without a breath of wind.  The ocean was really nice out there this morning with maybe a 3-4 foot swell. The only wind they had was after we got back into the harbor and it was breezy in there.  Go Figure!!

Anyhow the shallow water fishing was pretty good this morning from all reports with lots of Black bass on the bite.  The mid-water rockfish were slower to bite with around 4-5 per person but the Lingcod bite out there this morning was really good.  For the 2nd day on a row the boats battled a 12.5 knot plus current or possibly it would have been a better rockfish bite out there.

Crabbing was by all reports very good once again.

Monday August 24th fishing report

August 24, 2020

The forecast for this morning was growing swell in morning, winds 10-15 with gust to 20 and rough seas.  None of the above happened and we had a very nice sunny ocean to fish on.  The boats that reported put on some nice Lingcod and the rockfish bite was only a moderate catch but everyone went home with some nice fish.

Crabbing remains excellent with most of the crabs now fully grown back from the molting and not many soft ones being harvested right now.

Halibut & bottom fishing news from the ODFW

Lots of Halibut and deep water fishing available

The Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) summer all-depth Pacific halibut season is now open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday until quota is met, or October 31.  The added weekends will give anglers more opportunity to harvest the halibut quota.

The bottomfish fishery summer depth restriction (40 fathoms) will be removed allowing anglers to harvest bottomfish at all depths on September 1.  Bycatch impacts to yelloweye rockfish are low enough this year that beginning September 1, anglers will be allowed to harvest both all-depth halibut and bottomfish on the same trip.

Anglers are reminded that yelloweye rockfish retention is prohibited at all times and must be released using a descending device. Other prohibited species for the remainder of 2020 include cabezon and China, copper, quillback rockfish.

Sunday August 23rd fishing report

August 23, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

The inside fishing in the more shallow waters Sunday was quite slow with not many fish caught from the boats reporting.  The real show was in the mid-water bite where limits of fish were caught and a really nice assortment of Lingcod with quite a few over 28-inches in length.  Crabbing was also very good with around 10-per person from the reports heard.

Saturday August 22nd fishing report

August 22, 2020

Afternoon trips

Three boats out this afternoon and had to complete the trip with quite windy and choppy conditions.  One of the boats reported good catches where another reported slower results.  Hopefully conditions in the morning will be better..


Bottom fishing and crabbing

Three areas that we fished this morning all reported different overall results.  Those that stayed close to home and fished south found it a SLOW-GO most of the morning with the exception of a few drifts directly out in front of the harbor which actually saved the trip producing a little under 20-fish.  Other then that it was very slow.  Th0se that fished the northern inside waters in a moderate lumpy swell actually had the best results with decent trips reported.  Those that fished the deeper mid-water kind of had trips like the south people take about earlier where mostly a slow morning but saved by a few drifts.  Crabbing once again was terrific.

Friday August 21st fishing report

Bottom fishing and crabbing

All boats out today on a windy choppy ocean with some staying closer to home and others venturing up to the normal fishing  grounds off of Lincoln City.  All boats had decent trips with one limiting early and back in the harbor by 10:30am but the others came home with good catches.  Not many Lingcod in the catch this morning. Crabbing also was very good with 8-11 per person on the boats reporting.

Bottomfish and all-depth halibut allowed together beginning September 1

August 21, 2020



The Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) summer all-depth Pacific halibut season is expanding to be open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. These added openings give anglers additional opportunity to harvest the halibut quota.

August 20-22 was previously scheduled to be open. The next opening will be the following week, August 27-29, and continue every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until the quota is caught or October 31.

After September 1st you can also go on a Halibut trip and will be allowed to keep any bottom fish you catch.  That is a bargain.  Give us a call for reservations.

Thursday August 20th fishing report

August 20, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

The waters were pretty nautical this morning with quite a bit of wind which produced wind chop on the waters.  Thankfully there was very little swell on the ocean this morning so things even being choppy were still quite fishable.  Most of the boats had decent catches but did not hear about any limits caught this morning but there were some really nice Lingcod on the filet tables at the conclusion of the trips.  Picking crab pots this morning was a little difficult with the choppy waters ut the rewards were really great again with lots of crabs in the pots.

Wednesday August 19th fishing report

August 19, 2020

Bottom fishing and Crabbing

A simply gorgeous ocean out there this morning with zero wind and flat calm conditions.  We only had about a half of a knot of current which helped us move over the reefs which to some the operators are ideal for catching fish.  Quite a variety of fish caught today with the usual Black Sea bass and lots of Canary rockfish.  There were also lots of the fish that we can keep but hardly ever catch like Vermillion and Tiger rockfish.  Quite a few of them on the filet table today.  One boat had a decent catch of Lingcod as well and crabbing remains excellent.

Tuesday August 18th fishing report

August 18, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Bottom fishing was really good this morning with all boats out there reporting had a boat limit of the rockfish.  Not many Lingcod were caught this morning in shallow water or deeper water.  One of those days when they were off the bite.

Crabbing was terrific with two boats reporting 9+ per  person.

Monday August 17th fishing report

August 17, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Had really good results on all of our vessels out this morning both in the shallow waters as well as the deeper mid-water spots.  Some beautiful looking bottom fish and there were some nice Lingcod caught but not as many as the day before.  Like anything, all days seem to be different just like tomorrow will be different.  Crabbing remains very strong once again with around 8-9 per customer on the boats reporting.

First Timers

On an afternoon trip a few young folks onboard (picture enclosed) one of the boats for the first time out for ocean fishing caught almost a limit of fish bringing in 25-fish for there party of four people.  The fog went away about 12;30pm and the ocean was just beautiful.

August 16th fishing report

August 16, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

All of the boats were out this morning and everyone or almost everyone headed for the deeper water as that is where the better bite was yesterday.  Deep water fishing with light tackle is a challenging way to fish as it can be hard for novice fisher-people to find the bottom and feel the bites.  It sounded like some of the boats did really well with good catches and there were lots of Lingcod caught this morning as they seem to like the deeper water a little more.

Crabbing improved some today from the past 3-4 days with boats coming in with 4-9 per person depending on. the boat.


The summer salmon season came to an end today as now we wait for the non-selective salmon season to open on Friday and Saturday’s beginning on September 4th.  It will be open all Friday’s and Saturday’s thru September 30th or until a 3,000 fish quota is met.  These September seasons historically go quickly so if you want to go you should be making reservations with us.  More then likely because of the summer quota was not even close to being reached there will be some kind of a roll over so hopefully a few more then a 3,000 fish quota.  This season is a popular one as we do not have to throw back and Coho salmon that still have the adipose fin.  If it is legal size we can keep it.

First of the day fishing report August 15th

August 15, 2020

Deeper water bottom fishing

One of the large boats went out to the 120-foot+ depths today after a slow bite on the inner reefs and caught a nice bunch of rockfish along with a decent catch of Lingcod.  Sounds pretty good and maybe others will be out there in the morning.

Free Fishing Weekend

August 14, 2020

This upcoming weekend, August 15th & 16th is a free fishing weekend and no one needs a fishing license so it is a great time to come down and go fishing with us.  Saturday is pretty full with a few spots left but Sunday we have more spots available so make your plans for this Free Fishing Weekend with Tradewinds Depoe Bay.

Friday August 14th fishing report

Bottom fishing & crabbing

We have tough fishing reports once in a while and this is one of those but in the summer they are almost always a one day occurrence.  The bottom fishing had two fronts today which was most boats had a tough go of it this morning with the fishing quite slow was the report.  There were a few vessels that got in that “right spot at the right time” and had limits.  The Lingcod bite for one of the boats today was quite good as there were doubles on Lingcod and quite a few chasers.  Tomorrow is another day.

As we reported yesterday the crabbing has gone from spectacular to above fair but keep in mind that we are still producing 5-7 per person but certainly honestly not as good as a month long stretch of 9-11 average.  The pots still have quite a few legal males but what we are seeing the past 2-3 days are many more females and undersized males.  We knew it could not keep up from what we saw all July and the first third of August.  It’s still good however folks.

Free Fishing Weekend

This upcoming weekend, August 15th & 16th is a free fishing weekend and no one needs a fishing license so it is a great time to come down and go fishing with us.  Saturday is pretty full with a few spots left but Sunday we have more spots available so make your plans for this Free Fishing Weekend with Tradewinds Depoe Bay.

Thursday August 13th fishing report

August 13, 2020

Bottom fishing & crabbing

Good fishing today as the fleet was all out there on the northern reefs with limits or close to limits on all of the vessels.  There was even some nice lingcod caught on the shallow water reels this morning and some Cabezon.  Cabezon fishing ends today as tomorrow they will be off limits until next summer.  Crabbing was still very good but not as good as it has been with quite a few females showing up and sharing the pots with some younger crabs as well.  There is only so much room in the pots and the bigger males now are sharing that with the girl crabs and the younger guys.  Its still good as one boat had around 7-per person.


As we mentioned yesterday or the day before the summer salmon season ends this Sunday so if you want to go you have three days remaining.  Today not a whole lot of keepers caught but there was decent action out there with quite a few throwbacks and quite a number of fish on the hooks and off.

Wednesday August 12th fishing report

August 12, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Good fishing as the filet folks were hard at work cutting all of the bottom fish that were brought back in this morning.  Still a big boat day in the morning as there was still some left over slop out there which kept the 6-pack boats in the harbor.  All was better by the noon hour and the weather the thru the weekend sounds really nice.

Tuesday August 11th fishing report

Another sit-on the beach day for the Tradewinds vessels as the ocean waters were worse today then they were on Monday.  That would be the bad news but the good news is that in the summer the ocean goes from not good to good overnight and that is what will occur for tomorrow.  Boats will be leaving for fishing trips at sunrise in the morning and we have 2nd trips going tomorrow as well.  The weekend also sounds good.

Free Fishing Weekend

August 10, 2020

It will be a FREE FISHING WEEKEND this upcoming weekend so if you are looking to save a few dollars this Saturday and Sunday is for you.  Give Tradewinds Depoe Bay a call and book a bottom fishing trip or fish for Salmon on the closing weekend for the summer salmon season.  After a few days of bad weather the ocean weather sounds good through the weekend.

Monday August 10th fishing report

No fishing trips today due to rough ocean conditions.  Things look much better beginning Wednesday.

Sunday August 9th fishing report

August 9, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

It was a big boat only day out of Depoe Bay as the ocean is experiencing right now a windy period suppose to last thru Tuesday.  It is also producing some choppy seas out on the waters.  The bite this morning was pretty good early and then tapered off as the morning and sea condition increased.  The crabbing was very good.

The next two days are marginal weather out on the waters so we will be looking at them daily in the morning but things will improve by Wednesday and beyond.


We have one more week of Salmon fishing during the summer season as next Sunday, August 16th will be the final day.

Saturday August 8th fishing report

August 8, 2020

Bottom fishing & crabbing

All of our boats this morning lined up horizontally and fished the same spot in search for the Government Point bass wars. We found them.  The ocean is getting ready for some wind and some swell so we all chose to stay closer to home and it turned out to be a good idea as the fish were really on the bite.  Not many Lingcod today but every boat took home a limit of rockfish.  Crabbing was great as it has been for over a month now.  Two more trips out this afternoon as we have afternoon trips  normally on Friday’s and Saturday’s.


We have all been bottom fishing lately at Tradewinds but some of our sport boat friends have told us that the bite has slowed down some since 5-6 days of good fishing.  However, they are still getting lots of bites and sorting thru the fish that have or not have the adipose fin clipped.  The summer season closes August 16th and then we begin the fall non-selective salmon season September 4th.

Friday August 7th fishing report

August 7, 2020

Bottom. fishing  and crabbing

Quite the day out there this morning.  On the way out several of our operators noticed a difference in the ocean waters even though it was a beautiful ocean and likewise a beautiful day.  The ocean had what they were referring to as a fall active swell.  They were long and wide which is considerably different then summer type ocean waters.  The NOAA forecast says the days will be beautiful but there will be some swell and wind to deal with mostly on Sunday but Saturday and Monday a lesser amount.

The fishing was red hot for those inshore shallow water boats as they made pretty quick work once they found those sweet spots as multiple fish on poles around the boats.  Limits on the rockfish on all boats with a scattering of Cabezon and Lingcod.  The interesting thing was the deeper water boat(s) who were fishing out a smidgen past the 30F curve where the Canary rockfish were also really on the bite and the large majority of them were really nice quality fish.  The bigger news was after a few weeks hiatus the Lingcod gave the boat a crew and operator limits on the toothy critters and some were 30+ inches in length.

Great day and the boats also came home with plenty of crabs to give our folks a great nice chest full of seafood to take home.

Thursday August 6th fishing report


No early evening report yet on the Halibut trip yesterday but did hear at the noon hour that the catch so far was quite slow. Hopefully it picked up in the afternoon.

Bottom fishing and crabbing

The bottom fish bite was fast and furious Thursday on the shallow water and they worked for a few hours on some Lingcod and were able to get a few one report was.  The deep water bite was also good yesterday with a slew of really nice Canary rockfish and some Yellowtail’s. The picture here shows a Canary rockfish caught out in the deeper water as probably a 6+ pound fish (a big one). Heard that crabbing just as good as it has been.


Wednesday August 5th fishing report

August 5, 2020

Bottom fishing & crabbing

Limits for all of the boats we believe as there were lots of rockfish caught but not many Lingcod in the mix.  The rockfish are on such a feeding fest that they give the Lingcod only a slight chance of getting to the hooks before them. Crabbing remains excellent but lots more girl crabs and smaller male crabs are beginning to show up.


We have a Halibut trip going out tomorrow morning so we will give you the info on that trip in the afternoon when the boat returns.

Deep water fishing

We have a deep water trip going out in the morning to explore the deeper reefs north of Depoe Bay inside of the 40-fathom limit.  Will have a update tomorrow as well when we get one.


Tuesday August 4th fishing report

August 4, 2020


Don’t forget about the Halibut trip going out in two days, Thursday August 6th on the Kadaho.  Trip  leaves the dock at 6am sharp.  We have a few spots still remaining so give the office a call and sign up for the remaining spots.


No trips out of Tradewinds this morning as we were all bottom fishing but the word from the sport boat folks giving us some info was that the Salmon bite was excellent the past few days and the fish had some real good size to them.

Bottom fishing & crabbing

Crabbing remains very good and is a great chance to get some crabs to take home as the numbers we are getting are spectacular.

Bottom fishing was good this morning but not as good as Monday as today unlike yesterday the folks onboard the boats had to work for it. Yesterday was put the line in the water and catch a a fish. Rewards were there however for those who put in the time and the effort.  Some nice Lingcod came in on one of the boats out this morning.

Halibut trip on Thursday August 6th

August 3, 2020

Our next Halibut trip is scheduled for this coming Thursday August 6th leaving the dock at 6am sharp. We still have a few spots open for the trip so as the Halibut weekends wind down for the 2020 season you might want to get out there and get your Halibut for this year or add to the ones you already have in the freezer.  Our last tip last Saturday produced some really nice one also.  The Kadaho our 50-foot vessel will be again going our for us on Thursday.

Monday August 3rd fishing report

August fishing brings cool ocean conditions (Tuna)

The waters is warming up and this morning it was above 57-degrees is some spots.  The birds were working al over the ocean on the inside with bait just about everywhere and all the sea birds were throughly enjoying the feeding frenzy.  In the midst of all of that were giant Japanese sun fish and a Blue shark was spotted in the area.  The coolest thing was a Thresher shark probably in excess of 12-feet in length.  Hopefully the warm water will assist in bringing in the Tuna from offshore.

Bottom fishing and crabbing

All of our boats were int he same spot this morning g up off the Lincoln City reefs and the bottom fish were on the surface feeding on all of the bait and we had great trips fishing for the finning bass and other species. It is so much fun to cast out as far as you can and as soon as the jig hits the water you don’t let it sink but begin reeling immediately.  The fish come up and hit the jig incredibly hard and they were also very large bottom fish.

Crabbing was also as it has beeb really good with lots f boats reporting at or near limits per customer.  

Sunday August 2nd fishing report

August 2, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

All of the boats limited out on the rockfish and the fish we are seeing today are just very large specimens and loads of fun to catch.  On the light tackle they really put a huge fight that every one including the kids would be able to do.  Give us a call for trip times and get your reservation on the day that works best for you.

Crabbing remains fantastic with reports some of the boats were picking up limits for all participating in the crabbing.  Most of the ones we have been seeing are in good shape also as the molting process normally the late June/July time frame seems to be seeing the crabs regaining there weight.

Saturday August 1st fishing report

August 1, 2020


From what we are hearing the fish are just to far off the coast to get to them with day boats.  The southerly winds and current we are experiencing right now might have a way of changing that.  We will keep you informed.


The Kadaho’s in early with a great catch of Halibut as you can see from the attached photo(s).  All folks onboard were limited by 10:45am and they are home early by and far the 1st boat back in.   Remember the next opener…August 6,7, & 8.  The first opener of the so called summer Halibut quota.


Hey folks…here is some welcome news.  Some of our spies on the sport boat side told us that the Salmon bite out there this morning was really good with lots of limit catches.  There was also lots of action.  So after 5-weeks of waiting maybe a few fish have arrived.

Bottom fishing & Crabbing

Bottom fishing today was almost as good as the crabbing with three boats back in early with limits on the rockfish and a few Lingcod delivered to the filet tables.  Late summer historically not the best time for Lingcod but they are out there if you can’t oner over the 22″ minimum.

Crabbing spectacular !!


Friday July 31st fishing report

July 31, 2020


We have a trip going out in the morning the final trip on the spring Halibut season. If you still want to go we do have additional dates coming up on the Summer Halibut quota.  The first opener is August 6,7 and 8th and every other Thursday thru Saturday thru October 31st until the 67,898 pounds on the quota is caught.


Still quite slow and not many fish being harvested

Bottom fishing and Crabbing

A mixed bag this morning with deep water and the mid-water catch was very minimal at best.  The inside shallow water action was much better then the deep water catch but was boat to boat spotty.  Some boats did very well and others scratched out a decent catch.  Crabbing remains excellent.

Thursday July 30th fishing report

July 30, 2020


Give us a call if interested in a Halibut trip for Saturday.  There are still a few spots remaining.

Bottom fishing & crabbing

It was a beautiful day and a beautiful ocean to be out on with no wind to speak of, no rain, rising ocean water temps and very calm seas.  The water temp is helping the bite as all of the boats had good trips with no limits coming in but some good variety with a good a portion of fish for everyone.  By tomorrow morning we expect the water temps to be above 50-degrees and we are hopeful that will improve the bite in the shallow and deeper water.  Crabbing as  it has been for most of the summer was terrific again this morning.

Wednesday July 29th report

July 29, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Some of the best weather of the summer is with us now so a great time to come down and go out with Tradewinds on a fun filled bottom fishing trip.  As a bonus the crabbing has been some of the best results we have had in quite a few years with lots of crab coming into the docks.

We had decent fishing today with all boats bringing back lots of fish with fish biting periodically on the reefs this morning.  You go to one spot and they bite really well then go back for a 2nd helping and they don’t bite.  So you go to a new spot and they bite and then they don’t.  After five hours of fishing however if you stick to it you have a good brunch of fish to take to the filet table.  One of the vessels got into some nice Lingcod in the deeper water and on the Mr Max some nice Cabezon’s caught like the one in the picture attached.

Monday & Tuesday fishing reports

Bottom fish and Crabbing

Both Monday and Tuesday presented pretty much the same results so will combine the report today.  Both days produced good catches of fish if you were fishing in the mid-water spots (90-150 feet approximately) and also the inside spots which are normally inside 80-feet of water.

The only difference was the type of fish to be caught.  The inside produced mostly Black rockfish with a decent assortment of Cabezon and a few Lingcod.  On the mid-water stuff the Canary rockfish were really on the bite both days along with a few Lingcod and then on some days really good Lingcod catches.  In the summer months especially the deeper you go the better the chance of Lingcod catches.

One of the issues with the deeper water now is that you can’t keep any China rockfish, Copper rockfish or Quilback rockfish which you basically see in the deeper waters.  Crabbing remains excellent on all of the boats every day.


Still no good words as of yet about Tuna trips as the water right now is so cold on the inside that it takes longer to get out to where there is some warmer water and the proper conditions on top of that.  Hopefully with the great weather we will be having the next seven days on the inside the water will start to warm up and we can get some Tuna boats out there.

Sunday July 26th fishing report

July 27, 2020

Bottom fishing & crabbing

The ocean was a bit nautical this morning so it was a “Big Boat” day.  The ocean did get better as the morning and day went on so that was a good thing for the folks onboard.  Heard the the fishing was pretty good as a few spots that have been dead for the past few weeks went on the bite this morning.  That was a good thing as these spots are not nearly as far north as we have had to go here recently. Had some really good variety out there today with Black and Blue rockfish and a nice assortment of Canary’s.  Most of the groups on board had at least one Lingcod.  The picture posted is two nice Lingcod brought back to the filet table on the Mr Max today.  One granddaddy Lingcod and its grandson.  

No report today the crabbing but I would bet the ranch that it was pretty good as it has been the past 5-6 weeks.

Saturday July 25th fishing report

July 25, 2020

Bottom fishing & Crabbing

Crabbing remains very good with lots of crabs coming in to be cleaned and cooked for our customers and they seem to be getting harder as they go theu the molting period that they have every summer around this time.

The bottom fishing was another light tackle show in the shallows up off of Lincoln City with limits on some boats and close to limits on the rest of them. The picture was a young boys first trip out and came back with this nice Lingcod. There were quite a few Cabezon caught on the boats today and a few Lingcod reported on some of the boats.  A really nice ocean this morning which turned windy right at the end of the trip as we were picking crab pots.  Suppose to be the same forecast for tomorrow.

Friday fishing report July 24th

Bottom fishing and crabbing

Excellent fishing today where most boats got rockfish limits or very close to it.  Not many Lingcod coming into the boats today but there were quite a few Cabezon caught.  Crabbing continues to be very good but a little less then it has been but still very good.


Salmon fishing  continues to be very slow in the Depoe Bay area. To give you an idea on how slow it has been with a 21,000 fish quota for this summer’s selective Coho salmon fishery we have only caught just over 20% of the quota in our area from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border.  Obviously it has not been a good year but we still have about three weeks to go in the season so we are still hoping for some good fishing.


Wednesday July 22nd fishing report

July 22, 2020

After 4-5 days of marginal ocean weather we got some really nice weather today and more of it to come thru the weekend.  We still have patchy fog in the area but the ocean is really nice with no heavy currents out there also.


No trips for Tradewinds but did hear that there were some fish caught out in the 55-fathom territory which is 5-6 miles offshore.  Maybe they will be showing up & we will keep you informed.

Bottom fishing & crabbing

It was another inside/outside fishing today with most of the vessels on the inside reefs and by the looks at the fishing totes it was a good day with limits or close to limits of Black bass rockfish.  The outside vessels had good days in Canary rockfish and limits of Lingcod an unusual outcome this time of the year.  It does happen from time to time as you can see one of them that this lady reeled in this morning.  No official word on crabbing but its been so good lately the guess is that it was also very good today.

Tuesday early morning report July 21st

July 21, 2020

Sunday was a tough day out on the pond with some boats venturing out and others not due to semi-rough conditions.  On Monday no one went out and there are some restrictions for Tuesday morning.  More later in the day.

Bottom fishing and crab

The only boats to get out today were the bigger boats as there was a 40-ft restriction on all recreational boats and a 36-ft restriction on all of the UPV’s  (6-pac charter boats.  With those restrictions there are NO rec boats over 40-foot and NO UPV’s over 36 foot in Depoe Bay so they all stayed home.  It was pretty rough this morning especially on the bar crossing which by the time the boats came home had laid down quite a bit.

The bottom fishing was excellent with all of our larger boats coming home with limits for everyone onboard with lots of sea bass.  The crabbing was also excellent with some the vessels bringing home over 100 crabs.  Things are suppose to be calmed down considerably tomorrow but there will be windy/foggy conditions thru the next 4-5 days.

Saturday July 18th fishing report

July 18, 2020

Bottom fishing

All of our boats out this morning and all of our boats were doing the same thing at the same spot.  We all ventured up off the Lincoln City reefs and we all got into the massive rockfish bite going on up there.  All the boats got there limits on the rockfish and they were all really nice sized specimens as well.  Not a lot of variety as they were almost all Black rockfish but they are a “real kick” to catch on really light tackle.  Some Lingcod were caught but when the rockfish bite like they were this morning hard for the “Ling’s” to beat them to the hooks.


Again…. fabulous !!

Friday July 17th report


NO Halibut outings this week as the ocean was just to rough especially on the outside to give folks a good trip.  Its open next the weekend of July 30, 31 August 1st.  


Ocean a little tough out there in deeper water to take salmon trips.  One trip that was heard on the radio today was a very low catch rate as it has been since the beginning of the season.  Hopefully that will improve at some time.

Bottom fishing & crabbing

Crabbing as it has been most of the summer was again spectacular today. The bottom fishing had two fronts today.  If you fished in deeper water the Lingcod catch was excellent.  If you stayed in the shallower water the rockfish bite was excellent.  Depending on the boat you were on was a good indicator of what you caught.

Thursday July 16th fish report

July 16, 2020

ODFW Announcement

The ODFW announced today that beginning next Monday, July 20th that the bag limit for rockfish will change from 5-per person to 7-per person.  Along with that however all Copper, China and Quilback rockfish must be returned to the waters unharmed.

Bottom fishing

After a day off yesterday which all the operators appreciated with some bad weather in the area we got back out with a marginal forecast awaiting them but it actually turned out pretty nice.  Cold water was again the villain today with only a marginal number of rockfish hitting the hooks but another really nice day with the Lingcod catch like the one in the picture shown here from this morning.


Once again really good with lots of hard ones as well.


Our Halibut trip this morning was cancelled due to a rough offshore forecast.

July 14th report

July 14, 2020

Ocean weather

Well the ocean has changed over that beautiful 10-11 day period of perfect weather we had but now we are in the midst of some windy weather which has roughed up the waters a bit.  The good news is it should by forecast be out of here by Thursday so they are telling us.

Bottom fishing & crabbing

Fishing this morning was a difficult one with wind and choppy conditions out there the entire morning.  The fish appeared to be right on the bottom and with a current upwards of 1.5 knots that was a difficult task.  Not many rockfish were caught though one boat using heavier tackle was able to bring in some.  On the good report side was that there were lots of Lingcod and Cabezon caught and of course the crabbing was very good once again.


No salmon boats out today but we do have them going Thursday and Friday so will. have a report then.

Monday July 13th report

July 13, 2020

Bottom fishing & Crabbing

The bite on the rockfish was out in the mid-water this morning as there was nothing happening inside in the shallow water.  The magic depth seemed to be between 100 & 130 feet.  Even with the slower bite on the inside all of the boats reported really decent Lingcod catches.  Its usually the other way around with good rockfish catches and slower on the Lingcod.  An example is to look at the previous days bottom fishing reports.  Crabbing has stayed really good now for about a month and does not appear to be slowing down from the reports we have heard.


Even with some good reports from south of us here in Depoe Bay the fish have not gotten here just yet with one boat observed with a small take home fish score.  Hopeful it will get better any day now.


Sunday July 12th fishing report

July 12, 2020

Ocean Weather

The weather is changing and so will the fishing.  The only spots the fish were biting here in the last week or so was south of Depoe Bay. As we get back the NW winds which began this afternoon and will be with us thru the whole next week the waters will cool down and we will probably see a return to good fishing north of Depoe Bay.

Bottom Fishing & crabbing

It was good today but not as good as it has been on the south side reefs and the northern spots begin to heat up as the NW winds began to return.  The three boats out today we know of two of them that limited but not a whole lot of Lingcod were caught today.  Crabbing remains excellent.


We did hear reports of decent fishing down off of Newport so those fish will be moving this way and we do have some salmon trips scheduled mid-week and beyond. Hopefully some good catches will follow.

Saturday July 11th

July 11, 2020

Bottom fishing & Crabbing

Excellent fishing this morning with limit catches but not as good as the four previous days.  Only difference was it just took longer.  Great sized bass and rockfish with some Cabezon and thensame for the Lingcod.  Crabbing is as good as it gets.


We do have the Kadaho out there again today and will have information on the trip later in the day.  Remember there will be additional two more openings during the spring schedule as it is called J8ly 16,17,18 and July 30,31 & August 1. Then additional opening beginning in August for the summer season as it is called.  The first one being August 6,7,8 and then additional opening later to be announced if quota remains.

(Report) The Kadaho came home with some really nice fish but we came home 1-fish short of a limit.  The boat was by far the best out there today but sure wish we could have gotten that last fish for that customer.  I guess as they say. “thats fishing”.

July 10th fishing report

July 10, 2020


The Kadaho is back in port already with a limit of Halibut for all passengers and crew.  It was a beautiful day out there and our boat was by far the first boat back into port with great looking fish.  Hope to have a picture later.


No Tradewinds boats out today but some word on the radio from the sport guys still seem to point to slow action.

Bottom fish and crabbing

All of the action is in shallow water with light tackle.  Any mid-water fishing or deep water fishing was not effective at all the past few days.  Probably somewhat to do with the very warm water we have been having lately with some places showing 61-degree water.  Bottom fish don’t normally like that hot of water.  However, in the shallows the bite was fast and furious with limits on all boats on the rockfish and quite a few Lingcod and a few Cabezon.  The crabbing as it has been is very good.



July 9th reports

Halibut trips going out Friday and Saturday morning.

No salmon reports for this day as nothing new to report.

Bottom fishing was good today but not great.  Warm water has slowed the bite some but there were some really nice Lingcod and Cabezon caught today on all boats.  The rockfish bite was OK but it was a 5-hour trip worth of hard work  to get them in your tote.

Crabbing remains as good as it can get.



Wednesday July 8th fishing report

July 9, 2020

No salmon trips today but some of the news from the sport boat guys was it was quite slow again today.  It will improve and hopefully it will be soon.  We will let you know.

We have Halibut trips going out both Friday and Saturday.  Not sure about if both trips are full but if you want to go you might give the office a call and inquire on availability.

Bottom fishing was very good today again with limits on all of the boats with Lingcod fishing today was slower then the past few days.  Cabezon catches today was quite good however.  Crabbing as it has been the pat month was just fantastic.  About half the crab are full and good weight to them with the other half in the molting process and maybe half to three quarters full.


The first Tuna information came our way this morning with fish at the 60-mile mark.  Still a little far out there for day trips which we run but they are moving in.  Stay tuned….

Monday July 6th whale report

July 6, 2020

Just about the same report as of yesterday with excellent sightings of the whales in the area feeding off the coastline.  There was also a report of an Orca(s) whales in the area this morning.

Monday July 6th fishing report

Salmon fishing after a decent report yesterday from some sport boat operators only produced three take downs and the folks did get to reel on the fish but about halfway to the boat they spit the hook.  So we are still waiting on some fish to get to our area.  There were a few Chinook today on sport boats caught up north off the Siletz River but that was the only catch report we heard today.

Bottom fishing took place on the other four boats right out in front and slightly to the north of the harbor and it was over in about an hour.  Limits on all boats on the rockfish with lots of Cabezon but only a few legal Lingcod got to the filet table.

Crabbing remains terrific as all the people crabbing today took home at least nine per person.

Friday July 10th Halibut Trip

The weather sounds just fantastic for next Friday’s offshore Halibut trip July 10th.  There are a few spots still open if you want to get your Halibut for the year.  Last trip we got some really nice ones out there on the Kadaho a beautiful 50-foot very comfortable vessel so give our office a call and get your name on the list.

July 5th fishing report

July 5, 2020

No salmon boats out today but we did hear thru some of the sport fishing boats that there now a few Coho salmon out there being caught.  No word on the keepers as you might know that all Coho salmon caught to retain must have a healed adipose fin.  We do have a boat going out there tomorrow so we will have some reports for you then.

Bottom fishing was as it has been really hard work but we have been coming  home with good scores for those who spend the 5-hour trip working at it. One of our boats today found a sweet spot and was home about mid-morning with a rockfish limit plus some Lingcod & Cabezon also in the catch.

The crabbing which we hope remains the same as it is right now was fantastic with great scores and even some limits for some of the participants.

July 4th Fishing Report

July 4, 2020

All of the Tradewinds boats were out today with all of them except for one on bottom fishing trips.

One TW boat was on a 8-hour combo trip with salmon, bottom fish and crabbing. The vessel spent close to 3-hours on the salmon grounds and they did from radio reports heard one take home fish, had a few throw backs and a few other bites.  Bottom line is still pretty slow.

The bottom fishing boats are did well with a number of them close to limits and some Lingcod did make it to the filet table.  Lots of variety today with the usual shallow water bass types, some Cabezon caught today which are legal to keep after July 1st and some mid-water species like Canary rockfish.  A good catching day all around after another minus tide slow start to the biting.

The crabbing was nothing short of GREAT with good numbers on all boats.  One boat came very close to a total limit (12) for all participants onboard.

Happy Birthday America Folks. Hope you and your family have a great day.

July 3, 2020

July 3rd fishing report

Al of our boats out today with good reports from all of them.

First off the salmon report.  We did not have a boat salmon fishing today but some of the radio reports from sport boat operators suggested that they were getting a few fish to bite but not very many take home fish.  Remember, that any Coho salmon caught must have a healed adipose fin present in order to retain it.

The crabbing was terrific as it has been the past month.

Bottom fishing was good also with not many folks getting rockfish limits but most were very close.  One boat was off fishing in deep water and had a great catch of Canary rockfish and a limit of Quilback rockfish along with 8-Lingcod for  6-people. The Kadaho put another Tradewinds Halibut onboard which I believe now is 6-for the season on inshore bottom fishing trips.

Thursday July 2nd fish report

July 2, 2020

First off salmon fishing continues to be very slow.  Obviously the Coho salmon have not moved into our area yet and we will let you know when we begin to see them.

Bottom fishing started out slow as it has been lately with finding biting fish was quite slow but improved greatly towards the end and all came home with good catches.

The crabbing has been really good the past few weeks and today it was even better.  Some boats bring back 80+ crabs off some of the big boats.

Fishing report June 30th

July 1, 2020

We had bottom trips and salmon trips today as well as pulling crab pots at the end of these trips.

The crabbing was again really good with some boats reporting 4+ per person.

Salmon fishing is quite slow with a few Chinook salmon caught today but no Coho salmon yet to be brought back to Depoe Bay as of yet.  They will show up as we get into July at some time and we will let you know when they do arrive.

Bottom fishing was a mixed bag today and the “being at the right place at the right time” was really important today.  Some of the boats experienced slow fishing the entire trip but others “being in that right spot” limited on the rockfish with a really nice assortment of Lingcod.  We even had one Halibut caught today on the bottom fishing trip. We have caught quite a few on bottom fishing trips this year.

Monday fishing report (6/29)

June 29, 2020

Another day stuck on the beach with very tough ocean conditions out there so another day of cancelled trips.  Very unusual to have multiple days of heavy swells out there this time of year but 2020 has been a unusual year.  The good news is that it is coming down and the forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday) is much better.  Lets wait and see what tomorrow brings.  The weekend right now looks beautiful.

Sunday Fishing (6/28)

June 28, 2020

Tradewinds has cancelled its Sunday schedule of fishing trips due to a forecasted 8-9 foot swell which will produce rough seas on the waters in front of  Depoe Bay.  We should be back on schedule Monday morning.

Saturday fishing report (6/27)

Interesting day out on the pond today with a questionable weather forecast but except for a burst of wind for about a half hour around the noon hour the ocean was really nice today.

We had boats out on bottom fishing trips plus crabbing as well as boats on Salmon trips.  First the bottom fishing.  It was quite slow today as even around mid-afternoon no one was able to get many of the rockfish to bite.  Probably because of the cold water we had down around 49-degrees due to northerly winds the past four days.  The good news if any was the Lingcod bite.  Al of the boats had really good Lingcod counts today as it would be normal with a really slow rockfish bite that the Lingcod were getting all of the chances out there.  Some really nice specimens brought to the filet table today.  The Kimberly Ann on the 2nd half of a combo salmon/bottom fishing trip caught a 43-inch Halibut in 50-feet of water.  Take a look at this picture.

The Salmon bite was slow with only one Coho salmon caught but there were a bunch of Spring Chinooks caught as Mr Max displays three of them brought back. Hopefully the Coho’s will begin to arrive soon.

Thursday Fishing report (6/25)

June 26, 2020

Fishing was great and Crabbing was also really good on this day but the ocean was a little choppy this morning which made it a semi-difficult day out there.  We are in a little period of choppy water for the next 2-3 days. Next week looks more like summer.

Wednesday Fishing Report (6/24)

June 24, 2020

Interesting morning and proves that one day the fish are showing everywhere and the next day they are hard to find. Such was the case today as one boat got into a massive bite only to find when the other boats heard that on the radio by the time they got there most of that bite was over. So one boat did really well and the others had to work the entire five hours and they still came up with good trips.

The “Big Lingcod’s” have been coming to the TW filet dock the past four days and today was the same as you can see from the picture this morning off the Mr Max.

Tuesday fishing report (6/23)

June 23, 2020

Excellent day of fishing out on the Pacific pond this morning with all of out boats getting excellent catches. After a few slower days on the Lingcod today saw quite a bit of action in that department. Encloed is a picture of one of the larger Lingcod measuring over 36 inches. Crabbing was also as it has been excellent today.

Two openings added to Central Coast all-depth Halibut

Two additional dates added for Spring all-depth Halibut which are July 16-18 and July 30-August1. There are also openings July 9-11 and July 23-25. Lots of opportunities so if you need a Halibut or additional ones in your freezer give us a call and make your reservation.

Monday fishing report (6/19)

June 22, 2020

A decent day out on the bottom fishing reefs this morning at least for the whole fleet as it was better then it has been especially on the inside reefs. Not a great Lingcod bite today as only a few caught but one was 43-inches and weighed in at 33 pounds landed on the Kadaho this morning That is a large fish! The picture of that fish is attached to this report.

The rockfish bite was slow at the start but came alive in the last hour or so and the light tackle boats did well thanks to that late bite. The offshore rockfish bite was also a little slower then it has been but five hour trips make for good catches and so it was.

Crabbing again was excellent.

Sunday June 21st Fishing report

June 21, 2020

HAPPY FATHERS DAY out there for all you dads and we hope you are having a great day.

Sounded like all of the boats had really good trips even though some of the boats reported a very slow go at the beginning of he trip till about halfway thru and then the fish began to bite quite a bit. One boat had some really big “PIGS” in the Lingcod department and in the mid-water fishing the Canary rockfish were really on the bite today.

Crabbing has improved from Good to Very Good in the shallow water spots we frequent from year to year.

Saturday June 20th Fishing Report

June 20, 2020

Had a good day out there this moring even though the rain came down pretty hard with some wind in the last hour of the morning trips. We had two more boats out there on second trips this afternoon. Lots of rockfish made it to the filet table this morning and one boat came back in with lots of Lingcod caught in the deeper water off the Lincoln City Reefs. Also crabbing for around the fifth day in a row was excellent.

We did have a Halibut boat out there today (Kadaho) and we will get you that report as soon as we can. 3pm: The Halibut boat came back in early in the afternoon with a limit of really nice Halibut.

More great trips going out in the morning and the forecast is for much better weather then this morning maybe even a little sunshine.

Good Bottom Fishing Friday morning (6/19)

Had a number of boats out this morning (Friday) and all had good to excellent trips with close to limits on the rockfish and some Lingcod caught on all of the vessels. Crabbing again was excellent this morning.

Lots of bottom fishing trips heading out on the morning along with a Halibut boat as well.

Remember you Salmon fishermen, the Coho season opens up next Saturday, June 27th. We have a seen a few salmon chasers on the bottom fishing trips but not a great many as of yet.

Thursday (6/18) fishing report

June 19, 2020

Pretty nice ocean this morning which stayed with us thru the better half of the morning so we were able to get good fishing and crabbing in before the winds came up early afternoon.

Al of the boats had limits of rockfish and we had a decent Lingcod catch and the crabbing was once again really good.

Mixed bag of results on our fishing trips this morning

June 17, 2020

First day the fleet has been out there after a few days of not-so-good weather and now we are seeing really nice weather in the forecast thru the upcoming weekend.

Today one of the boats found a limit of rockfish and some nice lingcod out in the really deeper water where the normal hot bite on the inside reefs was falling short today on some of the other boats.

The great news was all the boats that were crabbing today came home with great catches certainly the best of this year so far.

No Fishing Tuesday Morning (6/16)

June 16, 2020

A little to much swell this morning for any successful fishing adventure so we will re-group for tomorrow. See ya then.

Halibut Saturday June 20th

June 14, 2020

Interested in some offshore Halibut fishing. Well we have trips going out next Saturday, June 20th at 6am and if your interested give us a call at our office to reserve your spot. Nice picture here to show you the catch we had from this past Friday.

Sunday Fishing Report

Sounded like all of the boats out this morning had good trips especially on the rockfish bite and most of the vessels had real good variety as well with Canary rockfish as well as the more normal Black rockfish and other species. The Lingcod bite was sporadic with lower counts on some boats and better counts on others. If you are thinking its the boat, its not. This time of year if your in the right spot you will catch a good number of them. Where is that right spot well, its different every day.

One really cool thin today was a really tough fella caught a 38 inch Halibut. His dad had to help hold the pole but he cracked it all the way up. Only person more excited then the young by was the skipper of the boat. The picture has all three of the young brothers showing off there prized fish.