Fishing Report

December 27, 2018

To all of our past and future customers:

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

Merry Christmas from Tradewinds

December 24, 2018

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

Tradewinds holiday gift certificates

December 18, 2018

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

2019 Bottom Fishing regulations

December 9, 2018

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

Happy Thanksgiving everyone

November 19, 2018

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

Off-season information

October 19, 2018

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

Fishing and crabbing still really good

October 2, 2018

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

The off season is here

September 29, 2018

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

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

Friday fishing report

September 21, 2018

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


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

Thursdays fishing report

September 20, 2018



Wednesday fishing news update

September 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

Tuesday fishing round-up

September 18, 2018

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

Monday fishing report

September 17, 2018

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

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

Ocean weather forecast

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

Sunday fishing report

September 16, 2018

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

Saturday fishing report

September 15, 2018

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

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

Friday fishing report

September 14, 2018

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

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

Thursday fishing report

September 13, 2018

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

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

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

Wednesday fishing report / new departing times

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

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

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

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

Tuesday fishing report

September 11, 2018

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

Monday fishing report

September 10, 2018

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

New departure times beginning next weekend

September 9, 2018

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

Sunday fishing report

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

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

Saturday fishing report

September 8, 2018

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

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

Friday fishing report

September 7, 2018

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

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

Thursday fishing report

September 6, 2018

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

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

Salmon fishing this weekend

September 5, 2018

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

Wednesday fishing report

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

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

Labor Day fishing report

September 3, 2018

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

Summer Salmon fishing

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


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

Sunday fishing report

September 2, 2018

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone….

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

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

Saturday fishing update

September 1, 2018

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

Friday fishing report

August 31, 2018

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

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

Salmon season ending error

August 30, 2018

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

Tuesday-Wednesday fishing update

August 29, 2018

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

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


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

Monday fishing report

August 27, 2018

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

Sunday fishing update

August 26, 2018

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

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

Saturday fishing report

August 25, 2018

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

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

Friday fishing report

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

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

Thursday fishing report

August 23, 2018

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

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

Wednesday fishing report

August 22, 2018

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

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

Tuesday Fishing report

August 21, 2018

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

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

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

Monday fishing report

August 20, 2018

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

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

Sunday fishing report

August 19, 2018

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

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

Saturday fishing report

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

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

Friday fishing report

August 17, 2018

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

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


Cabezon retention last day Friday

August 16, 2018

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

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

Sportfishing for other bottomfish remains open

Wednesday fishing report

August 15, 2018

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

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

Tuesday fishing report

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

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

Monday fishing report

August 13, 2018

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

Sunday fishing report

August 12, 2018

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

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

Saturday afternoon fishing

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


August 11, 2018

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

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

Friday fishing report

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

Thursday fishing report

August 9, 2018

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

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

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

Wednesday fishing report

August 7, 2018

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

Monday fishing report

August 6, 2018

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

Crabbing update

August 5, 2018

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

Sunday fishing report

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

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

Saturday fishing report

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

Friday fishing report

August 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

Thursday fishing report

August 2, 2018

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

Wednesday fishing report

August 1, 2018

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

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

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

Tuesday fishing report

July 31, 2018

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

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

Sunday fishing report

July 29, 2018

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

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

Saturday fishing report

July 28, 2018

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

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

Friday fishing report

July 27, 2018

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

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

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

Thursday fishing report

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

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

Wednesday fishing report

July 25, 2018

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

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

Tuesday fishing report

July 24, 2018


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

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

Monday fishing report

July 23, 2018

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

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

Sunday fishing report

July 22, 2018

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

Saturday fishing report

July 21, 2018

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

Friday fishing report

July 20, 2018

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

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

Thursday fishing report

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

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

Wednesday fishing report

July 18, 2018

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

Salmon-Bottom & even crabbing on Tuesday

July 17, 2018

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


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


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

Salmon update

July 16, 2018

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

Monday fishing report

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

Long line deep water trips

July 15, 2018

Tradewinds Depoe Bay have two boats all geared up and ready to go with one larger vessels who will only fish 10 max and one 6-pac boat which of course as the name implies will carry 6-paid passengers.  Since we are fishing 450-500 feet and sometimes a little more 12 miles offshore we do need some decent weather to do these trips.  These are great trips with the lower bottom fishing limits on the inshore trips compared to the 10-fish limit on these trips.  Also, these fish we catch out there are really “BIG” great looking fish.  Well worth the price tag at $120 for the 6-hour trip.  Give us a call as we are using great looking top of the line tackle which certainly gives you an advantage.

Tuna report

We are running a trip next Sunday if the weather and reports hold up so we will report the results from that trip and hopefully it will be a good one.

Really nice Sunday on the ocean waters

After a few days of wind and semi-rough seas we were back to nice ocean weather today and the bottom fishing boats all had good trips with quite a catch of Lingcod and Cabezon along with the normal good fishing for the rockfish.  We heard a report that possibly the crabbing has improved in some water we can get to as far as depth and we will let you know about that in a day or two.


Salmon still remains on the slow side with some good action from time to time but with the adipose fin restriction in the summer months not a great deal of take home fish.  Yesterday afternoon there was a really good bite of Salmon but was not as good this morning.

Friday fishing update

July 13, 2018

Its so hot in the valley and that normally means lots of wind down here and that is the case this morning again.  The ocean like yesterday is really rough today so all fishing trips will be no-go’s this morning.  The forecast is calling for better conditions for tomorrow.  We all hope so!!!

Thursday fishing report

July 12, 2018

It would have been a tough day on the water fishing today as the ocean is very rough today so all fishing trips were cancelled.  We did take a buoy run out to take a look at it and determined it would not have been comfortable for anyone out there this morning.  Tomorrow might be more of the same but we will look at it in the morning.

Wednesday fishing report

July 11, 2018

All of our boats were out this morning and the hope was to beat the “Big Blow” forecasted with heavy winds suppose to be around for three days.  The weekend sounds OK from the forecast we are seeing now.  Well we got about three hours of the trips in before it came a little to rough for the 6-man boat and he came back in early.  The bigger boats tolerate that type of ocean better. Anyhow the boats were catching some fish but I would call it not lights- out fishing.  There were quite a few rockfish caught with some Lingcod and Cabezon reported.

Tuna report

July 10, 2018

No real positive news as of this date as of yet as the water is most certainly warm enough with 60+ degree water on the beach but some of the other factors not there yet.  We know they are out there as the big commercial boats are selling there product off the docks in Newport but not in close enough for any day trips.  We will let you know.

Tuesday fishing report

Heard that the Salmon bite was quite slow today possibly placing the blame if we can do that on the “hot water” out there this morning.  Calling ocean water in the Northern Pacific “hot” might be a stretch but it was 63-64 degrees out there and that is water we find on the Tuna grounds 20+ miles offshore.  Normally we may average around 53-54 degrees here this time of year.   Now it is in here except without the Tuna.


The bottom fishing was good this morning with four boats limiting on the rockfish and some of the boats reported a variety of Lingcod and Cabezon in there catch. Sounds like some northerly winds heading our way this afternoon thru Friday.

Sunday & Monday fishing report

July 9, 2018

Salmon fishing remains spotty.  There are quite a few fish on our trip Sunday that were being caught but not many turn into take home fish because of the adipose fin restriction.  The bottom fishing both days was excellent with limits on the rockfish side and quite a few Lingcod being caught as well.

Saturday fishing report

July 8, 2018

Al of the boats for TW were out on fishing trips this morning and most were on bottom fishing trips where they ventured up north to find there fish.  Al four boats from what was told had really good trips from limits to very close to limits and some boats doing really well Lon the Lingcod bite.  No one right now is crabbing as we are still waiting for them to come in closer to the beach.


We also had one boat out on the Salmon grounds and in some respects it was a really decent trip.  We only brought home 4-fish for the group of six but we had 37-takedowns and had to throw back fifteen due to the presence of the adipose fin.  Three Chinooks we had to throw back for being just shy of the 24-inch minimum and also lost 3-4 right close to the nets.  Lots of action for the folks but we sure wish they could have taken home a few more fish.

Friday morning fishing report

July 6, 2018

Two of the boats out today were back in by 10am with limits of rockfish and a few Lingcod going to the filet tables as well.  One of the boats was on a 8-hour combo for Salmon and bottom fish and cut the Salmon side very early in the trip as it was very rough out over 4-miles offshore.  They did catch one very nice 8-9 pound Coho salmon while they were there so there are fish out there with lots of birds and tide rips which we all look for when out there trying to locate Salmon.

Salmon update & other fishing news

Sounds like some Coho salmon have moved into the area with more on the way down to the south of us.  There were a number of Coho’s caught out of Depoe Bay today and some really nice Chinook salmon as well.  Hopefully this means things might be picking up.


We are currently booking deep water long leader trips.  A really cool fishery where the limit is 10-rockfish we catch offshore in deep water.  These are really nice sized fish we get in the deep water.  They are fun trips so give us a call.

Early Thursday fishing report

July 5, 2018

One boat already back in with a quick limit of everything almost as he was fishing at the top secret Tradewinds fishing hole.  The others are still up off the Lincoln City reefs plugging away and will let you know the results when the info comes in.


Also heard that the Coho salmon might be starting to come around to our area as several of the sport boats out there have reported on the TW secret line  doing really well today.  Nothing spectacular but quite a few on and after as we always have to throw the ones with the adipose fin back in some are remaining in the boat and getting tagged.   Good News!!

4th of July Catch

July 4, 2018

Two really nice Vermillion’s caught this morning on our nations birthday.  

Happy Birthday USA & Wednesday fish report

Happy Birthday America on this national holiday and hope all of you are and will be enjoying a great family day picnic and outing, barbecue at home or some fishing with Tradewinds Depoe Bay, etc.


Good fishing on this holiday as it was a late bite but all of the boats who reported in had a good trip with Lingcod and various species of rockfish.  We did have one boat crabbing today which we have not been doing for a few weeks so hopefully maybe it will show some improvement.

Tuesday fishing report

July 3, 2018

The fishing was up off the Lincoln City reefs and it was for the most part a deep water show.  Fishing inside in the shallow water reefs was slow today but outside in the 25 fathom range was good especially in the 2nd half of the trips this morning.  Some really nice Lingcod and lots of Canary and Copper rockfish were on the bite this morning.

Monday morning fishing report

July 2, 2018

TW had three boats out this morning all bottom fishing as we are telling folks to hold off possibly for awhile on the Salmon fishing.  Some folks just want to go Salmon fishing and or do some crabbing and we do take them but good customer service dictates that we are forthcoming with our clients which we are doing.  Right now folks there is virtually no Coho out there but we do hope that will change soon and we will let you know.  When that happens we will be out there with multiple boats.  Right now the boats charter/or sport craft who are Salmon fishing are up on the mouth to the Siletz River catching a few Chinook salmon but not very many.  It will get better.


We had good success on the bottom fishing with two boats fishing a spot about 120 feet deep that had a pretty heavy current but the Canary’s were really on the bite and we caught quite a number of Lingcod to go around with them.  Both boats limited. Another boat we heard had al limit of Cabezon but not much more info on the results of that trip.

Sunday fishing report

Heard from two boats and all three were bottom fishing with one on a combo that Salmon fished on the 2nd half of the trip.  The bottom fishing this morning and heard from two of the boats and it was very good with lots of color in the totes with Lingcod, Canary rockfish, Vermillion’s, Blue and Black bass amongst others.  The weird thing today was that Cabezon opened today and we have been catching lots of them this past month and today when we could keep them we caught I believe zero!!  We will get them tomorrow.  Coho salmon is very slow with very few caught from charter or sport boats .  Did hear there was a bite on Chinook salmon up off the mouth of the Siletz River and they are nice fish but if you catch one and your on a bigger boat with 12-15 people some might still call that really slow.

Saturday fishing report

June 30, 2018

Had boats out on bottom fishing trips today and bottom fish/Salmon combo trips.  Sounds like the fishing up north on the bottom fish was quite slow even though we heard that the Lingcod bite was pretty decent.  The two boats out on the combo trips had terrific bottom fish and Lingcod bites as they went south to held them they thought on positioning for a Salmon bite.  Well it was a good decision on the bottom fish certainly but not much activity on the Salmon side.  There were some fish caught today and some nice Chinook reported but all in all a pretty slow Salmon opener.  It is however only the first day of the season with many more to come and the water offshore was a chocolate brown which has never been good for occupying Salmon.  Hopefully when that clears up we will have a better Salmon score to report to you.  We will always give you the accurate information on all of the fisheries we go after.

Friday fishing report

June 29, 2018

Sounded like most of the boats out today experienced the same luck or no so much luck.  The Lingcod bite was really good today but the rockfish bite was off quite a bit this morning.  Some of the boats got to that right place at the right time and did better then others on the rockfish.  Still lots of Lingcod today on the filet table.  Crabbing remains as poor as it has been in a few years.  We still think that it will get better as the summer goes on but that is a guess that we have.  We will let you know when and if it begins to improve.

First of the year Tuna report

June 28, 2018

First off they are beginning to see in Newport, Oregon to our south a few miles down on the water front the first Albacore tuna boats coming in and selling them to the public off the public docks.  That means that the season even though not for sport fishing yet are beginning to get up to the area.  Word was that they were 80-100 miles out which is to far for sport charter to get to them but it is a good sign that we will begin looking for the signs to get out there.  Pay attention to this fishing report for any and all reports as soon as we hear them.

Wednesday and Thursday fishing report

Did not get a fishing report in for yesterday for no good reason however, it was not much good yesterday.  It was a very rough ocean yesterday and it was a big boat show as the water was not at all that friendly.  Today was a much different story with overcast/partly sunny conditions and with little if any wind.  The ocean water was really nice.  The fishing started out slow like the day before and then the word from a few different areas was that it was a deep water show.  Lots of activity out in the deeper water and that usually means lots of color in the totes which was the case.  Heard also of some really nice Lingcod caught for the folks on board.  Good day !!

How about a Long Leader Trip

June 27, 2018

We are running deep water 6-hour Long Leader fishing trips now and they are really a lot of fun and well worth the $120 for the trip.  We go offshore around 12 miles and fish in about 450-500 feet of water.  The gear setup is you have a weight to get you down without a hook on it.  You then have to have 30-feet of line up to where the hooks can begin with a float attached to keep it 30-feet off the bottom.   The idea is to avoid deep water Lingcod but lots of rockfish out there including Canary rockfish and these are really good sized fish as compared to the inshore model.  The best news is you can retain –10- of these fish per person.  Call the Tradewinds office for information and to book a trip.

Changes coming for the fish limits July 1st

The rockfish limit will drop from 5-fish limit to a 4-fish limit beginning on July 1st.  You can either catch 3-rockfish and 1-Cabezon or you can have 4-rockfish.  The Lingcod limit did not change and will remain at 2 per person.  Bottom line is we are losing just one rockfish but starting July 1st we can retain one of those really big Cabezon’s we are currently having to throw back and still get those sought after Big Lingcod.

Tuesday fishing report

A little cranky out there this morning but the ocean got a lot better as the  morning progressed.   Even though the first half of the trip was  little bouncy the fish bit really well.  Most of the boats reported limits or near limits of the rockfish but a little slow today on the Lingcod bite.

Monday Fishing Report

June 25, 2018

Had a good fishing day Monday morning which was a good sign after yesterday’s trips where the fish hardly bit at all. Today a whole different story with lots of rockfish and the Lingcod bit really well as well. ?Might have a little swell for tomorrow and first thing on Wednesday but then the rest of the week into the weekend looks pretty good with good summer weather.

Sunday fishing report

June 24, 2018

Interesting ocean today out there as overnight we saw ocean water temps drop almost seven degrees which might have accounted for the disappearance of a lot of the fish from our fish finders today. They were just hard to find and the ones we did find were not in the feeding mood maybe cold and bundled up to stay warm. Not really good fish counts today but we did have a nice number of Lingcod caught but the rockfish numbers were quite low. Tomorrow is another day.

Saturday fishing report

June 23, 2018

Sure was a really nice ocean today as all of our boats were out today and we all were down south though somewhat in different areas. The fishing was outstanding with from what was said limits or pretty close to limits on the rockfish and they were really nice quality fish also. There were quite a few Lingcod also as they were on the bite as well. Not close to limits on them but quite a few just the same. Two boats had afternoon trips and one was back in less then two hours with a limit but with a current approaching 1.6 knots not much action on the Lingcod in the afternoon goes.

Friday fishing report

June 22, 2018

Good fishing down south and not very good up north. For some odd reason the fish up north in all of the bait in the water up there are so full they are not biting. One boat got quite a few Lingcod up there but average maybe 3-4 rockfish per rod. The boats that were down south all limited on the rockfish and the word was a good number of Lingcod. One boat tried crabbing again and it is still really poor.

Thursday fishing roundup

June 21, 2018

A really nice day on the ocean waters with calm winds as actually there was no wind at all. The day was overcast and the ocean possibly had a 3 -foot swell to it. The rockfish bite was just so-so this morning but there were reports of quite a few really nice Lingcod hitting the filet tables. One boat reported on the 2nd to the last drift for his boat the rockfish went on the bite and he came home with just two short of a limit. What made the fishing trip for all even better was an incredible whale watch show while they were fishing. Estimates up to a dozen + whales right in the area they were fishing and you could not of had a better show with some nice fish caught and loads of whale activity. All in all a great day.

Wednesday morning fishing report

June 20, 2018

Several boats out this morning and both fishing closer to home…one a little up north and the other a little down south.They met about an hour into the trip halfway between the starting points and ended up down south a mile or two. The smaller boat limited on rockfish and had a really terrific catch of Lingcod. The larger boat limited on the rockfish with a late bail of fish so goes the story and also some really nice Cod. Good day all the way around on a cloudy but really nice ocean morning.

Nice lookin’ Halibut

June 19, 2018

How about this big Halibut caught on a Tuesday morning bottom fishing trip

Still lots of bait but the fish bit the hooks as well

After several days of seeing so much bait in the water and not getting very many of the fish to bite today they bit the hooks as well. That was probably because they were so full of the bait in the area there tummy’s were already full. Today they liked both baits. One boat fishing closer to home was in early with the other boats venturing up off the Lincoln City reefs and the word was they were doing well also. No crabbing out there today as we are at least for the time being discouraging it as the crabbing has been so slow. Hopefully that will change and we will let you know when it happens.

Monday fishing report

June 18, 2018

The fishing out of Depoe Bay the past week or so unless you get to a spot with clear water and no bait has been tough. There is so much bait in the water but some of the folks who know say that it will go away. Can’t be soon enough for us. You go to some of the spots that always show fish and not that they always bite but they are there like its there home. These places are blanks right now as obviously the fish are following all the bait. Yesterday we were catching as many as you wanted 6-8 inch squids. They make great bait but they are not on any of our hooks. Had a decent catch today from our boats with maybe 3 rockfish around and one boat had quite a few nice Lingcod. Not crabbing right now as that also is pretty poor. Things will get better.

Sunday fishing roundup

June 17, 2018

Better fishing today but not totally for everyone. It was one of those fishing days where it was where you were fishing and depth seemed to make a difference. The word was from what was being said that the deeper you were the better the bite seemed to be. The good news of the day was that the Lingcod had a hungry day with quite a few of them on the filet table today. The bad news was that crabbing is still pretty much defined as poor.

Saturday fishing report

June 16, 2018

What a morning!! Our boats ventured 0ut to a minus tide wiggly bar crossing and returned to one of the toughest bar crossings in recent memory. It was really rough in there with the Coast Guard assisting all of us in crossing safely. Oh Yes…fishing with all of the wind and rough seas the past few days was very slow today.

Thursday fishing report

June 15, 2018

We had four boats out there on Thursday some had typical morning trips and one had a mid-morning departure. No matter what time we departed rockfish limits were caught on all of the boats but as it has been here for a while the Lingcod bite was slower certainly then what we would like it to be.

Wednesday fishing round-up

June 13, 2018

Two boats out today and we got out early as there was a pretty severe minus tide today around the -2.6 foot range. Hard for bigger boats to get out in that deep into a minus tide. We were rewarded for the early departure as the fish were finning about a mile north of the city and both our boats got into that and quickly limited out on the rockfish and they were almost all really nice sized ones. Heard that the fish bite after that was pretty slow. Spent a few more hours looking for Lingcod but found some but not a whole lot of them. The Lingcod bite as we have said here lately is a little slow but for sure it will pick up. Possibly having to do with so much bait in the water and also right now we are dealing with almost a 60 degree water temperature. One of the boats brought back in 18 crabs.

Tuesday fishing round up

June 12, 2018

Beautiful ocean this morning and the 6-pac boat home early with a limit of really nice sized rockfish but the Lingcod were off of the bite again today. They have been hard to come by the past week or so. May be too much bait in the water which has been out there now for close to two week now. The other boats were fishing up north off the Lincoln City reels and some of the radio chatter was that they were getting a decent bite up there as well.

Monday report

June 11, 2018

Two boats out and both had excellent catches will limits or near limits of rockfish with a little better Lingcod action this morning especially after a lull in caching them the last 4-5 days. Beautiful morning out there as well with only partly cloud skies with lots of sunshine and calm seas.

Sunday fishing report

June 10, 2018

It was a very wet Sunday out on the bottom fishing grounds with it seemed like rain squalls coming thru about every 20 minutes or so. Some of them were out and out downpours. Two boats out and both had very good rockfish trips with limits and or very close to limits. One of the boats even came home early with a boat limit. Not a real good Lingcod bite however which we have been seeing here the past several days.

Saturday fishing report

June 9, 2018

All of our boats were out this morning with the best loads of fish catchers we have had since early last fall as it looks like the summer season has begun even before summer actually arrives in about 11 days or so. Three of the boats ventured up north off the Lincoln City reefs where the other two stayed closer to home about a mile and a half or so to the north of the harbor. It sounded like the bite way up north was really good from what was heard and both of the boats closer to home limited early and were in by 10:15AM or so. The crabbing remains very slow from today’s early returns and the lingcod bite also is not up to par as it has been the past 3-4 days.

Friday fishing report

June 8, 2018

One boat out today and they fished about a mile or so to the north and limited on the rockfish but as it has been for a few days now not a whole lot of Lingcod on todays catch. Did not hear about any crabbing report today if they were fishing for them or not? The crabbing started out this year pretty good and has gone downhill almost to nothing about now. Kinda strange after 4-5 years of excellent crabbing years. Even stranger is that the commercial crabbers out in deeper water, some are having a banner year. That might mean that they will soon enter the more shallow water where we can get at them. Right now there might be more whales in the area then crabs.

Thursday fishing round-up

June 7, 2018

Two boats out today one fishing quite a ways up north and the other closer to home just north of the harbor. ?Both the boats it sounded like limited on the rockfish but very few Lingcod making there way to the filet table. ?Crabbing from the report sounds like it is still very slow.

Wednesday fishing report

June 6, 2018

Three boats out today and we all ventured out to the north outside of Lincoln City and found lots of fish but not many of them seemed to be biting. ?Just a tough day as maybe about 3 1/2 fish per person and also heard the crabbing was also slow again today. ?Possibly the reason was that there was a moderate swell out there which turned later in the morning into a growing swell where the outside waters reported 14-foot seas. ?It was not quite that big on the inside but it was certainly enough to make the Depoe Bay bar crossing interesting. ?Always crossing a rough bar in Depoe Bay a little scary but we all made it home safely.

Tough morning but good fishing Tuesday

June 5, 2018

We caught practically all of the rockfish we were allowed and the trip only lasted about half of the allotted time. ?Quite a few on the boat were under the ocean movement syndrome which attacks folks once in a while. ?It was a really nice ocean out there this morning but it was one of those days. ?Most of them kept fishing and we ended up coming home early but the totes had quite a few fish in them.

Monday fishing roundup

June 4, 2018

Two boats out today and all did well on the bottom fishing with a real good catch of Lingcod on boat vessels. ?The inshore Halibut on the first half of the trip did not get a flat one today. ?Did not hear the results of the crabbing but hopefully it was decent as it has been quite slow so far this spring on a whole.

Sunday fishing report

June 3, 2018

No matter where it was today onshore, offshore right next to the beach or crabbing all we heard was how rather slow the boat catching was today. ?We have those days just like every charter boat around does from time to time but thank goodness it does not happen all that often. ?The inshore halibut boat caught another really nice 45′ fish as you can see from the picture but at least it was a really nice day out there once again.

Saturday fishing round-up

June 2, 2018

The Saturday catching report was really good today with one of the boats talking on the radio about fishing in the mid-water as we call it out around 100+ feet or so. He had a good catch of rockfish but an even better catch of the Lingcod this morning. One of the boats limited on the rockfish and a few Lingcod plus the picture above shows the 48-49 inch Halibut they caught. WOW!!

Friday fishing round-up

June 1, 2018

Had a few boats out today one just bottom fishing and the other on an inshore Halibut trip. The inshore Halibut bite was fairly slow but the 2nd half of that trip the bottom fishing part actually turned out pretty good with close to a rockfish limit and a few Lingcod to boot. No report on the crabbing today. The ocean mid-week was forecasting wind and swell Friday thru Monday but the ocean today was simply beautiful with tomorrow forecasted to be better. Can’t see that as today will be hard to beat.

Inshore Halibut opens Friday, June 1st

May 31, 2018

Inshore Halibut opens up this weekend and we will see if the weather will be good enough to get out to where smaller boats that normally take these trips have to go to at least attempt to fish for Halibut. Quite a bit of wind the last 3-4 days which produced very choppy conditions especially late morning thru the rest of the day. The inshore season opens tomorrow, Friday June 1st and we have to fish inside the 40 fathom curve (240 feet). The neat thing about this fishery even though the catch is not normally close to the offshore catch but we also get to come back inside 30 fathoms and fish bottom fish, Lingcod and crab on the way home. Last year the inshore fishery was so slow that the season ended the end of October without getting close to the quota. The season before the season closed in early August. What will 2018 bring?

Free fishing this weekend

May 30, 2018

The best weekend of the year is coming up this upcoming weekend, June 2nd & 3rd as you can fish anywhere in the State of Oregon without a license legally. That means you do not have to buy any of the ODFW fishing licenses for any kind of fish you want to go out hunting for. At Tradewinds Depoe Bay you can go with us on bottom fishing trips and even have crab as a combo free of charge as far as the fishing licenses go. Give us a call and if you have not looked at the cost of fishing license is a great savings.

Tuesday morning fishing report

May 29, 2018

Had one boat out this morning and for those who fished the entire trip there catches at the end of the trip was very good but because of a ocean that was a little bouncy not everyone fished all of the time. The crabbing today was at the 1-per person mark.

Slower catching today

May 28, 2018

Had a decent ocean this morning as we prepare for a forecasted windy next 5-6 days and we worked hard to catch a decent catch but it was a slower day certainly then yesterday. No crabbing today as well.

Have a Great Memorial Day Holiday

May 27, 2018

Hope that your family as you meet together for your holiday destination that you also remember the women and men who have served our country over our country’s history.

Sunday fishing round-up

For the most part the boats out today which was all of them the fishing was excellent. The rockfish and the Lingcod were biting really well up off the Lincoln City reefs which was a welcome sigh of relief after 3-4 days of cold water and slower fishing. Three of the boats reported really good variety with Bass, Yellowtail, Vermillion, Sea trout & Canary rockfish making there way to the filet table. One boat reportedly one short of a Lingcod limit. Crabbing remains quite slow after a week of improved crabbing it seems that we are back to where it was before that.

Better fishing Saturday

May 26, 2018

After an off day yesterday on the catching the word was from what we heard was that the fishing was better then yesterday on a much improved ocean. One of the 6-pac boats came back with very close to a limit of fish but the crabbing on that boat was quite slow after a few weeks of improved crabbing. Lots of female crabs reported today.

Friday fishing report

May 25, 2018

Not to scare anyone off but today was one of those rare occurrences where the fish just for some reason did not bite. It was a very tough morning. Possibly the huge amounts of baby crabs in the water which the rockfish and other fish feed on when they are that small or could be the ocean temperature was down 6-7 degrees the past three days due to the heavier NW winds we have been having. On top of that the ocean was quite nautical (rough) this morning. The good news is tomorrow is another day and the ocean weather sounds much improved so lets catch some fish!!!

Wednesday fishing roundup

May 23, 2018

Had one boat out Wednesday morning and the report was a pretty good fishing day with some nice Lingcod making there way to the filet table with a good number of rockfish as well. No information on the crab count today and possibly there were no crabbers today. The ocean was different this morning with choppy conditions and a 6-foot swell. Sounds like the same for tomorrow and windy conditions for Friday with better weather coming for the weekend.

Tuesday fishing roundup

May 22, 2018

The word out on the waters Tuesday morning that fishing was really good despite the heavy current we have had to deal with the past 4-5 days. Currents above 1-knot have been common lately with today up in the 1-5 knot range at times. Makes things a little tougher. None-the-less our boats had good trips with limits of rockfish with a slight downfall in the Lingcod catch which you could relate to the heavy currents we talked about. Crabbing is slowly improving especially when our pots are able to be placed in the depth range around 80-foot which is somewhat deeper then we fish in the summer months. The scores today came home about 4-per person. Good day.

Beautiful ocean Monday and good fishing

Had two boats out Monday morning and both did really well with limits on the rockfish and there was great variety on both boats with some nice Canary and Back rockfish caught. Both boats averaged 1-Lingcod around (One big one) and the one boat crabbing harvested 3-crabs per person. Good day!!!

Nice Sunday fishing ocean

May 20, 2018

Had a nice ocean once again on Sunday but the current was still running at a fairly decent clip up around a knot+ or so. Sounded like all of the TW boats out this morning had decent catches with one boat bringing back in a limit of rockfish with some nice Lingcod as a bonus. Did not hear the result of the crabbing today but will pass along if we hear anything later in the day.

Interesting Saturday morning

May 19, 2018

Did not hear reports from all of the boats as all of our ships were out there loaded up this Saturday morning. Weird weather day with sunshine forecasted but we got something like fog, very cloudy and even something that might have been rain but might have been heavy mist. The fishing from what I heard was quite slow. Heard there were a nice number of Lingcod hitting the hooks (picture above) but the rockfish bite was not even close to average. The bright side of the day was one of our boats came home with 5-6 crabs per person which is a great improvement over what it has been. Inshore Halibut starts June 1st and one customer hoped it was today catching a very large Halibut and then had to endure the pain of seeing it thrown back in.

Warm water and minus tides

May 18, 2018

Had two boats out this morning and did not hear much but one of the boats had a total limit around the passengers including Lingcod in the totes. No report on the crabbing so hope maybe later in the day will have some more information on the happenings.

Fish still biting

May 7, 2018

Had one boat out today which was back in early with a limit of really nice sized rockfish that included lots of variety and color to the fish totes. The Lingcod bite this morning was a little slower then the past few days however.

Weather surprise this morning

May 6, 2018

Woke up to some pretty moderate rain showers this morning which was not in the forecast last evening. The harbor was also surprising with gusty winds around the docked boats and even more surprising was the choppy/windy conditions out on the ocean waters. No swell along with it which made it tolerable but still a pretty nautical morning although quite fishable. The boats were all catching fish but the word mid-morning was that the Lingcod bite was off some due to the heavy current we had this morning. Crabbing was also weird as on one boat for the 2nd consecutive day with every other pot having quite a few keepers in them (8-11) but the odd pots had 1 crab or nothing.

Saturday fishing report

May 5, 2018

All five vessels were out this morning and all of them had really good trips from the reports coming in. The larger boats all fished most of the morning in the more shallow water and caught limits or close to limits on the rockfish and all had a good number of Lingcod. One of the larger boars came in with the beautiful Vermillion rockfish in the picture above and this nice Lingcod at the bottom. One of the smaller vessels fished right out close to the 30-fathom line and limited on both Lingcod and rockfish and also came back with about 3+ crabs per person. That is certainly an improvement over the past month or so. Maybe they are beginning to move in closer to the beaches where we can get to them.

Lingcod and rockfish limits

May 4, 2018

Two big boats out today and both came home early with rockfish limits and one of the boats had a XL-Large group onboard and they brought in close to 40 Lingcod on there trip. WOW!!! On top of that “Beautiful Ocean” which will be here all weekend.

Thursday fishing round-up

May 3, 2018

Two boats out and both had really good trips with rockfish limits for all passengers onboard. One of the boats had 7-Lingcod for there 5-passengers to add to the total of fish. One boat crabbing had 3-per person which is a little better then it has been.

Tuesday fishing report

May 1, 2018

We did get out this morning but the wind which was suppose to go away stayed around and it was quite the choppy day out there. The fishing was not bad but certainly a heavy current and choppy conditions made things for the folks onboard a little tough. It sounds like beginning Thursday the winds will most certainly be down and the nice ocean fishing weather returns to the Central Oregon Coast.

Weather report update

April 30, 2018

The ocean today was somewhat choppy as we get thru a windy last few days but the long range forecast thru the weekend looks really good so it would be a good time to get down here for some great springtime fishing. We have trips going out tomorrow so anytime you can get down here you will find boats going out thru the weekend.

Sunday fishing report

April 29, 2018

One boat out this morning on a decent ocean but because of overnight wind it was choppy pretty much the whole morning. We got a limit of rockfish but only a few Lingcod hit the hooks this morning. Weather suppose to improve thru this week into next weekend as the forecast is showing in the long range forecast.

Good Number of Lingcod

All of our boats out this morning and not much information from the larger boats as they were all fishing together in on the shallows. We did hear that they were catching fish but not sure exactly what they ended up with nor any information about the crabbing Saturday morning. One of the smaller boats did limit out on the rockfish out in the deep water ad well as quite a good number of lingcod also hit the filet tables.

Slow at first-red hot later on

April 27, 2018

Our boats ventured up to the Lincoln City area reefs this morning and found lots of fish showing but hardly anything biting. One boat got a few Lingcod early and some deep water Yellowtail fish to bite but between the two boats we had about 15 fish total after a few hours. Then they both found different spots not far away from each other and the rockfish went on a non-stop bite until we had to tell the folks that we were limited out on the rockfish. The Black bass we caught today were really terrific sized ones also. Had some Quilback and Vermillion rockfish in the mix as well. The Lingcod bite was off today with only about 6-between the two vessels. Crabbing after a decent day yesterday was back to being quite slow this morning.

Thursday fishing round-up

April 26, 2018

The Lingcod fishing on Thursday was better then the rockfish catch as our boat this morning got a little over 1.5 Lingcod per rod and about 3.5 rockfish per rod. It was a pretty good day on a nice ocean but the best news at least for one day was the crabbing.
Four pots brought in about 15 keeper crabs which in the summer might not be all that great but as poor as crabbing has been this is a good sign hopefully.

Wednesday fishing round-up

A good fishing day today with very close to a limit on the rockfish and around 1-Lingcod for each passenger onboard. The weather and ocean conditions were good as they are suppose to be thru this Saturday. A chance of a few showers Friday thru the weekend but right now no heavy downpours forecasted and the ocean weather will be good thru Saturday they are reporting. We are holding up of a lot of crab trips as we are telling the folks that it is quite slow presently. We do have some coming up in the next few days so we will give you word after those trips are finished.

Monday fishing round-up

April 23, 2018

Had two boats out this morning and both boats found it to be a hard working day. The bite was off this morning where one boat was dealing with wind and a very heavy current up North and the other just found the reefs closer to home with fish but the non-biting variety. Both boats however had great crews who worked hard all trip. By the end of the trip they ended up with very decent catches. One boat had around 7-8 Lingcod’s and probably around 4-rockfish per person.

A few pic’s from Sunday fishing trips-crabbing still poor

April 22, 2018

Good Lingcod catch out there today. We did hear that the crabbing is still pretty poor between one and two per person. One thing for sure however, it will get better as summer gets closer.

Three boats out on Sunday

We had boats out on a moderately windy morning with a swell better then yesterday but still a little Nobby. Heard from only one boat and the report was that the fishing was really good with no more information provided. We did have two of the three boats crabbing and if anything comes down the pipe with more information we will let you know. Have not crabbed much the past few weeks due to ocean conditions and that crabbing has been pretty poor.
Sounds like a really sunshine filled week ahead with some rain in the forecast next weekend but that can all change quickly.

Too rough today

April 21, 2018

Woke up to a sunny morning but a 10-foot swell so we cancelled all of our fishing trips and rescheduled them for tomorrow or later dates.

Fishing really Good Friday morning

April 20, 2018

We had two boats out this morning and both came home with limits of rockfish and we had decent scores on the lingcod as well. One of the boats was up fishing the (legal) deeper water off Lincoln City and had at least one Lingcod per person. They Ling’s spawning routine might be over as they are coming to the hooks quite a bit slower then the past two months but still plenty of them out there. It just takes a little more time and effort to get yourselves some of the nice “toothy” critters. No crabbing today as it has been so slow that for the most part we telling customers that and hope that it begins to pick up soon.

Out there on Thursday

We finally got a fishing boat out this morning after two weeks of really bad ocean weather. The fishing was decent on the rockfish bite but the Lingcod bite was not very good today. The water temperature was ok but the water was very dark and cloudy which obviously has something to do with the ocean conditions churning up the bottom we have had lately. The water will clear up and the fishing will get better when it does.

Three days of nice weather

April 18, 2018

The forecast experts are predicting some nice weather on and off the ocean waters the next three days with sunshine, low winds and swell thru Friday. Surely after a long break due to bad weather the fish are out there hungry and ready to bite. Right now the weekend ocean weather looks unsettled at this time but that also can change.

Weather update

April 13, 2018

The forecast looks like it is getting somewhat better but you need to call the office about the weekend as it might be marginal as it looks now. Sometimes the NOAA forecast stays offshore and the inshore picture can be a lot different so keep in touch with the office staff for what they are thinking. We will do the same here.

2018 Inshore Halibut

April 11, 2018

The season will open June 1st thru October 31st seven days a week. The exception would be it will be closed on days when the offshore season is open and when the quota is reached.

2018 Ocean Salmon season announced

Sounds like a pretty good ocean Salmon season this summer. Recreational seasons on the central Oregon Coast (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) opened for Chinook on March 15 and will continue through October 31 without interruption. Coho seasons will have quotas of 35,000 adipose fin-clipped coho in the hatchery mark selective season from June 30 through September 3, and an additional 3,500 coho quota in the September non-selective coho season that will be open each Friday and Saturday beginning on September 7 and continue through the earlier of September 29 or quota. In October, the recreational season will be restricted to salmon fishing only inside of the 40 fathom management line. Call our office for summer and fall reservations.

Not a good forecast

For the 2nd straight week we have a rainy, windy and moderate seas forecasted it looks like thru next weekend. That can change however and we will keep any eye on it for you but right now it does not look very encouraging.

Two boats out Friday

April 7, 2018

We had two boats out Friday and both did very well with lots of rockfish caught and a very nice assortment of lingcod to go along with it. Crabbing remains very slow. Looks like a few days off here for the weekend with a major rain and wind storm approaches the area tonight. Monday sounds really good with another storm hitting the area Tuesday and Wednesday as it looks so far.

Weather on the Oregon Coast can be unpredictable

April 5, 2018

The weather forecast for the ocean waters off of the Depoe Bay Area is not very good for the next 3-4 days but strange things happen this time of year. So, keep up-to-date with us by looking at our reports as the days go on and we will let you know what to expect day to day. Today, Thursday is not a day you might want to come down to go fishing or whale watching.

Tuesday fishing round-up

April 3, 2018

Had three boats out today and all had excellent trips with lots of Lingcod and rockfish. Limit catches on the rockfish or close to it and limits on one boat for the lingcod and very close on the others. Crabbing remains slower still with about one crab per person average.o Some nice pictures on the Ling’s we caught today.

The wet weather is back

April 1, 2018

After a very nice Oregon spring break week the week ahead looks pretty “nautical” as we like to call it. Sounds like rain just about every day thru even the first part of the week following the upcoming one with periods of windy conditions and rough seas to boot. Tuesday of next week looks about the best day of the next week or so. Sometimes these weather reports do not pan out so better just to say that it will be a day to day call as to our activities. As spring gets in a little deeper we will see many more good days then bad ones. I did hear the groundhog did see his shadow!

Happy Easter Everyone from the Tradewinds staff

Have a great day together with your family

Good fishing Saturday

March 31, 2018

Had three boats up north on the inshore reefs and they all did really well on both rockfish and Lingcod. We also had one boat out in the deep water about 11 miles offshore in the 600 foot stuff and they came home with a limit of Lingcod (XL) and most of the really large rockfish we catch out there. Good day for all of our boats.

Another great ocean and terrific fishing

It has been a special week here on the coast for the Oregon Spring Break as the weather has been really good, the ocean even better and the fishing GREAT. Lots and lots of Lingcod with one boat reporting in today with his 20 passengers all getting a Lingcod limit as well as the crew. They were even throwing some back after limiting out. The Ling’s are biting better then the rockfish which is not uncommon but we are still getting them. Great time to come down and get some white meat fish for the freezer.

Thursday fishing report

March 30, 2018

Four boats out this morning and all came home with lots of fish for the passengers onboard. Getting the bad out of the way crabbing remains very slow right now as the places where we crab which is a large area north of Depoe Bay is covered right now with commercial crab pots and its like a mine field in there. Hard to find places where we are not dealing with that much competition. Anyhow, one of our boats came home with a limit of rockfish and Lingcod and the others did very well as well according to the reports reaching this computer keyboard. Much more nice weather it looks like clear thru next Tuesday.

Better day at least for most of it

March 27, 2018

Had a much better day as far as the fishing grounds as there was little if any rain or wind and the conditions were much better. The last hour of the trip the rain, wind and rising swell did return hoping it dissipates my tomorrow morning. Two boats caught lots of fish with one boat limiting on both Lingcod and rockfish. The other boat from reports had a really good catch as well. Had to deal with a heavy current up above 1.5 knots which lying still in the water thats moving you right along. Hard to fish the bottom on a day with current like that. Crabbing also picked up today with more crabs today by quite a bit then yesterday.

Windy and rainy Monday

March 26, 2018

It was a wet one out there today but our three boats had good fishing trips with two of them crossing the bar early to get there fish to the filet table. Mostly rockfish today as there was a very tough current out there this morning which made staying close to the bottom which is where a large majority of the Lingcod hang out very difficult. Crabbing remains slow as it has been now for 3-4 days.

Lots of boats fishing & lots of fish caught

March 25, 2018

We had our whole fleet on the bottom fishing grounds Sunday morning after a few rough ocean days tied to the docks and none of them disappointed. It was a good day for both Lingcod and rockfish with plenty of them caught as all the passengers onboard went home with plenty of take-home fish. Crabbing not real sure of as one boat reported 5 keepers in the 1st pot, the next three empty and the last had four keepers. Strange but that can be springtime crabbing. Tomorrow in the same spot could be a Bonanza.

Sunday looking good

March 23, 2018

At this hour it looks like we are looking at Sunday to be the next really nice day and that should continue into next week. Looking at very little wind and a small swell for Sunday.

Wednesday fishing report

March 22, 2018

One boat out today and they came back into port with limits for all 11 passengers onboard. That is both Lingcod and rockfish with some really nice Copper and Canary rockfish in the catch. Crabbing seems to be about the same for all of the boat operators now about 3-crabs per person. Looks like some nautical sounding weather headed our way the next two days with wind, growing swell and rain they are telling us. Sounds like improvement by Saturday.

Terrific fishing again today

March 20, 2018

Today was a little different then yesterday with the lingcod yesterday on a later in the morning bite but today they were on the feed right off the bat. One boat had his limit of them in two drifts where the other was not far behind truth be told. One of our boats was back in with a Lingcod & rockfish limit by 11am and had about three crabs per person. Another Good Day!!!

Late bite but a great ending to the trip

TW had a really good rockfish bite with some really big Canary rockfish going into the totes but we could not get the Lingcod to bite early into the 5-hr trip. But the final hour they just lit off and one boat ended up with two short of a limit on them. Good things sometimes happen late. Also we had between 5-6 crabs per person. Some nice pictures from the trip this morning. Good day!!

Inshore & offshore

March 18, 2018

Had several boats fishing inshore on the very popular fish and crab trips and did not get much information but what was heard was that it was a pretty successful trip with rockfish and Lingcod sitting in the totes at the filet tables. The offshore boat also had a good trip after a very tough beginning. Some of the really good places out there were swept empty and the fish machines were showing nothing on them.. Very unusual??? The weather out there was a few steps short of miserable as well. They came inshore a bit and they were fishing in only about 450 feet instead of 600 feet and we got only a few short of the Canary rockfish limits and these were the jumbo ones you basically only catch in deep water. We also got three-quarters of the lingcod limit and they were also jumbo’s.

Saturday Un-friendly waters

March 17, 2018

Got almost our whole fleet out this morning but the ocean waters had a nasty chop to it even though there was very little breeze at all and not much swell. Must have been some serious nasty conditions offshore to bring that inshore with it. Had pretty good fishing even with the choppy conditions and quite a good number of Lingcod caught and near rockfish limits on all boats reporting.

Thursday fishing report

March 15, 2018

After a few days off due to some windy-rainy conditions out on the ocean waters we got back out there Thursday with one boat and brought back home a limit of Lingcod and rockfish plus 3 crabs per person. Good day !!

Ocean Chinook Salmon Season

March 14, 2018

The planned ocean Chinook salmon (all-salmon-except coho) season will open as scheduled from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. from March 15 through April 30, 2018. The bag limit will be two salmon, except closed to retention of coho, with a minimum size of 24 for Chinook and a minimum size of 20 for steelhead.

Monday morning fishing report

March 12, 2018

Another really nice ocean and another really good fishing morning with the office reporting lots of Lingcod like the one pictured here and plenty of rockfish as well.
Sounds like some rain coming in overnight with some questionable seas for the next few days but this time of the year with the ocean weather improving you never know till morning.

Sunday fishing round-up

March 11, 2018

Another really nice pre-spring ocean outside of Depoe Bay & two of our boats were out there pulling in the Lingcod and rockfish. Heard that one boat had a early limit of Lingcod and quite a few rockfish to go along with it. No report on the crabbing thus far even though recently it has been coming back so far this spring with an average around three per person. We had one trip which it was a lot better but mostly around three in the rest of the trips. That will improve as we get further into spring and summer. Lots and lots of commercial crab boats out there right now with hundreds of crab pots pretty much in the same area our sport pots are.

Some of the many Lingcod caught by TW boats today

March 10, 2018

What a Saturday of fishing out of TW

It was a beautiful ocean with very little drift even though it was drifting in some weird directions but with the fish biting the way they were what did it matter. We had all of our boats out full today except for one which is on the final stages of some winter time maintenance. I heard some of the boats limited on everything (Lingcod and rockfish) and the others were so really close. The crabbing results was OK but this time of year nothing like it has been in the summer months. But still some nice full ones to take home for the dinner table.

Monday fantastic fishing

March 5, 2018

It was a great day not only for a great ocean to fish on but the fishing was also fantastic. A rockfish limit as well as a near Lingcod limit was what was heard from the boat. There was still fishing time remaining so we hope they got the final few Lingcod needed. The crab pot pulling was still to happen.

Sunday fishing report

Another nice ocean and another really good fishing day out on the water. We had a terrific catch of Lingcod and a really nice number and variety of rockfish to go along with it. The crabbing was 3-per person. Another trip going out this morning (Monday).

Good fishing Saturday morning

March 4, 2018

Got out on the ocean for some Saturday morning fishing after a week or so of bad weather and had a pretty good Lingcod catch and a nice catch of rockfish as well. The crabbing was just OK with 3-crabs for everyone participating. More trips going out Sunday morning and Monday morning.

Sportsman Shows coming up

February 25, 2018

Tradewinds will be at two sportsman shows next weekend, March 1st thru the 4th. We will be at the Central Oregon Sportsman Show in Redmond, Oregon and also at the Idaho Sportsman Show in Boise, Idaho. If you are in the area please stop by and say Hi.

Beat the weather & good fishing

February 23, 2018

We got out this morning and it looks like a good day to go not only because of some decent fishing and crabbing but the ocean weather thru at least next Wednesday looks rather nautical at best. Rain and heavy seas forecasted thru at least as far as the NOAA forecast is showing that being next Wednesday. Today however we got out with a great group on the Mariner and we got a bunch of Lingcod but the rockfish catch was a little slower but all got a few. Crabbing really picked up for us with over 60+ in the pots for the folks onboard to share. Good Day !!!

Nasty weather along the coast

February 18, 2018

Not quite time yet for winter to begin to turn towards spring as we have had some really nasty ocean weather the past few days which will continue for a few more days before settling down. It is great for folks to come to the coast and view the ocean fury but not good at all for fishing. For the most part the ocean outside of Depoe Bay is closed for boat travel and will remain so for a few more days. We will let you know when things begin to improve.

Saturday fishing round-up

February 11, 2018

Had another good day out on the water Saturday with a bunch of Lingcod hitting the filet tables and a nice assortment of rockfish to go along with the catch. Crabbing still remains a little on the slower side not uncommon for this time of year.

Good Friday of fishing

February 10, 2018

Another good day of fishing on the Mariner on Friday morning with a limit of really nice Lingcod hitting the filet tables and about two-thirds of all the rockfish in the totes as well. More trips for Saturday and Sunday going out so if you want some nice looking fish including those good tasting Lingcod give our office a call.

Lots of trips this weekend

February 9, 2018

We have fishing trips going out Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend so give us a call and get onboard. Lingcod fishing has been really good and the ocean weather sounds good.

1st trip of the year was a good one

February 4, 2018

We had a great first 2018 bottom fishing trip Saturday morning with the Mariner heading out to sea after a January which was full of bad winter weather. The trip finished up with a limit of great looking Lingcod, almost a rockfish limit but the crabbing was a bit on the slower side. The picture above shows a few of the really nice Lingcod caught this morning.

Fishing trips Friday and Saturday

January 31, 2018

We are working towards going out fishing for bottom fish and crabs (Lingcod too) on both Friday and Saturday of this week, February 2nd and 3rd. We have folks signed up already so if interested in some winter fishing trips give our office a call. It looks like good ocean weather both Friday and Saturday which is looking like will extend thru Monday. Finding nice days with the ocean weather cooperating in the winter sometimes are hard to find so give the office a call @ 541-765-2345 or you can reserve online off the Tradewinds reservation request link. If no answer when you call leave a message and we will call you back the next morning. We do have shortened office hours in the winter months but check messages early the next morning and in the evenings with online reservations.

2018 Salmon & Halibut

January 11, 2018

Some general information for Halibut and Salmon are available but the final season dates and regulations will not be ready for a few months. Halibut season and regulations normally come out some time in the later part of March and Salmon normally in and around mid-April. Based on past years however a good time to plan on Halibut would be the offshore Halibut opener in early to mid- May with additional weekends after that until the quota is reached. There is normally a summer season which has been beginning the 1st week of August. The inshore Halibut season which opens on days when the offshore Halibut fishery is closed has been a 7-day a week opening inside 40 fathoms on June 1st the past few years and has a quota.

Salmon normally has a summer opener sometime in late June and has a quota attached but normally runs thru July. The September season opens around September 1st and runs thru September or until the quota is reached. The summer season traditionally restricts only fish being retained that have a healed adipose fin attached where the September fishery has no restriction. Chinook have to be 24 inches in length and Coho 20 inches in length.

Deepwater Lingcod Trips

The deepwater “Big Lingcod” trips are those that can be run from October 1st thru March 31st. Those trips are subject to closures when Lingcod quotas are reached before the October opener. If the happens like it did this past fall the season would re-open January 1st like it is today. These trips are 6-hour trips out to the deep water reefs approximately 12-15 miles offshore from Depoe Bay and we fish close to 600 feet of water. The Lingcod caught are really nice sized fish between 15-30 pounds but you are hand cranking up from 600 feet. May not be for everyone. We also catch some really nice sized Canary rockfish at the same time. The trips are normally run on our 6-pack boat with heavy gear.

Offshore Mid-Water Fishery

The Offshore Midwater Fishery outside of the 40-fathom regulatory line is open January thru March and October thru December. An April thru September season will be dependent on federal regulation being adopted which has not happened as of yet.
The use of special longleader gear is required in the Offshore Midwater Fishery. The only species allowed in the longleader 10-fish bag limit are: yellowtail, widow, canary, redstripe, greenstriped, silvergray chilipepper and bocaccio rockfish. No other groundfish are allowed. If the longleader season is approved by the Feds April thru September offshore longleader trips CAN”T be combined with traditional bottomfish, flatfish, or halibut trips, and lingcod cant be retained.

2018 Bottom fishing & Crabbing

The 2018 season re-opened January 1st, 2018 with some new regulations to deal with. Crabbing remains the same at 12-male crabs per person per day. You are allowed 2-Lingcod per day that must be 22-inches in length. The rockfish limit for 2018 is 5-rockfish per angler so if you are lucky enough to limit on Lingcod and rockfish you will be taking home 7-fish total. You are also allowed 1-Cabezon after that season opens July 1st but that would be part of your 5-fish rockfish limit. Yelloweye rockfish are prohibited at all times in all waters.

2018 Free Fishing Weekends

There will be four (4) FREE FISHING WEEKENDS this year where you do not need Oregon fishing licenses in order to fish anywhere in Oregon. With the costs of licenses that keep going up these four dates might be a good target for our customers who want to go fishing with us in the ocean waters. A one day fishing license will be $21 in 2018 and a combo license if you are also crabbing will be $30.50. Anyone 12 years old or older must have a license to fish.

Those dates are:
February 17-18
June 2-3
September 1-2
November 23-24