Fishing Report

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

December 31, 2020

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

Other regulations (same as 2020)

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

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

December 29, 2020

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

Happy Holidays & New Years from Tradewinds Depoe Bay

December 14, 2020

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


ODFW adopts 2021 ground fish regualtions

December 11, 2020

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

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

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

From All Of Us @ Tradewinds Depoe Bay

November 22, 2020

Is this some good 2021 Salmon news from the ODFW?

September 29, 2020

Hopefully this resonates into a good season for us next year

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

The Fall Season Is Upon Us

September 20, 2020

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

September 20th fishing report

Fishing and Crabbing

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

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

Saturday September 19th fishing report

September 19, 2020


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

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

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

September 18th fishing report

September 18, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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


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

September 17th fishing report

September 17, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

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

September 16th fishing report

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

Fishing report September 15th

September 16, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

Friday September 11th special notice

September 11, 2020

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

Thursday September 10th special notice #2

September 10, 2020

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

We will update as we can.

Thursday September 10th special notice

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

Wednesday September 9th special notice

September 9, 2020

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

Tuesday September 8th salmon season notice

September 8, 2020

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

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

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

Tuesday September 8th special notice

Special notice to our customers:

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

Monday September 7th fishing report

Fishing and crabbing

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


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

Sunday September 6th fishing report

September 6, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

Saturday September 5th fishing report

September 5, 2020


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

Bottom fishing sand crabbing

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

September 4th fishing report

September 4, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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


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

September 3rd fishing report

September 3, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing…some bad ocean weather

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

Tuesday September 1st fishing report

September 1, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

August 31st fishing report

August 31, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

Sunday August 29th fishing report

August 29, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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


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

Friday August 28th fishing report

August 28, 2020

Fishing and crabbing

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

Wednesday August 27th fishing report

August 27, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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


ODFW news…… August 27th, 2020

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

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

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

Wednesday August 26th fishing report

August 26, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

Crabbing was also as it has been all summer excellent.

September salmon fishing update

September non-selective salmon season in September

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

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

Tuesday August 25th fishing report

August 25, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

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

Crabbing was by all reports very good once again.

Monday August 24th fishing report

August 24, 2020

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

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

Halibut & bottom fishing news from the ODFW

Lots of Halibut and deep water fishing available

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

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

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

Sunday August 23rd fishing report

August 23, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

Saturday August 22nd fishing report

August 22, 2020

Afternoon trips

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


Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

Friday August 21st fishing report

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

Bottomfish and all-depth halibut allowed together beginning September 1

August 21, 2020



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

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

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

Thursday August 20th fishing report

August 20, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

Wednesday August 19th fishing report

August 19, 2020

Bottom fishing and Crabbing

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

Tuesday August 18th fishing report

August 18, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

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

Monday August 17th fishing report

August 17, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

First Timers

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

August 16th fishing report

August 16, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

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


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

First of the day fishing report August 15th

August 15, 2020

Deeper water bottom fishing

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

Free Fishing Weekend

August 14, 2020

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

Friday August 14th fishing report

Bottom fishing & crabbing

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

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

Free Fishing Weekend

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

Thursday August 13th fishing report

August 13, 2020

Bottom fishing & crabbing

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


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

Wednesday August 12th fishing report

August 12, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

Tuesday August 11th fishing report

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

Free Fishing Weekend

August 10, 2020

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

Monday August 10th fishing report

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

Sunday August 9th fishing report

August 9, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

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


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

Saturday August 8th fishing report

August 8, 2020

Bottom fishing & crabbing

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


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

Friday August 7th fishing report

August 7, 2020

Bottom. fishing  and crabbing

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

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

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

Thursday August 6th fishing report


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

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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


Wednesday August 5th fishing report

August 5, 2020

Bottom fishing & crabbing

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


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

Deep water fishing

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


Tuesday August 4th fishing report

August 4, 2020


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


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

Bottom fishing & crabbing

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

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

Halibut trip on Thursday August 6th

August 3, 2020

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

Monday August 3rd fishing report

August fishing brings cool ocean conditions (Tuna)

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

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

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

Sunday August 2nd fishing report

August 2, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

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

Saturday August 1st fishing report

August 1, 2020


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


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


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

Bottom fishing & Crabbing

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

Crabbing spectacular !!


Friday July 31st fishing report

July 31, 2020


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


Still quite slow and not many fish being harvested

Bottom fishing and Crabbing

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

Thursday July 30th fishing report

July 30, 2020


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

Bottom fishing & crabbing

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

Wednesday July 29th report

July 29, 2020

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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

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

Monday & Tuesday fishing reports

Bottom fish and Crabbing

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

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

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


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

Sunday July 26th fishing report

July 27, 2020

Bottom fishing & crabbing

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

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

Saturday July 25th fishing report

July 25, 2020

Bottom fishing & Crabbing

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

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

Friday fishing report July 24th

Bottom fishing and crabbing

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


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


Wednesday July 22nd fishing report

July 22, 2020

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


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

Bottom fishing & crabbing

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

Tuesday early morning report July 21st

July 21, 2020

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

Bottom fishing and crab

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

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

Saturday July 18th fishing report

July 18, 2020

Bottom fishing

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


Again…. fabulous !!

Friday July 17th report


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


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

Bottom fishing & crabbing

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

Thursday July 16th fish report

July 16, 2020

ODFW Announcement

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

Bottom fishing

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


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


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

July 14th report

July 14, 2020

Ocean weather

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

Bottom fishing & crabbing

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


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

Monday July 13th report

July 13, 2020

Bottom fishing & Crabbing

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


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


Sunday July 12th fishing report

July 12, 2020

Ocean Weather

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

Bottom Fishing & crabbing

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


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

Saturday July 11th

July 11, 2020

Bottom fishing & Crabbing

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


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

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

July 10th fishing report

July 10, 2020


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


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

Bottom fish and crabbing

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



July 9th reports

Halibut trips going out Friday and Saturday morning.

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

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

Crabbing remains as good as it can get.



Wednesday July 8th fishing report

July 9, 2020

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

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

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


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

Monday July 6th whale report

July 6, 2020

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

Monday July 6th fishing report

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

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

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

Friday July 10th Halibut Trip

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

July 5th fishing report

July 5, 2020

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

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

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

July 4th Fishing Report

July 4, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

July 3, 2020

July 3rd fishing report

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

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

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

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

Thursday July 2nd fish report

July 2, 2020

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

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

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

Fishing report June 30th

July 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

Monday fishing report (6/29)

June 29, 2020

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

Sunday Fishing (6/28)

June 28, 2020

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

Saturday fishing report (6/27)

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

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

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

Thursday Fishing report (6/25)

June 26, 2020

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

Wednesday Fishing Report (6/24)

June 24, 2020

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

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

Tuesday fishing report (6/23)

June 23, 2020

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

Two openings added to Central Coast all-depth Halibut

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

Monday fishing report (6/19)

June 22, 2020

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

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

Crabbing again was excellent.

Sunday June 21st Fishing report

June 21, 2020

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

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

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

Saturday June 20th Fishing Report

June 20, 2020

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

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

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

Good Bottom Fishing Friday morning (6/19)

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

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

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

Thursday (6/18) fishing report

June 19, 2020

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

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

Mixed bag of results on our fishing trips this morning

June 17, 2020

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

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

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

No Fishing Tuesday Morning (6/16)

June 16, 2020

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

Halibut Saturday June 20th

June 14, 2020

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

Sunday Fishing Report

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

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

Halibut Limit Friday-Saturday Fishing Report (6/13)-Sunday Forecast…

June 13, 2020

Got a late report from the Friday adventure offshore that the Kadaho our Halibut boat limited out his passengers and crew and was home by 1pm in the afternoon…saw some of the carcasses in the totes and some looked like really nice sized fish.

The boats did really good today on a really trying ocean as the marine forecast folks really missed the mark on this one this morning. It was suppose to rain this morning but not as much as the stuff falling out of the skies in the morning hours. It was also very windy especially around the rain squalls with gusts over 20-knots and at times 6-foot of wind waves. Made at times for a interesting morning. But as they do in rougher waters the fish bit like fleas for the most part. No info today thus far on the crab counts

Tomorrow is forecasted to be 5-knots of wind, no rain and light swells in the forecast which should be beautiful. Parson me as I wait and see in the morning.

Interesting Bottom Fishing Friday (6/12)

June 12, 2020

The two boats reporting one did very well on the rockfish but only a few Lingcod on the decks today. Another limited on the Lingcod but had somewhat a difficult time on the rockfish. Crabbing was a little slower today then it was the past few trips with 2-3 per person.

Not much information today

June 11, 2020

Did not get much information down thru the info channels but we did see a couple buckets of just cleaned crab parts on the docks so we can say with almost certainty that the crabbing was good.

The ocean weather is really nice right now so a great time to come down and catch some fish and take home some crab. Bring rain gear however as some showery periods are in the forecast.

Wednesday Fishing Report (6/10)

Decent fishing but not great today after we got back out on the water after a rough seas day off on Tuesday. Close to limits on the rockfish counts but not as many Lingcod today as we had on Monday. The crabbing was good today with a 3-4 average for those participating.

Halibut on Friday (6/12)

June 9, 2020

We still have a few spot left for our Halibut trip on Friday June 12th. Give us a call and get on the trip with great weather in the forecast.

Ocean Weather Forecast

Today (Tuesday 6/9) is a miserable day at the coast (rain and wind) and not a boat in the harbor is and or will be moving. But as summer ocean weather goes tomorrow looks and forecasted to be nice and this will last at least thru the weekend. Come on down and go fishing with us.

Monday Fishing Report 6/8

Had excellent fishing this morning as the semi-rough oceans over the past few days gave way to certainly not perfect but a good fishing ocean. Limits on the rockfish with some nice Lingcod as well. We had 1-Lingcod average around this morning per person and a real good 62-crab pull for a 4-6 per person average. Good Day !!

Saturday Fishing Report

June 6, 2020

Another good day of fishing and crazy weather. Today we left the harbor in the morning with great ocean conditions only to have a few hours later heavy rain with windy conditions that made fishing a little difficult. Then the rains went away and the ocean calmed and it was nice again. This afternoon another cloud burst hit the area. Sounds like showery periods are in our forecast for the better part of next week but only one day looks a little “nautical” while the others look like good ocean weather. Most boats limited on the rockfish catch or came darn close with some Lingcod caught in a heavy current but not a great deal. Ocean crabbing sounds like again it was in the 2-4 per person range.

Friday fishing report

June 5, 2020

You better had been in the right spots this morning because it was a “hit or miss” morning. Some boats did really well and others not so well. The ocean weather this morning was not really close to a forecast we heard as with -2.1 minus tide and wind it made for tough fishing. But those who worked at it came home with a good catch and one boat had a good many Lingcod onboard. Crabbing was somewhere in the 2-4 range again depending on the boat.

New offshore Halibut date added

July 23-25, originally scheduled as a “back-up” opening in the Central Oregon Coast Subarea spring all-depth halibut season, has been added as a sixth “fixed” opening for this popular fishery, to replace the May 14-16 opening that was cancelled.  

Remaining scheduled spring all-depth openings are June 11-13, June 18-20, July 9-11, and July 23-25. These dates were scheduled based on public input earlier this year. Additional all-depth fishing days may be opened later in the spring or summer if quota remains.

2020 Spring/Summer Halibut Dates

June 4, 2020

Central Oregon Coast Subarea:

Spring All-Depth Season:    Opens May 21.  ODFW is delaying the opener by one week (from May 14 to May 21) to allow more time for ports, charters and other facilities to prepare for reopening, and to ensure fair and equitable access to halibut across the entire Central Coast Subarea.  ODFW has been working with local governments and ports to address COVID-19 concerns related to the all-depth halibut opener.  Once the season begins, it will be open on dates scheduled based on public input earlier this year: May 21-23, May 28-30, June 11-13, June 18-20, and July 9-11.  Additional all-depth fishing days may be opened later in the spring or summer if quota remains.          ​                Quota = 171,103 pounds.

Summer All-Depth Season:  Scheduled to open Aug 6-8, then every other Thurs, Fri and/or Sat until the earlier of quota attainment or Oct 31.                                          Quota = 67,898 

Thursday fishing report

A day suppose to be windy even in the morning hours turned out to be a nice morning With some of that wind showing up in the afternoon hours. The fishing was really good this morning again and was steady all morning long. Lots of Lingcod caught but just as yesterday being the same not many of them were take home models. Lots of “shorties” we had to return to grow up some. Crabbing was decent again today in the 2-3 range per person participating.

Good fishing on Wednesday

Had several boats out on Wednesday morning and the fishing was really good north up off the Lincoln City reefs. Both our our larger boats limited out on there rockfish and we caught a good number of Lingcod but had to throw back about half of them as they did not measure the required 22-inch length requirement. Crabbing was also good with a onboard average about 4-per person.

Lots of trips going out Thursday thru Sunday and the weather sounds good with some possible showery periods over the weekend.

Good fishing both Monday and Tuesday

June 2, 2020

Boats were catching limits on both days Monday and Tuesday of rockfish and quite a few Lingcod also caught out in deeper water. The crabbing has picked up with a Monday average around 3-per person and Tuesday even better at 4-5 per person. Beautiful weather should remain with us at least thru this Friday with possibly some showers over the weekend.

Beautiful ocean and good fishing Sunday

May 31, 2020

Two different stories for Sunday with the boats fishing inshore in more shallow waters limited out on the rockfish and after seeing that catch they were really nice BIG fish that were biting on the shallow waters reefs. Lingcod fishing was somewhat on the slower side with some caught on every boat.

The offshore or deeper water boats had a tougher time on the rockfish even though by the end of the 5-hour trip most of the rockfish were caught with lots of nice Canary rockfish with an appointment for the TW filet table. The Lingcod fishing in the deeper water over 200 feet was pretty good with quite a few finding the decks of the boats.

The crabbing today were told was pretty good in the shallow waters up off of Lincoln Beach. All around good day this morning with two more boats running afternoon trips as we are getting back into full swing. Sounds like nice weather is in store for us thru this next work week.

Bad weather-Back to work Sunday morning

May 30, 2020

After several days of stormy-windy weather we will be back on the water Sunday morning. It also looks like a nice week coming up as well so maybe some better late spring & pre-summer weather is upon us. We are open 7-days a week so give us a call for some exciting ocean fishing.

Monday morning fishing

May 27, 2020

First off NO boats out for TW this morning as the ocean was very windy with lots of whitecaps just about everywhere even though there was not much swell out there this morning.

On Monday we did have one boat out that limited on the rockfish species but the word from the deckhand only four keeper Lingcod were caught. Fishing is really good here in late spring and the longrange weather forecast calls for from next Sunday well into the next week some really beautiful ocean weather. Hope to see you then.

Memorial Day Remembrance

May 25, 2020

The annual Depoe Bay Fleet of Flowers was cancelled this year due to Covid-19 but one of our vessels took some folks out to remember loved ones and say thanks to the armed force of our country.

Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day is a sacred day in our country’s history and we honor all our military heroes, past and present and we hope that al of you will honor them on this very special day. It is also a great time to honor all of our health care workers across the country for their sacrifices especially in these past three months in protecting all of us. Have a great Memorial Day everyone.

More weekend Ling’s

May 24, 2020

Good catch on this boat !!

Sunday morning fishing report

Fishing this morning was like it has been the first two days of our re-opening with great catches of rockfish and some decent sized Ling cods as you can see in some of the pictures..

Saturday fishing round-up

A little better ocean this morning then we had on Day-1 Friday and the fish were on the bite with all three boats getting good catches of rockfish with limits for most of the passengers on the boats out this morning. Crabbing was better today then the previous day with around 2-per person with one boat doing really well with over 40-crabs in the pots. Lingcod fishing was OK but not a great deal of the legal variety caught today but one lucky guy in the picture above caught a really nice one.

Our first day is behind us

May 22, 2020

Had a good day out on the water for our first day back with limits of rockfish reported on one of our boats out this morning but only a handful of Lingcod hitting the filet tables. There were quite a few of them caught but most had to be thrown back in as they were undersized. That is not unusual this time of year as the Lingcod seem after spring to move out to deeper water at least the bigger ones anyhow. We did do some crabbing today and the numbers were a little over 2-per person. This the past few years is typical with the numbers getting better as we get more into the summer months and the crabs move into more shallow waters.

Crabbing off Depoe Bay open for non-residents May 20th

May 19, 2020

Recreational crabbing will reopen to non-residents tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20 along most of the Oregon coast. Recreational clamming along the entire coast will remain closed to non-residents for now. 

Non-resident license holders will be allowed to participate in crabbing in Oregon bays and estuaries, and in Oregon ocean areas, that are south of Cape Falcon. Ocean areas north of Cape Falcon, as well as the Columbia River, will remain closed to non-resident crabbing for now. 

Opening-Up Day-May 22nd Weather Outlook

May 18, 2020

We are anxiously looking forward to Tradewinds opening-up day this upcoming Friday, May 22nd. We are seeing a decent ocean weather day forecast for that opener with light winds and a 7-foot swell. Fishing should be good so give our office a call and make a reservation for Friday or over the weekend, May 23rd and 24th. Call our office for vessel availability as not all will be running the 1st weekend but will be online by June 1st. We will keep you up-to-date on the weather report as it gets closer. Let’s start catching some fish.

Tradewinds Depoe Bay Re-Opening Friday, the 22nd of May

May 15, 2020

 The poles are out and the hooks sharpened, as Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be returning to the waters on Friday May 22nd.  Of course lets hope for some good ocean weather.  We know the fish are awaiting our arrival on the waters outside the Depoe Bay harbor.  

The Governor of Oregon along with the Lincoln County officials have given us the go-ahead to re-open but there are some changes we are making on our vessels to assure your safety as well as the crew.  

  • All passengers will be required to have with them face coverings.  If you do not have one they will be for sale at our office on the day of your trip.  
  • There will be limited passengers on our boats to further insure your safety and meeting the social distancing requirements put forth by the State of Oregon.  
  • Tradewinds will be enforcing social distancing not only on our vessels but also on all of the grounds and facilities on Tradewinds property.   We appreciate all of our customers in helping us to insure everyone’s safety.  
  • Our cabins will be restricted so in case of inclement weather please bring rain gear and enough clothing to keep you comfortable.  
  • No beverages will be served on the vessels but you are more then welcome to bring your own beverages onboard the vessel.  
  • Out-of-state visitors are legal to purchase fishing licenses and fish in Oregon but are not allowed to crab as of this time.  
  • Anglers are required to have in possession Oregon fishing licenses and tags on arrival on the day of their trip..   Licenses can be purchased at sporting good stores, ODFW website or by using the ODFW app which is (myodfw).  
  • To limit contact and check-in as fast as possible prepayment is highly recommended at time of confirmation. (usually 48 hours prior to your departure.)
  • Anyone displaying any obvious symptoms may be refused service for everyone’s safety.

Boat operators will be working hard to keep their vessels as clean and as sanitary as possible before you load onto the vessel and during your trip. We here at Tradewinds are so glad to be back to work and we hope to have a great summer serving you. 

Tradewinds Depoe Bay Re-Opening

May 8, 2020

The State of Oregon has begun to put forth some information to the counties around Oregon and Tradewinds Depoe Bay is beginning to put together our business program for a successful and safe opening we hope will be coming soon.  That exact date of start-up is not known completely right now but we will be giving you that information on this website ASAP.  We are taking reservations for the summer so give our office a call to reserve your dates.  Rest assure, Tradewinds will be doing all that we can do to make sure that your fishing or whale watch trip is not only successful and exciting but also as safe as we possibly can keeping in mind the state and federal guidelines.  

2020 Halibut dates now available

The spring all-depth Pacific halibut sportfishing season in Oregon’s Central Coast Subarea (which includes ports from Port Orford to Garibaldi) will open May 21. 

Once the season begins, it will be open on dates scheduled based on public input earlier this year: May 21-23, May 28-31, June 11-13, June 18-20, and July 9-11. Additional all-depth fishing days may be opened later in the spring or summer if quota remains.

ODFW is delaying the opener by one week (from May 14 to May 21) to allow more time for ports, charters and other facilities to prepare for reopening, and to ensure fair and equitable access to halibut across the entire Central Coast Subarea. ODFW has been working with local governments and ports to address COVID-19 concerns related to the all-depth halibut opener. 

Many coastal communities remain concerned about a large influx of visitors while COVID-19 restrictions are still in effect. Anglers are asked to be mindful of the Governor’s Executive Order as well as coastal community concerns.

Salmon season regulations set for 2020 season

April 12, 2020

(Hopefully) this virus thing will let loose and we will have a good fishing season.  Below are the regulations for the Salmon season and they are quite restricted from last summer.

Recreational Chinook Salmon seasons on the central Oregon Coast from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. opened for Chinook Salmon on March 15 and will continue through October 31.

The hatchery mark selective Coho Salmon season from Cape Falcon to the Humbug Mt. will be open from June 27 through the earlier of August 16 or the quota of 22,000 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon.  There will be also be a much more limited non-selective Coho Salmon season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. in September.  This non-selective season will open on September 4 and be open each Friday and Saturday through the earlier of September 30 or the quota of 3,000 non mark selective Coho Salmon.  Coho minimum length of 16”.

Tradewinds COVID-19 update

April 1, 2020

To update our good friends of Tradewinds Depoe Bay out there we originally wrote that we would re-evaluate the situation on April 1st.  The company has decided that because of the state and national COVID-19 regulations that we will remain closed at least till May 1st.  We will re-evaluate at that time. Please stay home and be safe.

COVID-19: A message from Tradewinds Depoe Bay

March 21, 2020

To all our valued customers:

Due to the increasing concerns regarding COVID-19, beginning March 22nd, Tradewinds Charters of Depoe Bay has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend fishing and whale watching trips until April 1st. Tradewinds has been abiding by all recommendations from the State of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority, practicing social distancing, increased sanitization measures, and limiting groups of people to less than twenty. An example of the issues we are facing is that it is extremely difficult to aid customers with social distancing on whale watching excursions, especially when whales are sighted. Our office will remain open to take reservations for after April 1st.


Please take a deep breath, step back, and look at the bigger picture of what’s truly happening in the world around us. Fear, panic, and misinformation is being spread like wildfire through all platforms of the media, as well as our own government officials. Please remain calm, be compassionate, and maintain a sense of dignity. This pandemic is a very real and serious issue that needs to be addressed, and we hope that the virus is contained and eliminated as soon as possible. Common sense, washing your hands, and staying home if you’re exhibiting symptoms of illness should be the current norm. We believe the economic crisis will eclipse this pandemic in the near future. We urge everyone to remember that the pandemic will eventually end, but the consequences of this economic crisis will be long-lasting. Our nation will be dealing with critical supply shortages, food shortages, high unemployment, and families will be struggling economically to pay their bills.


In times such as these, we all need to come together within our communities. We have already seen companies in this industry blaming each other, and arguing over who’s “more” responsible or who’s doing the “right” thing. The truth is, none of us knows what the “right” thing to do is during this time. Our own government officials are telling us that the information they have on COVID-19 is primarily based on what little information is available, not research. It is important for all of us to come together, support each other the best we can during these difficult times, and remember that a healthy society and community is built on compassion and common sense.


The Harmon Family will re-evaluate this decision in the coming days, and will announce when fishing and whale watching trips will be resuming again. The Tradewinds Captains, Crew, and Staff all hope to get you out on the ocean very soon! In the meantime, we hope everyone out there stays healthy and safe.


Friday fishing report

No direct reports today from the boats out there but in listening to the radio the boats quite quickly loaded the boats with limits on the rockfish side but the captains were still up there till the end of the trip looking for Lingcod.  One captain was throwing quite a few “shorties” as we call them as the Lingcod have to be minimum 22-inches in length.  Crabbing was decent on some botas and only fair on others.

Thursday fishing report

March 19, 2020

Another terrific day on the bottom fishing reefs and to make it even better the weather was beautiful.  All of our boats out today came home with limits and some really nice Lingcod to boot.  A few pictures we are posting as well.  One was a beautiful Vermillion rockfish and it was quite the specimen as well along with a picture of the filet table of a portion of the fish we caught on todays trips.

Tuesday fishing report

March 17, 2020

Terrific fishing today on a really nice sunny day but the ocean was getting a push from offshore which made the boating a little on the uncomfortable side once a while.  Most of the time it was just fine but a large swell would run under the boat here and there.  Thats the somewhat negative news but the good or even great news was the fishing.  The boat out today for us had limits of both Lingcod and rockfish and there were some really “Big Boys” on the Lingcod side.

Good day !!!

Great weather but even better fishing

March 16, 2020

Blue skies and calm seas for the most part today but it was an aggressive bite up on the northern reefs around the Depoe Bay area with all folks onboard getting to take home a limit of rockfish and there were also 26 Lingcod which hit the filet tables as well.  The crabbing was decent also today with 45 crabs for the folks participating and they were in great shape full of delicious crab meat.  one of the “cod” were very large and would notify in the totes so they had to be put in the bench bins like one of the pictures shows.  

Friday March 13th fishing report

March 13, 2020

Spring must be just about here as the weather is better and better and the fishing is better and better.  Today’s trip saw “Friday the 13th” no where in sight as we brought home a limit of rockfish and they were of terrific grade which made it even better.  There were also 36 Lingcod on the boat as the picture on this page shows many of them.  The ocean was nice and it sounds like a nice weather 2nd half of the weekend with even nicer weather into the first part of next week.  No crabbing today but we have been getting about two per person on previous trips.

It’s Spring and the fish are biting

March 10, 2020

In a week or so we will be opening up the website fishing and whale watch reports on a daily basis so get all of your fishing and whale watch news right here for a perfectly honest report on the goings-on as the 2020 season is upon us.

We have bottom trip reports for the last few days as we finally have had some good weather and have gotten out the past three days.  Sunday was slower fishing but we had a really good bite the last hour and a half or so which made for a decent trip with quite a few Lingcod on the filet tables.

On Monday our best day of the three was a real good rockfish bite with limits for all and 24-Lingcod on the hooks and into the boat.

Today (Tuesday) we had a terrific early morning bite with limits on the rockfish on the boat by 8:30am but the Lingcod bite today was just OK but not as good as Sunday or Monday.  Really good weather folks for the rest of this week with a possible” hiccup” for Saturday.

Really good weather as we get closer to Spring so time to get your Spring rockfish & Lingcod filets into the freezer. Give our office a call @ 541-765-2345 and make a reservation.

Central Oregon Sportsman Show

The Central Oregon Sportsman Show is coming up this week for all of you folks over there in the Central Oregon area and we hope to see you all there this Thursday thru Sunday, March 12-15 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be there with coupons and lots of information about fishing and whale watching.  Drop by and say hello.

2020 Ocean Chinook Season

March 8, 2020

The planned ocean Chinook salmon (all-salmon-except coho) season will open as scheduled from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. on March 15, 2020.  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.

Idaho Sportsman Show

March 2, 2020

The Idaho Sportsman Show is coming up this week for all of you folks over there in the Idaho area and we hope to see you all there this Thursday thru Sunday, March 5-8 at the Expo Center in Boise, Idaho. Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be there with coupons and lots of information about fishing and whale watching.  Drop by and say hello.

Pre-season Salmon meeting

February 26, 2020

Remember this Thursday, February 27th at the Newport Hallmark Resort beginning at 10am you will be able to see a review of the 2019 Salmon season along with 2020 Salmon forecasts along with public opinion time to discuss these items.  There will a also be information presented by the ODFW  on the possible options for this summer season.  There will be a lunch break between 12-1:15pm and the meeting will conclude by 3:30pm.

Good fishing Thursday

February 21, 2020

As we told you on our last post the Lingcod are in on the shallow water reefs and they are biting.  Take look at one of the nice ones and there were quite a few of them landed on our fishing trip this morning.  Very close to limits all around today.

Fishing this coming Saturday morning

February 20, 2020

Hey folks…looks like some decent weather for this coming Saturday, February 22nd as we have a good number of folks interested in some late winter bottom fishing.  Remember, this is the very best time of the entire year to get those really nice sized Lingcod as they are in the spawning cycle and are in on the more shallow reefs.  Give our office a call at 541-765-2345 and talk to the folks there to get your name or your group on the lists.  Should be good fishing with some partly sunny weather forecasted with highs in the 50’s.  Hope to see you this weekend.

2020 ODFW Staff Halibut Season Recommendations

February 19, 2020

The following after the IPHC meeting a few days back the ODFW has posted the following dates for the upcoming 2020 offshore / nearshore Halibut dates.  The ODFW still has to finalize these dates on April 17th @ there next meeting but you might start making your reservations with us here at Tradewinds Depoe Bay for the season.  

Central Oregon Coast Subarea 2A

Spring All-Depth Season

  • Fixed Dates:  May 14-16; May 21-23; May 28-30; June 11-13; June 18-20, and July 9-11.
  • Back-up Dates (available if quota remains):  July 23-25.
  • Quota = 171,103 pounds.

Summer All-Depth Season:  Opens Aug 6-8, then every other Thurs, Fri and/or Sat until the earlier of quota attainment or Oct 31. A new trigger is now in place that allows for 3-day all-depth halibut weekend(s) during the summer season, as long as the quota is greater than 60,000 pounds. Initial quota = 67,898 pounds. Any overage taken during the Spring All-Depth fishery will lower the Summer All-Depth available quota.

Nearshore:  Opens May 1, seven days per week, inside the 40-fathom line, through the earlier of quota attainment or Oct 31. A new trigger is now in place that allows the nearshore season to begin on May 1 instead of June 1 when the initial quota is greater than 25,000 pounds. Quota = 32,591 pounds.

Reminder for Halibut meeting

February 10, 2020

Feb. 12th Public Meeting in Newport OR for the Central Coast spring recreational all-depth halibut season

ODFW will host its annual pre-season halibut meeting on Wednesday, February 12th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the ODFW Marine Resources Program Conference Room, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport.

An overview of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Annual Meeting and the resulting quota will be presented by staff at the meeting, followed by discussion and public input on the timing of “fixed” and “back-up” dates for the Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) spring all-depth halibut season for 2020. The IPHC Annual Meeting will take place in Anchorage, Feb. 3rd – 7th.

Portland Sportsman Show

February 4, 2020

The Portland Sportsman Show opens this Wednesday, February 5th and runs thru Sunday, February 9th at the Portland Expo Center.  Show times are Wednesday thru Friday 11am till 8pm, Saturday 10am till 8pm and Sunday 10am till 6pm.  Tradewinds Depoe Bay and the whole gang will be there to answer your questions with some discount coupons and 2020 fishing information.Please drop by the booth and say Hi.

Central Coast spring recreational all-depth halibut season info

January 30, 2020


ODFW will host its annual pre-season halibut meeting on Monday, February 12th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the ODFW Marine Resources Program Conference Room, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport.

An overview of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Annual Meeting and the resulting quota will be presented by staff at the meeting, followed by discussion and public input on the timing of “fixed” and “back-up” dates for the Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) spring all-depth halibut season for 2020. The IPHC Annual Meeting will take place in Anchorage, Feb. 3rd – 7th.

Upcoming 2020 Salmon meetings

January 2, 2020

If any of you folks are interested in upcoming state and federal salmon meeting for the upcoming 2020 Oregon Coast Salmon pre-season  meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2020.

The 2020 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) will take a first look at the 2020 salmon forecasts, and develop a set of Oregon preferred recreational and commercial ocean salmon season concepts via public input to take forward through the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) regulation setting process. The OSIG meeting will be held at the Hallmark Resort, 744 SW Elizabeth Street, Newport, OR.  Doors open at 9:30 AM at the Hallmark Resort’s Salon Room (downstairs) with presentations scheduled to start at 10:00 AM and conclude by 3:30 PM

The first of the two salmon season setting meetings by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma in Rohnert Park, California (One DoubleTree Drive, Rohnert Park, CA) from March 3-9. This first PFMC meeting in Rohnert Park will establish a range of alternatives for further review. The final season setting meeting will occur at the Hilton Vancouver Washington (301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA) from April 3-10.