Fishing Report

2022 Recreational Bottomfish Fishery Finalized

December 14, 2021


Last Friday (Dec 17) the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission finalized the 2022 recreational bottomfish fishery regulations.  Most regulations will be the same as in 2021, except:

  • The daily general marine fish bag limit will be 5 fish per person per day
    • Out of that 5 fish, no more than 1 may be a China or a copper rockfish
    • Out of that 5 fish, no more than 1 may be cabezon, which opens July 1
  • Retention of quilback rockfish will be prohibited
    • The 2021 stock assessment indicated that the stock is healthy, but the overall population is smaller than previously thought. Therefore, to reduce mortality to keep the stock healthy retention will be prohibited in recreational and commercial fisheries off of Oregon beginning in 2022.
  • The 40-fathom depth restriction will only be in place for July and August, one month less than in 2021. All Depth January through June and September through December.

We’re getting ready for 2022

October 28, 2021

Our reservation system is now ready for your 2022 bookings.  If you have to make plans already for next summer we are ready to assist you.

Thank you so much Tradewinds customers

October 14, 2021

The Tradewinds family would like to thank all of our amazing customers for a great season! Starting Monday, October 18th, we will be closing our office in order to get started on upgrading our facilities.  Exciting new things will be coming for 2022! You will still be able to reach the office with any questions, however we will be on limited winter hours and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  

Once again thanks to all of our great customers for joining us this season we had so much fun taking you out and making great memories.  We look forward to your next visit. Please take care and be safe.

ODFW is seeking input on proposed changes for the 2022 sport halibut

October 13, 2021

ODFW will host a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm to gather public input on the recreational halibut regulations for 2022.  Three proposed changes for the 2022 sport Pacific halibut season will be considered by the Pacific Fishery Management Council in November. These are:

  1. Allow groundfish retention on all all-depth dates in the Central Oregon Coast and Columbia River Subareas
  2. Central Oregon Coast all-depth open seven days per week in May and/or September after Labor Day (currently just Thursday – Saturday)
  3. Daily bag limit (option to increase from 1 to 2 fish prior to Labor Day)

Saturday morning/afternoon fishing news

October 9, 2021

Morning news

Today we will be on our third day of good ocean conditions.  After close to ten days of bad weather it has been nice to get back on the water again.  It may be short lived as it appears we have another system coming in beginning tonight which might last thru the first part of next week.

Afternoon news

The fishing has been quite decent the past three days we have been able to get out (Thursday thru Saturday) with the boats out there coming home with three quarters of a boat limit on all three days. The picture to the right shows some of the beautiful fish caught on our Saturday trip.  The crabbing has slowed some with the average around the 3+ per customer participating.

It appears from the information we’re looking at that we might be off the water thru Thursday of next week due to ocean weather with trips looking more likely by Friday into the weekend.  Keep in touch with our office for the up-to-the-minute information.


Ocean weather update for fishing trips

October 5, 2021

This Thursday thru Saturday looks to be really nice conditions with 6-foot swells and below.  The fish have to be hungry after all of this bad weather so give our office a call or sign up online for some really good fall bottom fishing.  Crabbing is still open and will be until October 15th.  The crabbing season closes October 16th thru November 30th.

Sunday weather update

October 3, 2021

Certainly not a real good day today and Monday from the forecast looks questionable at best but things look like they are beginning to  get better by Tuesday morning. Contact our office directly for more information on fishing trips we have planned for the week.

Saturday fishing report and weather forecasts

October 2, 2021

Did not get out today and everything is cancelled again for tomorrow as we just can’t seem to get away from this ocean weather that has stayed with us now for an entire week.  Things do look better next week especially as we get into the week a few days.  Stay in touch with our office as they will be able to give you the best forecast looking forward and what we are planning.

Fishing and weather report for tomorrow Saturday, October 2nd

October 1, 2021

The ending of the 2021 salmon season came and went without us being able to wet a line the last four days of the season which ended yesterday.  Heavy swells have been the order of the day since last Sunday.  We are very hopeful to get out tomorrow (Saturday) as it looks like the weather will cooperate for us on that day.  We are definitely into the fall ocean weather cycles.

Wednesday September 29th fishing report

September 29, 2021

We are hopeful as we watch the ocean come down after 3-days of very rough conditions that we will be able to get out Thursday morning.  Keep in touch with our office on conditions and availability.

Remember beside bottom fishing tomorrow is the final day of the 2021 salmon season.  

Sunday September 26th & 27t fishing report

September 27, 2021

Ocean Weather Alert (Monday September 27th AM)

We expect the present adverse ocean conditions to continue at least thru Wednesday with the forecasts we are seeing after that now appearing to be unclear. We have cancelled all of our ocean activities thru Wednesday, September 29th.

Bottom Fishing

The bottom fishing grounds the past two days have been really good with limits or awfully close to limits on all of our boats out on the reefs fishing for the rockfish and the Lingcod.  As you can see from the picture off one of our vessels we got some really nice rockfish and there were quite a few Lingcod in the fish totes as well


As we are fast approaching the end of this historic 2021 salmon season we had another really great day today.  Both of our salmon boats today did exceptionally well with one boat limiting with an hour left in the trip with 38-beautiful salmon and the other boat came home with 26-salmon and only two short of a limit.  Yesterday catch (Saturday) was a little over 1- per rod on all of our salmon boats out there.  The September salmon fishery in the past has always been pretty good the first weekend but then it tapered off quite quickly after that first three day weekend.  This September however it has been an extension of that great summer salmon fishery we completed in August with salmon still out here in front of the Depoe Bay Area .

Friday morning September 24th fishing report

September 24, 2021


Ocean Weather Update

The fall season is upon us and that means adverse weather more often effects our area.  There is a big swell warning with moderate winds forecasted from Monday thru Wednesday.  We are not taking bookings for those three days next week but are taking beginning next Thursday which happens to be the last salmon day of the season.


In a salmon season which probably can’t be compared to past seasons the fish are still out there in good numbers.  The Mr Max came back just two fish short of a boat limit and “BOY”, are they nice fish.(Some great salmon pictures We still have 6-more days of salmon fishing to the 2021 closing date of September 30th.  We have six spots left for Sunday morning so give us a call with good weather forecasted thru the weekend.

Bottom Fishing

Really good fishing this morning with two boats out there and one limited out on the rockfish and the other came up just short with around 80% of the boat limit.  Lingcod catch a little slow but we do have some nice ones going to the filet tables. Crabbing remains fairly strong down a little from past weeks but still very much worth the dollar when you look at the price they cost in the stores.

Thursday fishing report

We had several boats out bottom fishing on Thursday and the rockfish bite was very good but not a very good collection of Lingcod on this day.  Crabbing still remains good but appears as it does in the early fall to be slightly tapering off.

Tuesday Morning September 21st

September 21, 2021


We had good fishing Tuesday morning with close to limits on the rockfish and the crabbing remains very good.


We cancelled all trips today (Wednesday) with a growing swell forced our skippers to call the trip before they ever began.  It was not safe out there early this morning  and fishing usually is not very good on days with lager swells..

The ocean weather looks good however  thru next Monday so a good time to book a trips and try for those last few chances to catch a salmon.



Friday September 17th fishing report

September 17, 2021

Bottom fishing

Three of our four boats out this morning had terrific trips and were home an hour early with limit catches. No official information on the crabbing but it has been so good lately I think it would be safe to assume that it was really good also.


The catching seems to be slowing down as these salmon in our area seem to be moving north to get ready to run the rivers up north.  One of our vessels brought home six really healthy looking salmon for some lucky customers.  There are still reports of fish moving up thru our area from the south so the salmon catch might improve quite a bit if you’re here on the right day.  Remember the season is open daily till September 30th.  

Weekend – Monday fishing information

The storm they have been predicting for almost a week now is finally going to arrive tonight with wind, rain and growing seas.  It looks lie we have sun things down thru Monday as Tuesday is looking like the next day things might be settling down.

Remember not only do we have bottom fishing and crabbing going on but the salmon fishing will be open thru the end of the month, September 30th. Keep in touch with us thru our office directly or we will be posting updates on our website as we receive them.

Thursday September 16th fishing report

September 16, 2021

Terrific fishing this morning with our one vessel out today got a total limit of rockfish but there was not a report on the Lingcod catch.  The crabbing was also very good with the boat bringing home 90-crabs for the folks onboard participating.

Looks like we will get Fridays’ schedule in as we have quite a few boats going out as the fishermen are seeing the quite large storm approaching the coast Friday evening with gale force winds.  Sounds like it might effect us getting out thru the weekend.

Non-selective salon quota update

Our area caught a little over 6,000 salmon this past weekend and the roll-up got our area an additional 6,000 fish approximately. Right now we have caught right around 30% of the quota which includes the roll-up.  The folks at the ODFW now has opened the season starting this Friday, September 17th every day till the 30th of September or until the remaining quota is caught.

The official ODFW release is written below:

Non-selective Coho Season: Open Sept. 10-12, and Sept. 17 through the earlier of Sept. 30 or the quota of 20,230 coho. Bag Limit: Two salmon per day. Minimum lengths: Coho – 16″; Chinook – 24″; steelhead – 20″; and no min. length for pink, sockeye, or chum salmon in ocean fishery. Open dates may be modified in-season.

Fall and Winter fishing reports

September 15, 2021

We have entered the fall season and we will be running fishing trips when the weather is good and we have enough folks wanting to go.  There are still two more three day openings in September for salmon fishing on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.  Of course we will also have bottom fishing and crabbing for you daily.  Sounds like the weather will be really good thru the remainder of this work week but the weekend looks like the first significant storm will hit the area since last spring. We will update the sight when we have fishing reports and information for you.  It was a great summer of fishing and that you for your support and business.

Monday September 13th fishing report

September 13, 2021

Bottom fishing was only fair today with a few Lingcod in the mix along with a good number of Lingcod.  Crab. pots picked up on the way home had quite a few crabs in them to share with the participants on board.

Sunday September 12th fishing report

September 12, 2021

All fishing trips for this morning have been cancelled due to rough ocean conditions.  At this writing we hav a 9-10 foot swell with moderate winds out on the ocean waters.

Saturday September 11th fishing report

September 11, 2021

The salmon fishing was just ok this morning but we have no exact totals for you.  We did hear over the radio what they were fighting were the huge jellyfish out there and lots of mackerel biting hooks.  Not a lot of take home fish caught but lots of action and we heard quite a few fish lost reeling them into the boat.

Bottom fishing was good both on the shallow water reefs and the outside deeper water reefs. One of our boats limited the boat on rockfish and was only one Lingcod short of a limit on those critters.  The captain said that they had to sort thru 30+underized Lingcod which tells us that the population of the younger guys is really good one might think.

Friday September 10th fishing report

September 10, 2021


The reports that we heard was that salmon fishing was quite slow this morning with not that many fish caught.  The action was also slow with the ocean seemingly a little dead this morning with not many birds working the water or anything.  Its only the first day of the September fishery and we did hear that boats off of Waldport had good action down there.  Those fish will be moving thru our area here pretty soon.

Bottom fishing

No reports thus far on the bottom fishery from the boats up north but we did have one boat that fished locally and limited out on rockfish and was home an hour and a half early.


Crabbing was also very good this morning with not a whole lot of information but the word was it was good.

Thursday September 9th fishing report

September 9, 2021


The September salmon season is here and opens tomorrow morning.  Should be a crowded day in Depoe Bay with hopefully lots of fish to catch and almost perfect weather (excluding the fog).

Bottom fishing

It was the kind of ay we have been looking for for around ten days now with good fishing in the shallow water and in the deep water.  Limits or close to l limits for all the passengers on our boats this morning. There were some Lingcod caught but a slower day on those guys.


Excellent day in pulling up the crab pots as a lot of the females we have been throwing back the past week have left and nothing but nice big males to take home.

Wednesday September 8th fishing report

September 8, 2021

Only one boat out this morning for TW and it was very slow fishing for the first three hours. Then the fish woke up and the next hour was really good fishing with Lingcod, deep water black bass and lots of really nice sized Canary rockfish.  Will call them deep water Black rockfish because you don’t ordinarily find good numbers of them out in the 170-foot range but they were today.  Go figure??  Crabbing was also really good with around 6-per person participating.

Sounds like really good weather coming up with the start of the second salmon season of the year beginning Friday morning.  There might be  a little swell however headed to the area for Sunday and we will keep a eye on that for you.

The latest on the non-mark selective Coho salmon season opening Friday

A non-mark selective coho season for Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. is scheduled to be open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning on September 10 and continuing through the earlier of the non-mark selective coho quota of 14,000 coho or the end of September. An estimated 51,724 coho were left on the summer quota.

Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers have requested that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) calculate the number of fish that could be rolled forward on an “impact neutral” basis from the remaining summer fishery quota to the September non-mark selective fishery quota. “Impact neutral” means that the conversion of quota from the summer season to the September season will not result in increased impacts on any Endangered Species Act listed coho stock or any other stocks of management concern when compared to the preseason expectations. This calculation indicates that no more than 6,230 coho could be added to the non-mark selective coho salmon season and stay “impact neutral” on all coho stocks of management concern.

A conference call is scheduled with NMFS for September 14 to formalize the “roll-over” calculation. On that call, ODFW will have the opportunity to request that all or a portion of the available “roll-over” be added to the September non-mark selective coho season. A preliminary estimate of the harvest from the first 3-day opening in September will be presented during the call which may warrant further adjustments to the fishery, such as, adding additional open days per week or scheduling an earlier ending date if needed.

September 7th daily fishing report

September 7, 2021

It was a strange site up off the Lincoln City reefs this morning as every boat up there fishing this morning were out on the outside deeper water reefs.  For the most part the big boats in the charter fleet almost always fish the shallow water reefs in 40-100 feet of water.  For whatever reason the fish inside the past few days have not been biting much at all and today it was interesting to see many of the big boats out fishing in 150-200 feet of water.  Others were further inside in around 120 feet of water.

Fishing in the deep water was pretty good with one vessel reporting close to one Lingcod around and about 80% of the rockfish also in the fishing totes.  It was a slower bite out there than the past few days but not as many of the throw back fish we see in the deeper water.

Crabbing today after 3-4 days of below average crabbing and finding lots of female throw back cabs today it was fantastic.  The average was somewhere north of 7 per-person.

Monday September 6th fishing report

September 6, 2021

On this Labor Day and after the big swell that hit the Depoe Bay area yesterday afternoon and overnight the fishing was pretty slow with around 3-4 fish per person this morning.  The crabbing which has dropped off some in the past half week came in today around 3-crabs per person on the boat participating in the crabbing.

Have a good Holiday

September 5, 2021

We do have two boats (Mr Max & the Kadaho) going out in the morning on bottom fishing and crab trips and we do have some openings on either boat.  There is still time to give our office a call and hop onboard or just show up as a walk-up.  See ya in the morning and Happy Labor Day.  

September 5th fishing report

Fall is upon us and in September it seems every year things are a little different especially on the bottom fishing reefs.  All of the big boats reporting found fishing inside in the shallows really slow this morning so they did exactly what good skippers do they ventured out into the deeper water. Even though it was still a little slow out there they did have some pretty good snaps and brought home some nice looking fish.  All in all Lingcod fishing was slower today but the deeper you went to find fish the better it was.  The Canary’s and Yellowtail rockfish were really on the bite this morning in water over 170-feet deep.  The problem out there was you had to sort thru countless small fish to get to bringing home some respectful sized rockfish for the folks onboard.  Then there was the as it seemed never ending China, Copper and Quilback rockfish which we cannot keep anymore in 2021.  Some of these fish are really nice sized fish also and back in the water they go.  To top off the morning even the crabbing this morning was a bit slower than it has been.   Fall is upon us and tomorrow might be a totally different story.  Happy Labor Day everyone.

Saturday September 4th fishing report

September 4, 2021

A really good day of fishing Saturday morning with every boat in our fleet was out there possibly the last big day of the summer as things seem to slow down right after Labor Day.  There will be a few good days coming up with the salmon season opening back up next Friday hopefully for a 3-week run on Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s.  

For today it was all about bottom fishing with questionably the nicest ocean day of the summer if not the year. The ocean was absolutely flat with no wind, warm  and lots of sunshine out there.  The deeper water boat caught lots of rockfish mostly Canary’s along with a good number of lingcod.  The shallow water boats also saw an increase in the rockfish bite along with some great looking Lingcod as you can see in the pictures included.

Crabbing was also excellent with a little bit of a guess averaging 5-8 crabs per person after they were divided up.

Friday August 3rd fishing report

September 3, 2021

Only one report this morning and that was from one of our boats fishing out in the deep water off the Lincoln City Reefs about 6-7 miles north of the Depoe Bay harbor.  It was terrific fishing as after only about an hour we had over half of the Lingcod and about 10 rockfish (Canary’s) to start off the trip.  Then the same thing happened from a previous report a few days ago happened & the drift speed went from about a .7 all the way up to around the 1.6 knot rate.  Not as bad as the other day when that drift speed hit 2.6 knots.  They were still able to fish the deeper water (150-180 feet) but it made it more difficult to stay on the bottom to catch the remaining Lingcod.  Bottom line was they limited on the rockfish (all Canary’s except for one) and only came up two Lingcod short of a limit.  Beautiful ocean and a good day.

September 1st fishing report

September 1, 2021


The Mariner was crabbing up north in close to the beach and got 82-of them in his totes today which was about 7.5 crabs per person on the boat participating.

Bottom fishing

Only one report on a boat fishing up north off of Lincoln City fishing in deep water and after only three drifts had almost all of the Lingcod and only 6-7 fish short of the rockfish quota.  Then as the boat was returning for the fourth drift which the skipper thought would be the final drift to limit the current elevated from a .7 knot drift to a 2.6 knot drift.  With that change in drift speed went the great fishing and only a few more rockfish were caught the final two hours.

Tuesday August 31st fishing report

August 31, 2021

One report off the Kadaho this morning with a interesting report on the bottom fishing.  The skipper reported that the Lingcod bite was excellent and the rockfish bite was slower.  Sounds possibly a little strange but that is a phenomenal which is not all that rare.  One old-timers take on that has been that there are many-many more rockfish then Lingcod and when the rockfish are not feeding then that gives the Lingcod a better chance at the bait in the area. When you have a heavy bite on the rockfish you might not catch as many Lingcod.  Sounds like a vicious circle in some respects.  The crabbing was also terrific as you can see by the picture with his boat alone collecting 142 of the “creepy crawlers”.  

September Non-selective Coho Season

The Non-selective Coho salmon season begins September 10th, 11th and 12th and every other Friday, Saturday and Sunday thru the month of September.  (additional dates are:)

September 17-18-19     September 24,25,26

The length of the season depends on several factors.  First the quota is 14,000 fish plus there will probably be a rollover from the left over fish from the summer quota.  The ODFW will announce before the first weekend what that roll-over might be if any but in past years there has always been one.  Then of course the weather always is a factor along with whether or not the fish that were here all summer are still out there in the area. One of our super secret sources did tell us today that they expect the quota to hold up thru the three weeks of the September season.  No guarantee on that but it would be nice if it did.

2021 final summer season salmon numbers

The fishery in our area from Cape Falcon down to Humbug Mountain (Oregon/California border) in the mark selective season saw us catch/harvest 68,067 Coho salmon.  That resulted in 56.7% of the 120,000 fish quota.  Certainly no argument it was one of the the best salmon seasons for as long as some of us remember.  Depoe Bay finished 2nd in the retained catch per angular at 1.18 fish per angler trip.   Depoe Bay harvested 8,713 Coho salmon and retuned to the water 10,862.  We also harvested 297 Chinook salmon.

Monday August30th fishing report

August 30, 2021


No salmon today because the season is closed.  The next season will open up Friday, September 10th.  This is the one where we do not have to deal with the adipose fin thing called the non-selective Coho season .  If the fish are here it should be fun!! The season is a Friday, Saturday and Sunday opening each and every week until the end of September (OR) until the quota is reached.  Right now it is set for 14,000 but there should be a roll-over as it is called foe the 60,000 fish left on the summer quota.  Normally the roll-over is not much and if you want to get a few more salmon you better book early as this season if these fish are still here will not last long.

Bottom fishing & Crabbing

Bottom fishing today was hit or miss and some of our boats “hit” and some”missed.  Sometimes as we have used the the phrase before you just have to be in the right place at the right time.  Did not hear about any good Lingcod catch but quite a few rockfish caught.

Crabbing was very good as the word was around 6-7 crabs per passenger participating.

August 29th Morning Fishing Update-why we cancel and when

August 29, 2021

Sunday morning trips

All of our fishing trips this morning have been cancelled due to rough ocean conditions. We hope to be back on the water tomorrow.

Why and when we cancel trips

There are times we know well in advance that we are not going to be running fishing trips the day/night before and when that is the case we do everything possible to contact by phone or voice mail that we will not be running trips the next day.  These are sometimes tough calls because we know that in the summer months in particular folks make these reservations well in advance in conjunction with a trip/vacation to the coast.  Sometimes however (like this morning-Sunday the 29th of August) the day before forecast was well within the standards that the new ownership of Tradewinds Depoe Bay has set for making these decisions.  Thus we were able to make the decision based on the ocean forecast that we get from NOAA that this morning was going to be a GO.  Sometimes and not often in the summer months the forecast comes in wrong especially for Depoe Bay because of the unusual bar and middle grounds out to the buoys that no other harbor on the Oregon coast has to deal with.  This morning was one of those times when we had to make that decision with folks waiting at the office to go fishing that the conditions for getting out there were not safe, comfortable or fishable.  When that happens we fully realize that folks have not only gotten up early but spent money to get to the Depoe Bay area such as fuel expensives.  We sincerely apologize for these times which are rare in the summer to those who have been disappointed. The new ownership of Tradewinds has set there main goal as customer service which takes in operating safely and providing the best ocean experience and successful fishing that we can.  

Additionally if ANYONE outside of the Tradewinds management (other booking agents-private individuals, etc)  has told you that we make these decisions and then not try to contact you in advance whenever possible they are being extremely dishonest with you.  Please feel free at anytime when you might see some ocean conditions that may be unfavorable for getting you out there to call our office as everyone in  the office staff is being updated on what is happening the next day.


2021 summer salmon season in a nutshell

August 28, 2021

No argument from any one that this was one of the most successful salmon season on record.  Interestingly enough the season started very slow with poor fishing only to take off the last ten days or so in June.  From that point forward it was pretty much lights out fishing until the final day of the summer season.  Today (Sunday the 28th) was that final day and the fishing was poor like the season started.  No one can deny however that we saw the finest salmon population and healthy fish we have seen in many years.

Tradewinds had a great season and we gained many-many new customers with the salmon season by there own testimony with our salmon boats going out without big loads.  Our boats that are certified were only allowing 11-13 fishermen on the salmon trips which was more fun for the folks onboard. Certainly without question this brought down the number of tangles that can occur on any boat but with smaller loads those tangles were greatly reduced.  The NEW TRADEWINDS is totally committed to customer service and has had a rewarding summer with old, new and undoubtably future customers.

Saturday August 28th fishing report

Bottom fishing

It was a rough day out on the water today as we not only had the fog it seems we have had all summer but mix in wind and rough seas on top of it all.  It was a big boat day as the 6-pac vessels stayed in port and the fishing was really good for one of our boats and slower for the others on the bottom fishing side.


The salmon bite was very poor this morning.  The rough seas and northerly winds obviously scattered the fish out to deeper water  with the cold water produced from the northerly winds and it was really tough to get out to where they might have been.  Very few legal take home fish were landed this morning as we end the summer 2021 salmon season on a down note.

Friday August 27th fishing report

August 27, 2021

Bottom fishing

Not much to report as most of the boats were involved in the salmon fishing as the summer salmon season closes tomorrow.  One boat did report in on the deeper water fishing and after two crazy terrific days on the Lingcod that slowed down some as everyone caught one on the boat but not nearly as good as the past two days.  The rockfish bite in the deeper water produced almost a limit of rockfish with Canary’s, Sea Trout and Yellowtail.


Crabbing was very good today with one boat reporting around 7-8 per person.


As we wind down the summer salmon fishery with the final day being tomorrow we had three vessels fishing for them this morning and one boat limited and from the last report the other two came close to filling the tags for all of the passengers.  Lots of throwbacks as it has been all summer.

Thursday August 26th fishing report

August 26, 2021


One boat out today on the salmon grounds and after a slow start the fish turned on quickly. They had apparently moved closer into shore with the southerly breeze we have and that warmed the water up inside.  When they found them it was not long that produced a limit for the boat today passengers and crew.  

Bottom fishing

The bottom fishing boats were divided into three groups this morning with those that fished up north on the Lincoln City Reefs, those that stayed close to home on the Government Point reefs and the one boat that ventured offshore in the deep water.  There was no information as of yet on the closer to home boats but the one boat Mr Max up on the Lincoln City Reefs got a real quick limit once he found the spot that the fish were hungry.  The offshore deeper water boat limited out on Lingcod and had a really nice collection close to a limit of Canary’s and Yellowtail.  


Crabbing as it has been the past month or so was terrific with probably in the neighborhood of 5-6 crabs per person.

Wednesday August 25th fishing report

August 25, 2021

Salmon (4-DAYS LEFT)

(update) Salmon fishing was excellent today once again with three large vessels out there this morning and two of them limited all passengers and I am going to assume that the other one did also.  The other one were speaking about was on a 8-hour combo and with the less time to salmon fish on the 1st half of the day sometimes the time runs out but I am positive the boat either limited or did exceptionally well.


Lots of crabs came into the cooking dock and the cookers were hard at work cleaning crab and cooking them.

Bottom fishing

The Sunrise reported in that it was one of his best Lingcod days in a while along with some nice Cabezon.  The one picture shows some fish caught by one of the passengers with a limit of Cod and a few rockfish.  Another boat reported in from deep-deep water of passenger limits of Lingcod nine of them the size of the one the lady is hoisting up.  (sorry the skipper takes bad pictures).  There was also a whole mess of really nice Canary rockfish caught on the boat which are fish normally caught in deeper water.  Good day on the reefs.


Tuesday August 24th fishing report

August 24, 2021

The salmon fishing remains very strong as one boat was back in by 9an and the other boat for TW salmon fishing was doing very well.  There are just a boat load of fish still out there and the fish are getting larger it seems by the day.  One boat today reported 2-3 of the fish that were harvested today to be at 10-pounds and possibly a bit more.  Some really big fish out there and the best thing about them are they are really healthy fish.  It pays for a successful salmon fishery to have healthy fish that have lots of bait to feed on and that is what’s happening in the summer of 2021.

Bottom fishing today was reported to be only fair which was the term used by one of the skippers. Nor many Lingcod on the filet table but the crab collected on the way home was really very good.  

Final week of the summer salmon season

We are in the final 6-days today of the summer salmon season and everyone must agree that it has been the most successful season in possibly 30+ years.  With the report we heard that they expect 1.5 million returning Coho salmon up the Columbia this fall possibly the future summers look to be as exciting as this one.  Only time will tell on that one.

As of August 22nd Depoe Bay had 6,498 angular trips and landed  7,437 harvested Coho salmon. There were 9,098 native Coho salmon returned.  That is 1.19 salmon harvested per angular trip which puts us ahead of both Newport and Florence  That might be a good reason to fish with Tradewinds Depoe Bay.

So far in our area we have secured 63,300 fish from the 120,000 fish quota for the summer season which is 52.7% of the quota.

The season ends this coming Sunday, August 28th.  It re-opens September 10th and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the 14,000 quota for the non-selective season is reached. That quota size probably will rise some as normally there is a rollover from the left over quota from the summer season.  The ODFW will lets know about that as the time gets closer.

Monday August 23rd fishing report

Bottom fishing

No report on the morning action but things in the afternoon on two boats on combo trips was very slow.  Lots of fish showing just very few of them biting.


Salmon fishing was terrific again this morning especially if you were able to get the ones to bite that had the healed adipose fin.  One of the lager boats limited on the “good ones” this morning where another boat struggled all morning putting the good ones in and spending a lot of time throwing the “bad ones” back in.  The action all morning long was very exciting.


Fantastic !!

Sunday August 22nd fishing report

August 22, 2021

The bottom fishing report saw all of the boats doing really well this morning and this young lady on the dock holding her prized Lingcod she caught.  Catching in the deeper water was really good today with huge Black bass but mostly really nice sized Canary rockfish.

Crabbing today across the board was excellent and some of them are those  2 1/2 to 3 pound monsters.

Salmon as it has been now for going on two months minus just a few days remains traffic.  The Mr Max got a big boat limit today and there was loads of action.  Some of these salmon are getting to the 10 pound stage now.

Saturday August 21st fishing report

August 21, 2021

Finally we are back on the ocean waters.  Two boats came back in a little early with bottom fish limits with one showing off some great looking Lingcod. A good variety of fish today with Blacks, Blues, Yellowtail, Canary’s and a few Sea Trout.

Crabbing was also pretty good with good numbers coming in from all boats so far today.

When you are off the salmon fishing for three days there is loads of apprehension heading out in the morning basically thinking, “where do we go?”  It turned out that fishing was not as good as it was before the bad weather cycle but it was still pretty good with close to one around per angler and lots of throw backs on one of the boats salmon fishing this morning.

The first Tuna trip of the year went out this morning and so far there has been no reports on the goings-on offshore.  Will try to give you a report sometime this evening when the boats return.

(Saturday evening). Not a good day out on the Tuna grounds.  All of the intel we received was good  the days before and when we got out there & things looked good.  However, the fish were either not there at all or they were down deep and not coming up.. It was a frustrating day and we have cancelled our Monday Tuna tip until we get some intel that hopefully delivers the goods the next time we go.

Friday August 20th report

August 20, 2021

After 3 1/2 days off the water it is finally looking like we will be back on the water Saturday morning.  The forecast looks good and even the ocean in the fog today from what we are able to see is looking much better as well.  So all of you folks holding fishing reservations for the Saturday morning we will see you bright and early.

Charter fishing trips for Friday, August 20th

August 19, 2021

We are cancelling our scheduled fishing trips for Friday morning, August 20th due to forecasted adverse ocean conditions.  We are looking at the ocean weather carefully and it appears by mid-day Friday things will begin to mellow out and be done with this 3-4 day string of bad ocean weather.  Our main focus is on comfort, safety and good fishing success (CATCHING) for all of our passengers so if you are scheduled for tomorrow morning to fish with us give us a call to re-schedule.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Salmon catch index as of August 15th

Summer marked selective Coho salmon season

As of August 15th we have caught 48.8% of the 120,000 fish quota.  So far from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border which is our zone we have caught 58,554 adipose fin clipped Coho salmon. So with only 10 days left in the summer season there is little to no doubt the we will get thru this season without reaching the quota.  All in all it has been a great summer season.  Depoe Bay and Florence are very close to ranking 2-3 in the number of Coho salmon caught.  Depoe Bay is averaging 1.17 fish per angular trip.  Depoe Bay has harvested 6,836 Coho salmon and 286 Chinook salmon while returning 8,286 Coho salmon and returned 58 Chinook salmon.

Fall Non-selective Coho salmon season

The fall season we have a quota of 14,000 non-selective Coho salmon which means we can keep any legal length Coho salmon we catch.  Since we will not reach the summer quota there will be a roll over of some of the quota leftover but normally it does not amount to very much.  The season opens September 10th and is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the month of September thru September 30th.  If history comes thru this September don’t expect that season to last very long.

August 18th daily fishing report

August 18, 2021

Nothing to report today as the entire fleet at Tradewinds did not start an engine due to hazardous ocean conditions.

Oregon Charter Vessels

For the education of our valued customers there are two types of charter vessels that work out of Tradewinds.  There are the certified vessels which are regulated by the US Coast Guard on how many passengers they can legally carry.  Then there are the (UPV’s) uninspected passenger vessels which are regulated by the State of Oregon and some federal US Coast Guard regulations and can only carry six (6) or fewer passengers. .  Certified vessels are legal to use their best judgment on when to cross the Depoe Bay bar and out into the ocean waters as long as they are at or below the certified number of passengers assigned to the vessel by the US Coast Guard.  They can be told by the US Coast Guard on extreme ocean conditions not to cross the bar on a COTP closure (Captain Of The Port). Uninspected passenger vessels are solely regulated by the US Coast Guard on when it is safe to cross the bar by the documented water line length of the vessel.

It is always our goal to get our passengers out on the water and to give them the best opportunity to not only have a great time but to catch fish.  The rougher the water the more difficult on most occasions it is to catch fish and be comfortable.  Cancelling trips is a difficult decision for Tradewinds as some folks come a long way to go out fishing.  Please always keep in mind your safety is paramount.

Daily fishing report-Tuesday, August 17th

August 17, 2021

Good fishing today while we were able to stay out on the ocean waters as a summer rather large swell showed up a little earlier then expected and created growing hazardous conditions on the bar crossing.  Some of our boats were already back in with limits but three others came home early for the safety of all of our passengers.

While they were out there the salmon fishing remained terrific with a salmon boat limiting and four bottom fishing boats all came home even a little early with great catches.  There were also quite a few Lingcod caught this morning.

Crabbing remains excellent as well.

Daily fishing report – August 16th

August 16, 2021


Another great day with both of our salmon boats were either limited early in the trip with another just two fish short of a limit. Really nice Chinook salmon picture that was caught. The vessel which was short two fish had to end the salmon version of the trip and go bottom fishing as it was a 8-hour combo trip.

Bottom fishing

One of the vessels was in early with limits of rockfish but did not hear from the boat that he was able to land any legal Lingcod.


Crabbing continues to be really great either in the deeper water spots or the shallow water beach area spots.

Daily fishing report-Sunday August 15th

August 15, 2021


Salmon fishing this morning was once again and a little of a surprise outrageously good.  After a slow fishing day Saturday the word out of Newport is they had a pretty decent day so our three boats headed down south a few miles before putting the gear in.  The three boats had fish on immediately.  They found a water change  south about three miles in 30 fathoms of water that was just loaded with birds and the fishing got pretty intense with doubles and triples on most all of the time.  Our 6-man boat limited and was home shortly after 8am and the Kadaho and the Mr Max fishing many more people also limited everyone including crew.  Nice picture of a 20+ pound Chinook salmon caught on the Mr Max and some really nice fillets from our quality fish cutter pictures.  Lets hope this keeps up tomorrow. The last picture the limit catch off the Kadaho on the way home.  $0 total fish including 1-King salmon. Great Picture !

Bottom fishing

No information as of yet.

Daily fishing report-August 14th

August 14, 2021

Salmon fishing was slow again this morning with quite a bit of action but not very many take home fish coming into the filet table.  The good news out of Newport from some sport boat folks that they limited early right out in front of Newport in about 170-200 feet of water.  So we can hope that these fish will be moving north up towards Ddpoe Bay as the days go by.

Bottom fishing was apparently good this morning as one boat was back in early with a limit of rockfish.  No real information about this trip right now so we will get more information for later in the day.

Daily fishing report-August 3th

August 13, 2021

Bottom fishing was very good today as the water temperatures returned to normal ranges up to the low 50’s and the fish were on the bite with the three vessels out there today.  Did not sound like a lot of Lingcod were biting today but the rockfish were with lots of limits on the boats this morning.

Crabbing as it has been was excellent.

Salmon slowed today for the first time in a week or so.  When the boats out salmon fishing today got their gear in the water it was” lights out right off the bat” but then it slowed down to just sporadic action for the rest of the morning.  Sounded like the average score was about a half a fish per angler on the boats this morning.


Thursday August 12th trips

August 11, 2021

The Tradewinds Depoe Bay fleet will not be running bottom fishing  or salmon trips tomorrow (Thursday-August 12th) because of a reported large swell that is forecasted to hit the coastal waters off Depoe Bay early in the morning.  Swells could be 8-9 foot and there movement will be out of the west and with a minus tide to boot that gives opportunity for the Depoe Bay bar to be very nautical and can be dangerous to cross.  Sorry for those who had reservations tomorrow morning but SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST AT TRADEWINDS.

Daily fishing report-August 11th

Salmon fishing this morning was really good as we had two boats out there on the salmon grounds and both did especially well.  No limits on either boat but pretty close on one and better then one per rod on the other.  There were many-many throw back fish with the adipose fin and the action as pretty much non-stop.  TheMr Max caught a beautiful 20 pound King salmon with the picture here to your right.  The fishery is terrific this summer but I guess you could say that an angler on a charter vessel or a private sport boat you need a little luck to get the ones we can keep.

The bottom fishing this morning with some cold water back was hit and miss with one vessel doing exceedingly well and others struggles a bit.  As we spoke of before the slower sea bass bite gives a better opportunity for the Cabezon and Lingcod to bite and that did happen this morning.

Crabbing was really food again this morning.

Some fishing news for August 10th

August 10, 2021


The ODFW reported  this morning as of August 8th we have caught 42.5% of our 120,000 fish quota which equals to 50,991 Coho salmon caught in our zone.  That leaves around 70,000 fish left on our summer salmon quota which ends on August 28th.  We are almost assured totally of the season running out the season to August 28th as we have more then enough Coho salmon  left on the 120,000 fish quota.  Depoe Bay is right on the border line of 2nd place on the fish caught with 1.15 fish caught per angler trip and 5,811 total Coho caught.   It has been a great summer of salmon fishing.

(Bottom Fishing)

We also learned that at a management meeting the past few days that because the salmon fishing has been so good and at the same time takes pressure off the bottom fishing that our 5-fish limit will hopefully hold thru this 2021 season.

(Quillback/Copper/China Rockfish)

In talking to someone who seems to know a lot about how the quotas work the question of the Quillback quota came up.  It seems that the Depoe Bay area is prime for catching Quillback, Copper and China rockfish but we also have to cooperate with the other ports/area in our zone.  Some word is they are trying to establish area different guidelines for how that quota is determined based on our area being so strong for where the fish are in larger supply.

Daily fishing report-August 10th

Not a great deal of good stuff to report today from the fishing trips as we had lots of wind on Monday afternoon and as it does sometimes stayed in the area all night long.  The wind was blowing 15-20 knots in the early morning part of the trips out there  and when it did let up mid-morning only the wind produced swell was left to contend with.

Bottom line fishing was slow on the bottom fishing grounds as we retuned somewhat to the colder water produced by the northerly winds we had last week.  Though fishing was on the slower side this morning the good news is that things will improve much sooner then the 10-day run we had last time with colder water as this will be out of here sometime tomorrow afternoon.

Salmon fishing was also slower this morning with colder water normally pushes the salmon offshore to the warmer water offshore but because of the ocean conditions getting out to the deeper water was difficult.

The crabs don’t care about any of the above and that part of the day was still pretty good.

Daily fishing report-August 9th

August 9, 2021

Salmon fishing was really good again today with two boats out this morning for TW with one limiting the boat and the other boat really close.  There was an abundance of the throw back models today which can be extremely frustrating both to captain and crew as well as the passengers.  Everyone on the boat get to reel in lots of fish but it sure is nice when they reel in that fish without the adipose fin and you see iti getting a filet job on the TW docks.

Bottom fishing was also really good as the three boats fishing up north out in the middle range depth water had good days on some nice Lingcod, Canary’s and the normal Black bass.

Crabbing was also excellent today with lots of the

Daily fishing report-August 8th

August 8, 2021

Bottom fishing was very good this morning as yesterday both in shallow water and the deeper water.  A picture from one of the deeper water boats shows a few totes full ofCanary rockfish which are fish you almost always catch in the deeper water outside of 150 feet normally.  Once in a while they sneak inside to the more shallow water but that is normally reserved for the Black rockfish (sea bass) and other shallow water species. There were also some really nice Lingcod caught today on the deeper water fishing vessels like this one off the Mr Max.  

Crabbing was also very good this morning with lots of crabs coming into the crab cooker and they are really nice large sized ones.  Lots of good eating tonight on the TW charter boats for those participating in the crabbing.

Salmon once again as it has been for several weeks now spectacular with our one salmon boat limiting and getting home about an hour early.

Daily fishing report-August 7th

August 7, 2021

Well the water finally warmed up to 51-degrees and guess what?  The bottom fishing went nuts not so much different then the salmon fishing.  It didn’t to seem to matter up north on the bottom fishing reefs as inside in the shallow water or outside in the deeper water there were limit catches on the boats reporting in.  Others not quite as well but still a pretty good catch of fish across the fleet.  Not a good picture but this passenger caught this Cod-Zilla on his very first drop of the morning.  The Lingcod had a nice sized Canary rockfish in its mouth.

The salmon went insane again after a early morning lull where they just could not find them.  As the water warmed up on the bottom fishing grounds so did the water further out.  The salmon have been found the past week about 5-6 miles offshroein 40-70 fathoms of water (240′-420′). So salmon like that 52-53 degree water so in they came and followed the warm up. The big catch this morning was well inside that in 25-35 fathoms and both our salmon boats limited there customers.

Daily fishing report-August 6th

August 6, 2021

Salmon fishing today was a continuation of the past week with great action and lots of take home fish as well as throw back fish.  One of our boats (Kadaho) that was on a salmon/bottom fish combo trip limited the boat in take home salmon with 38-fish onboard and was bottom fishing a little earlier then expected.  He had at one time 13-fish on at the same time.  We are making room for more salmon trips in our fleet and schedule so go e us a call at Tradewinds if you want to go on a salmon trip.We can only assume that the other two salmon boats this morning were doing as well.

The bottom fishing as we have been referring to the past 3-4 days on the cold water finally changed this morning.  The water warmed up to 50-51 degrees with a southerly flow overnight and the word from the inshore shallow water boats was that the fish were doing a lot better then the past 7-10 days.  One vessel was out on the deep water in the 150-200 foot range limited the boat on rockfish and had a great catch of Lingcod as well.  A very large Vermillion rockfish was caught this morning and we have a picture of it.

Crabbing remains very good so all in all a great time to be fishing out of Depoe Bay with Tradewinds.  Give us a cal as the weather sounds good for the foreseeable future.

Daily fishing report-August 5th

August 5, 2021

The salmon fishing as it has been was excellent today not only with the Coho salmon but today featured quite a few Chinook salmon (King salmon).  One vessel the Mr Max brought in 4 of those very large salmon specimens.  We have a few pictures of the King salmon catch here for you to see.

Daily fishing report-August 4th

Bottom fishing improved a little more today as the water continues to warm up with some spots showing 50-degree water.  Just a guess voter we think the bottom fish are going to take off here in short order.  There were some really nice Lingcod caught today also.

Salmon again today was fantastic.  The boat came really close to a boat limit but just a few to many throw back fish today then in the past few days.  Still a great day.  Really good reports out of the south where they are having great success on salmon and those fish will continue to move thru the Depoe Bay area as they move up the line.

Weekly Salmon Quota Update

August 3, 2021

ODFW Weekly Coho Salmon Harvest Numbers

As of August 2nd (Monday) w have caught 40,157 Coho salmon  which were harvested as part of our 120,000 fish quota which ends August 28th.  That comes down even with the great fishing only slightly over 33% of the quota has been caught even with this great fishing we are having.  Pretty darn positive that we will be fishing salmon this summer clean up to the August 28th final day of summer fishing.  This is also great news because it allows the bottom fishing to be not so heavily fished so we keep that open also thru the summer and early fall months.

So far Depoe Bay has landed 4,322 legally harvested Coho salmon & 4,478 fish with attached adipose fin put safely back into the water.  We are averaging by those two numbers 1.04 fish per salmon angler trip.  Newport as normal is far ahead of everyone with 18,425 Coho salmon harvested but that is because they have many-many times the number of boats leaving the harbor to fish for them.  We are 3rd with only Winchester Bay in front of us and Garibaldi/Depoe Bay very close together in third place.

Its a great time to fish with TW for salmon and bottom fish so get down here and fish with us before the summer fades away.

Daily fishing report-July 3rd

Early morning salmon report for this morning has one boat already back in with a limit of salmon.  The action was spectacular!!  Most will tell you that an honest assessment of this years salmon season would show that it might not have ever been as good as this in the past 30+ years.  Yes, we have had some slower days where there have been only a few fish caught but for the most part the action has been really good to amazing.  Now, the fish are gaining weight it seems by the day and  to see some 10-pound Coho salmon caught is not out of the ordinary.  Come down and catch a few salmon with the best on the coast-Tradewinds Depoe Bay.

Better bottom fishing this morning was better then what it has been as a little change in water temperature has helped.  However that change in water temperature is slow coming as the northerly winds just keep blowing hard in the afternoon and early evening hours.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) seems to be the final day of this 10-day windy system we have been seeing.  None-the-less the fishing was decent this morning with fining bass and bird banks working on surface bait but the fish were biting some but not like when we see conditions like this normally.  A huge Lingcod come up and ate a bass right off the hook and got hooked himself in the process.  The young boy in the picture did the hard work and with some advise from the skipper and dad & got the fish.  Quite a specimen would you not think?

Daily fishing report-Monday August 2nd

August 2, 2021

The daily fishing report is out in the early morning on this day as all of the TW fishing boats were out and everyone of them came back in without wetting a line.  The ocean forecast was not all that bad but it sure was not fishable.  Once in a while in the summer the NOAA forecast misses the mark and the ocean turns upside down.  That was the case this morning.  Looks much better for tomorrow so we will see you then.

Daily fishing report-August 1st

August 1, 2021

Bottom fishing continues to be a little slow but has improved some over the past few days as the water warms up.  We are almost up to 50-degree water and that its normally a good sign for the bottom fish to begin to bite.  We will see tomorrow.

Salmon fishing is absolutely spectacular these past two days.  (Don’t those filet’s look just inviting to your taste buds?) As soon as you get your lines in the water it seems fish are on immediately.  Both boats out for TW today cameback early with limit catches along with a few Chinook salmon.  The Coho salmon are getting bigger by the day it seems.  This has been a great year for salmon the majority of the season once they actually showed up in the area the later part of June.

Daily fishing report-July 31st

July 31, 2021

Bottom fishing is continuing to improve by the day as the water begins to warm up from all the northerly winds we have been having.  Radio reports from the boats this morning found all of them were getting the fish to bite much better than in the past week.

Crabbing continues to be very good in the 4-8 per person range depending on the boat and the day.

The salmon bite this morning was as good as it gets. It was extremely difficult to keep the lines in the water as pretty much as soon as you got a line in the water a fish was on it.  The only problem might be if you were unlucky enough to land to many of the salmon with the adipose fin still attached.  One of our vessels was back in by 9:45 with a limit of really nice Coho salmon.  They are getting really big it seems by the day with some of them in the nine pound + range.

Daily fishing report-July 30th


Salmon fishing today was feast or famine.  One boat came back with 17-take home salmon (The Kadaho) and the other boat came home with none. One nice King salmon was past of the salmon catch (picture).  It’s good to be in the right place at the right time.

In the bottom fishing side of things it appears that things picked up some but again (right place right time).  It seemed like the deeper water spots were the ticket for success today for the morning boats with doubles coming up for the reporting boat the Mr Max.  Another boat bottom fishing late morning and early afternoon came within one for a limit on Lingcod and one fish short on the rockfish (Again right place right time).

Daily fishing report-July 29th

July 30, 2021

Salmon fishing was excellent today and the fish had moved in closer to shore from the day before.  We did not get limits but the Kadaho brought back in from our math one fish per rod average and the action was tremendous.  The deckhand told us that the throw backs was 30+ so everyone was reeling in fish and the luckier ones got to take some home.

Bottom fishing remains slow in the colder water closer to the shoreline and we are hoping for the northerly winds to begin letting up so the 47-degree water temperature will begin to rise which will cure the problem. One positive about this cold water is that the Lingcod don’t seem to mind it as we are bringing home some really nice ones.

Daily fishing report-July 28th

July 28, 2021

Another tough day out on the water with the bottom fishing bite which was slow for everyone.  The salmon bite was better but today there were just to many throw back fish and not many take home fish.  We will survive here and wait for another day hopefully tomorrow.

The weekly ODFW salmon update

July 27, 2021

As of July 25th we have caught 34,867 Coho salmon in our area from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border. That comes to 29.1% of the 120,000 fish quota.  It looks like odds on favor of the summer salmon season will last thru the August 28th quota date.  So there should be hopefully lots of days of really good salmon fishing till the end of August.  Depoe Bay so far has landed 3,805 harvested Coho salmon and had to release 4,054 with the adipose fin. Depoe Bay is averaging 1.05 fish per each angler on a salmon trip both sport and charter.  

Daily fishing report-July 27th

The bottom fishing improved somewhat today with everyone doing a little better than the same boats that fished yesterday. One boat was able to get out to the deeper water reefs and really did a number on the Canary rockfish along with a few really nice lingcod.

Crabbing was really good today as it has been here lately with somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-6 per person.

Salmon after yesterday extremely slow day rebounded and the catch today was decent on the take home fish and pretty good on the number of throw back fish.  There is no control over the ones with or without the adipose fin so you just hope you get lucky.  As you might know in the summer salmon fishery the native fish with the adipose fin must be returned to the water unharmed.  Where the hatchery fish the ones with the healed adipose fin we can keep.

Salmon report-July 26th

We have had a good salmon season so far with many good days of catching Coho salmon out there.  We have had a few lulls in the action from time to time but there has been this summer more coming thru the Depoe Bay area.  A report we have heard it might just be happening again here soon. A report just to the south of Newport is that there is a heavy bite going on around Seal Rock just a few miles to the south.  Those fish will be coming thru our area soon so we are hoping for something to pick up here in a few days hopefully.

Daily fishing report-Monday July 26th

July 26, 2021

It was one of those really rough days that charter boats see only a few times each year with difficult fishing both on the bottom fishing grounds and the salmon grounds.  Tomorrow however is another day and we will be out there working even harder to find the fish wanting to bite.

Daily fishing report-July 25th

Bottom fishing was much better today even though the weather was windy and choppy where the fishing took place. Much better bite with the Sunrise boating this really nice Lingcod in the picture provided.

One salmon boat out there this morning and the ocean weather offshore was better then it was inshore where the bottom fishermen were. Weird??  Anyhow even in cold water, windy choppy conditions our one boat put eleven fish on the boat.  Pretty good day and good to know we have fish still around.  They are nice big fat ones and getting bigger by the week.

Crabbing was decent today and one boat leaving them out overnight brought back around 100 of them.  

Daily fishing report-July 24th

July 24, 2021

The salmon bite today was minimal as we had rough ocean conditions along with a very thick fog.  Normally August type weather but here we are in late July.  Our one boat out there came home with 6-take home salmon and had a number of throw backs as well.  Tough conditions for any fishing this morning.

The bottom fishing was like the salmon bite which also was minimal. The northerly winds have made the ocean temperatures drop from a very good 50+-degrees down close to the 47-degree mark.  The boats reported lots of fish showing but only a few were biting.  One boat did produce quite a few Lingcod and the Cabezon seemed to be biting on all the boats as well.  The other rockfish the ones that give the numbers were rather slow this morning.

Daily fishing report-Friday July 23rd

July 23, 2021


Salmon fishing this morning was “Crazy Good” with so much action it was virtually impossible to keep all the rods in the water. The boat we had out this morning on the salmon grounds was done by 9am…Really nice fish also with over half of them in the 8-9 pound range.  Without question the best salmon season we have had in many years.

Bottom fishing

The boat are not all back yet but it sounded like things were going really well on the bottom fishing grounds including this young man catching a great looking Canary rockfish. One of the boats out on the bottom fishing grounds today was the Mr Max and he found the fish in biting mode up north off the Lincoln City reels for a really good day.

Daily fishing report-July 22nd

July 22, 2021

Salmon fishing was excellent this morning for the two vessels out there enjoying non-stop action for the first  two and a half hours of the trip.  After that the salmon thru the off switch and it was “scratch fishing” for the remainder of the trip. Before then we boated lots of fish with one of the boats getting to only needing one fish to limit and the other boat had lots of take home fish.  Both boats reported lots & lots of throw back fish.  Good morning all the way around.  Including a few photos of todays salmon  catch.  

Don’t know a hole lot about the morning bottom fishing boats but two of them limited early and were back to the dock a hour or so before the original landing time.

No reports on crabbing today.

Daily fishing report-July 21st

July 21, 2021

Salmon fishing today was just like it has been here lately with plenty of action but we still are sorting thru the native and hatchery Coho salmon.  Some days have been better than others in that sorting but other days there are many more native throw back fish than take home ones.

Bottom fishing today was very good with limits or very close to limits on all four bottom fishing boats out this morning with one boat almost bring home a limit of Lingcod with one short of that limit.

Crabbing was decent today with some the boats doing better then others.  They seemed to have moved in to the more shallow water and the boats crabbing in that shallow water seemed to do better than those crabbing out a little deeper.

Still lots of quota left for salmon

It has been by any measure a really good salmon catch year here in the summer of 2021.  With the 120,000 fish quota we as of July 18th have caught 22% of that quota equaling 26,346 fish caught in our area. Here in Depoe Bay weharvested 2,932 Coho salmon and 205 Chinook salmon averaging 1.05 fish per rod per angler trip.  Over past years this is a pretty good salmon year with good opportunities for folks to catch a take home salmon.  We have also released 2,960 Coho salmon and  42 underside Chinook salmon.  So as yon see lots of fish biting and lots of fun for our passengers.   The season selective summer fishery runs thru August 28th.

Tuesday fishing report-July 20th

July 20, 2021

Salmon has remained constant these past 4-5 days with good action pretty much from start to finish but about 1-fish per rod on the average over this stretch of time.  Lots of action as we said but also lots of throw back native salmon with the adipose fin which must be returned to the waters unharmed.

Bottom fishing was good from some radio reports heard but not red hot.  I seems these past 2-3 days we have come home with lots of rockfish but the shallow water Lingcod fishing is fairly slow. We are getting some Lingcod but maybe only about 4-5 on a big boat and on some boats more.

Crabbing remains to be very good in the 4-6 range per person.

Daily fishing report-July 19th

July 19, 2021

Bottom fishing was just average this morning with one of the boats being in the right place at the right time and had quite a few fish bite the hooks.  Some of the boats got to that spot a little late and struggled with the catch this morning.  One of the boats went out from the shallow water and caught quite a few lingcod and one Halibut but the rockfish bite on this boat was quite slow.

Salmon fishing was as it has been the past 3-4 days with lots of action and quite a few take home fish but there were also lots of throw back fish with no limits this morning but all in all a really good catch.

Crabbing was really good again this morning with in the neighborhood of 5-6 per passengers participating.

Sunday fishing report-July 18th

July 18, 2021

Bottom fishing was hit and miss for the boats today with one doing really well and others having some good drifts but only an average catch today up along the Lincoln City reefs.

Salmon on the other hand was really decent this morning with one boat limiting on some really nice 7-8 pound Coho salmon and the other boat also having a good trip with a nice catch but lots of throw back fish.

Crabbing continues to be really good especially in the shallow water spots up north along Gleneden Beach.

Daily fishing report-July 17th

July 17, 2021

Good to talk about the best report of the day and today that would be the crabbing.  All of the boats out today for TW had really good reports on crab with an estimated 5-6 per person. That is a good score as they seem to be beginning to get to the shallow water where it is easier for us to get to them. They are in pretty good shape also with not many of them are real soft and many of them really hard.  A good thing to add to your fishing trip if you like crab.

Salmon fishing this morning was pretty much hit and miss with one boat having quite a bit of action but not many take home fish.  They other boat did not have as much action as the other but took home six leagal fish.  Go figure on that one??

Bottom fishing was excellent this morning with very few lingcod being reported but an excellent grade on the rockfish with some of the Black rockfish weighing in along the 5-6 pound range.

We do have a Halibut boat out today and we will try to report the outcome to you later in the evening.

This is the first Tuna report of the year as the news from offshore is not good as far as charter boat getting out to where they are.  The last report we heard was over 100 miles offshore much too far for our fleet to get to them.  Hoping for a August & September fishery so we will keep you informed.

ODFW Halibut season report

July 16, 2021

The Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain) summer all-depth halibut fishery will open every week (Thurs – Sat) starting August 5-7, until the quota is met, or October 31. High winds during the spring all-depth fishery caused bar restrictions and/or bar closures up and down the central Oregon coast, severely limiting the number of anglers able (or willing) to participate in the fishery. With much of the spring all-depth quota remaining, we are looking to provide anglers more opportunity to harvest halibut this year during the summer all-depth fishery


During days open for all-depth halibut fishing in the months of June, July and August, EITHER a combination of sablefish, Pacific cod & other flatfish species OR longleader rockfish may be retained when halibut are onboard the vessel. Longleader gear fishingmay be combined with a halibut trip, but only outside of 40 fathoms, and once rockfish are on board, no further halibut fishing is allowed.

Daily Fishing report-July 16th

The bottom fishing was excellent today as the water warmed up into the 50’s and the bite of the rockfish was on in the more shallow water reefs for rockfish. Several of the boats took advantage of the nice ocean conditions and ventured out into the deeper water one in the 120-foot range and the other in the 150+ range.  The rockfish limit was not achieved on either boat but they were close but the Lingcod bite was just fantastic with one boat limiting passengers and crew.  Look at the specimen in the picture to the right which was a 43-inch  fish weighing in at 30+ pounds caught on the mr max.  We call those types two names: a “Big Boy” or “CodZilla”. Theater picture shows the fish spread out for a Kodak moment on the filet table.

Salmon fishing three days ago was fantastic but the following day only average. The next day it was pretty good that being yesterday but today it cooled off for a slower bite. Tomorrow is another day.


Thursday fishing report-July 15th

July 15, 2021

We had the Coast Guard buoy tender out in front of the harbor servicing the buoy’s we use here for navigation.  (Nice ocean huh?)

Bottom fishing report only available on one of the boats fishing the deeper water  as the rest were fishing in the more shallow water and no report as of yet.  The one boat was fishing in the 120-140  foot range and it was terrific fishing with a boat limit including crew on the Lingcod with many of them 15-20 pound specimens.  They also sent back to the file table a good selection of Canary and Black rockfish.

No reports on the crabbing today.

The salmon bite was much better today then yesterday with somewhere around 1 take-home fish per customer with other boats a little less then that.  It was better by quite a bit then yesterday with lots of throw back fish.  Sounds ike some more good fishing is heading our way out of the reports from the south.

Fishing report-July 14th

It was bound to happen and it did on two fronts.

The salmon bite went downhill this morning as the fish have either moved further north or the cold water just made them dive into deeper water which is out of reach for charter vessels. There was still action and we did catch some but not like it has been. We also heard that Newport experienced the same thing so we are thinking the great school of fish we had here for close to a week have moved north where they naturally go.  Now we wait for the next school of fish to get to our area out of the south or deeper waters.  We will keep you informed.

The bottom fish bite also took a nose dive today as it was a real struggle to get anything to bite as our catch scores were quite low today.  The 47-degree water has a lot to do with that.  The ocean weather was improving this afternoon and some areas were showing 49-50 degree temperatures so hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Oregon Salmon Index Update-July 13th

July 13, 2021

So far thru July 11th (Sunday) we have caught 14,103 Coho salmon out of our 120,000 fish quota.  That puts the percentage at 11.8% of the available quota caught.  Most of the fish caught are from Winchester Bay north which is helping us to keep the season open.  The south coast is hardly seeing any Coho salmon caught which is historically about right where they have more of a Chinook salmon catch.  Newport has the greatest number of fish caught as it has many more angler trips going out then any of the other ports..

Lets hope that things keep going for us here in Depoe Bay as a few of the skippers I have talked to who have chartered out of Depoe Bay for many-many years all say that this is the best salmon fishing we have seen in 30+ years.

Tuesday fishing report-July 13th

Bottom fishing improved a little bit from yesterday asn the 47-degree water is slowly starting to warm up and the fish are responding better today then they did yesterday and a few days before.  The Lingcod bite is pretty good as they seem to like the colder water better then the rockfish do.

Salmon fishing today remains excellent even though it appeared from one viewpoint that there was a tiny-tiny bit less action then the past few days. It was still fantastic as we had limits on our boats today.

Crabbing remains just around a little below average from past years at this time with possibly 2-3 per person depending on the boat.

Monday fishing report-July 12th

July 12, 2021

Bottom fishing was decent today with the rockfish bite a little slower then normal but still good catches.  The really good news this morning was that the Lingcod were biting better then the rockfish bite and lots of them came to the filet table today.

No word on the crabbing this morning.

Salmon fishing today was again phenomenal.  Two boat out this morning and both back early with limits for passengers and crew including a few King salmon.  Some pictures of todays catch included.

Sunday fishing report-July 11th

Bottom fishing was a little slow up in the north area off Lincoln City we were told and was really hot down south of Depoe Bay.  A few lingcod were caught but not all that many today.

The crabbing report was pretty good for the boats out in about 60-70 feet of water off the beach area north of Depoe Bay with one boat bringing in 40+.

Salmon fishing continues to be excellent with three boats today limiting and the fish are gaining weight it seems by the day.  There were a few in the 8-pound range today and one nice King salmon reported.  The picture on this report off the Mariner and his limit catch in about 3 1/2 hours.

Saturday fishing report-July 10th

July 11, 2021

Crabbing continues over the past 3-4 days to get a little better each day as (they might) be finally getting into the more shallow waters.  Its just easier for us to get them in the more shallow water and much easier for the folks on the boats to pull-up the pots.

Bottom fishing was good today with lots of rockfish and quite a few Cabezon once again hitting the filet tables. There was a fair assortment of Lingcod in the mix as well.

Salmon continues to be red hot with the Mariner back into the harbor with a limit by 8am just two hours after leaving the harbor.  As you can see from the pictures the folks onboard display there catch and take a look at those beautiful filets.

Friday fishing report-July 9th

July 9, 2021

A fishing report today depended on where you were.  Some of the boats up north reported slow fishing and one boat fishing south had a really good bite which a good number of Lingcod.

Only heard the report from one boat from the morning and that boat reported 7-8 per person certainly better then what it has been lately.

Salmon fishing was really good again but maybe just a touch slower then the past few days.  The only thing that made it a touch slower is that there were too many throw back fish and not enough to limit on the take home fish.  But as you can see from the pictures really nice and very healthy Cobo salmon.


Thursday fishing report-July 8th

Bottom fishing today was very good especially the more shallow water with lots of rockfish and lots of Cabezon hitting the filet tables.

 Crabbing was only fair with pots full of crabs but most of them were the girl crabs but there were quite a few boy crabs in with all of the girls.

Salmon continues to be spectacular with limits on our two morning boats and an afternoon boat went out and limited in about an hour with two nice King salmon hitting the hooks.  One is in the picture below.

Wednesday fishing report-July 7th

July 7, 2021

Salmon fishing was without any argument absolutely amazing this morning with Non-stop action.  One of  our boats was quite a good distance south down by the Yaquina Head lighthouse and the other off Whale Cove five miles out about 220 feet of water. The one picture shows the catch off a smaller vessel with a family charter with there limit catch.  Really nice lookin fish this morning including this nice Chinook salmon.

Bottom fishing was decent today but not Red Hot.  Good catch of rockfish and saw some nice Lingcod on the filet table as well.

Crabbing has been up and down the past week but today was one of the “UP” days as we had some decent catches in deeper water this morning.  

Tuesday fishing report-July 6th

July 6, 2021

Salmon fishing was pretty decent today but possibly not as good as it was the two previous days.  One of our vessels out today got two-thirds of the fish needed and spoke to having to throw back about a dozen wild salmon and had another dozen fish on and lost.  So not limist but good action for the folks onboard.

The bottom fishing we were told was a little on the slow side with some good drifts early in the trips then they pretty much turned off towards the end of the trip.

Monday fishing report-July 5th

July 5, 2021

No TW boats out on the salmon grounds today but we will have the next three days for sure.  The word was that they are still around in good numbers but the folks are having to throw back many of them because they still have the adipose fin which makes them wild fish so the experts say.

Bottom fishing today was spotty even though most of the boats for TW came home with limits of rockfish or really close.  Quite a few Cabezon were caught today as that season opened July 1st.  Not many Lingcod were reeled in today as the Northwest winds returned this morning cooling down the water and then there is the abundance of bait fish in our area presently.

Crabbing we were told did improve slightly this morning.

Sunday fishing report

July 4, 2021

Happy 4th of July America

In what appears to be huge numbers Salmon as even with all of our vessels this morning bottom fishing all of the boats were reporting either salmon being caught and returned (barbless hook rule) or salmon chasing lures.  They hardly ever stay in one spot for long periods of time so better call TW and get on down here.

Bottom fishing this morning was a little slower then it has been with all of the big boats fishing really close to home but in a five hour trip it appears that all got the job done on the rockfish anyhow.  The Lingcod bite has been slow the past week or more probably because of the amount of bait in the water. Here is one of the Lingcod which was still hungry and bit a hook on the Mr Max. The fish have to be plugged full of bait/food.  Interesting that the rockfish are even biting with this amount of bait but they are coming up with mouths full of the stuff.

Remember its Cabezon season as well . (see pic to right)

No word yet on todays crabbing but it has been quite slow especially for this time of year.

Afternoon salmon trip at TW

The Coho’s are Here !!!

Saturday fishing report – Salmon Alert Below

July 3, 2021


The Salmon appear to be here.  A few sport boats known too this reporter are catching quite a few this morning on a rocky ocean but if your catching who cares…RIGHT?  The TW charter boats all bottom fishing were catching Coho salmon while bottom fishing so the secret is out.  Better give us a call and get down here and get some salmon for the freezer.

few bottom fishing boats bay in already with rockfish limits and one boat caught quite a good number of Lingcod in the deeper water.Kinda a wishy-washy ocean this morning but it seemed to be getting a little better as the morning went on.  Someone needs to tell the Ocean Gods that summer is here.

Crabbing is back to being a little poky again.  It should be about the time that the crabbing starts picking up for the summer but not yet especially in the shallow water.

Friday fishing report

July 2, 2021

Three boats out this morning and one was back in in less then two hours and the other two came under the bridge right on the 5-hour trip mark.  No information came our way but from what was being said on the radio fishing must have been pretty good.  If we get some more information later in the day we will pass it on to you.

Thursday fishing report

July 1, 2021

No trips out today due to rough bar conditions.

Some good Salmon news (maybe)??

June 30, 2021

Was looking at the ODFW Salmon index information and for the first time there is an indication that the fish are on there way up to our area and pretty soon it looks like. The ports of Brookings, Charleston and Winchester Bay in southern Oregon have shown marked increases in the number of salmon being caught this past week with quite a few take home fish as well.  There is also increases in Florence and Newport so hopefully in a few days things will get going around here.  Keep your fingers crossed and tune back in for the best and most accurate information on the ocean fisheries around.

Wednesday fishing report

We had 2-3 vessels out this morning and they were all spotted up around the Government Point area about a mile north of the city at that time in the morning. The boats were out at 6:30pm and all three were back in early (actually quite early) with rockfish limits.  No word on the Lingcod catch.

One of the boats salmon fished for a while with nothing biting.

Crabbing was only mediocre this morning as most of the boats here the past few weeks have been putting their pots right out front in the deeper water.  The bite out there went from really great about a month ago to really bad about a week or so ago then began to pick up some this past week.

We have a Halibut boat going out the next three days and there is one spot open for Thursday only.

Summer weather here beginning Wednesday

June 28, 2021

Looking for a nice day to be on the ocean and do some fishing?  The weather reports were seeing show a little windy day and choppy conditions for tomorrow. The weather for the future ocean forecast shows light winds and nice ocean conditions for the rest of the week thru Sunday.  Come spend our nations birthday weekend at the Central Oregon Coast and book a fishing trip with the best fleet of skippers on the coast at Tradewinds Depoe Bay.  The fishing should be really good.

Monday fishing report

No salmon trips today as we are trying to inform the folks of the fishing being quite slow and awaiting the arrival of more fish.  When that happens the TW fleet will be on them.

The bottom fishing was “red hot” this morning with doubles coming pretty much on every line it seemed.  The Mr Max reported in that he was done very quickly on the rocklish limit and spent a few more hours out there trying to lure a few Lingcod to bite the hooks.  Only a few of the Ling’s bit the hooks today.  Kind of a bouncy ocean so the boats after about three hours called the trips and came home early.

Crabbing is better the past few days in the depth of 80-100 feet and we have been bringing back in some decent scores.  Hoping these crabs begin to move into the more shallow water so not as much of a chore for the passengers pulling them up.

Sunday fishing report

June 27, 2021

We had all of the vessels in the Tradewinds fleet out fishing today except for one and the fishing was almost identical to yesterday. With half or so of the boats limiting on the rockfish with a few Lingcod and the others coming close to a fishing limit but ending up just a few short.

The good news of the day was the crabbing with the catch numbers beginning to get much better again out in the slightly deeper water maybe in the 80-90 foot range.

Saturday fishing report

June 26, 2021


Had one boat out on the salmon grounds this morning and there were not many fish but we did get this nice take-home Chinook salmon.  We had one other throw back Coho salmon and the word relayed to us this afternoon is that they might be here in 7-10 days as we are getting some good reports out of Coos Bay and Brookings.

Sounds like we also had a good bottom fishing bite with several boats limiting out on the rockfish with some nice lingcod and a few others that did not quite meet the limit standard but had really nice quality fish but just a few short.  The Kadaho just weighed into this report with 21-limits of rockfish and 10-11 nice Lingcod fishing really close to home.  A cool picture of a couple kissing there dinner tonight.  Great day on a nice ocean especially after the fog lifted.

Friday fishing reports

Sorry but NO fishing reports turned in for this day.

Thursday fishing report

June 25, 2021

One boat back in early follow by another boat back in early and that means limits of rockfish on those vessels.The 50′ Kadaho left a few hours later in the morning because of a minus tide for safety reasons on the bar entrance and also finished up early in the later part of the morning.  He had a limit of rockfish and a few over 20-Lingcod on his catch like the one to the right..  Thats a really nice catch on a really beautiful late June fishing ocean.

Wednesday fishing report

June 23, 2021

We had two boats out on the bottom fishing reefs this morning and one was back in a little before 9am.  That would mean a limit of rockfish for that vessel and we noticed that the boats were fishing close to home just al little on the north side of the harbor.  The ocean looked fairly nice this morning with a little light fog/fog rain in the area.

Tuesday fishing report

June 22, 2021

Another good day out on the Pacific bottom fishing with the Kadaho reporting with a really solid rockfish bite as you can see from the picture to the right.  Looks like the Kadaho was fishing out in the deeper water with all of those beautiful Canary rockfish in the fish totes.  You can also see some nice Lingcod in the tote as well under the canary’s.  Not quite as good Lingcod fishing this morning from yesterday but it was pretty darn good for the summer months with the one passenger catching his limit this morning not the “Cod”.

The weather is improving after 4-5 days of wind, fog and rough seas as it look more like summertime weather this morning.

Monday fishing report

Four big boats out on the ocean this morning with all four bottom fishing with one on a 8-hour combo with salmon and bottom fishing. Only one boat reported in the Kadaho and he had a terrific trip on the bottom fishing grounds with total limits on the rockfish and also not a limit but really close to one on the Lingcod as well.  Take a look at some of these great pictures of the catch today.

Sunday fishing report

June 21, 2021

Salmon fishing is still pretty slow but with some information from the south we do expect things to begin to improve here pretty soon.

Crabbing folks this weekend came to a low point so far this year where there were very few caught.  We advise you folks out there who have crabbing plans when going out fishing with us to check with the office on how things are going day to day.

Bottom fishing was excellent over the entire weekend even with fishing in pea soup fog on Sunday and windy and choppy conditions.  There was no swell so to speak so that made it a little more comfortable.  Lingcod fishing was decent on Saturday but slowed some on Sunday.

Saturday fishing results

June 19, 2021

The salmon bite today was not good with one fish caught that had to be returned and a few other take downs.  Pretty disappointing based on the predictions of a great season but I assure they just have not shown up yet in our area.  We will always give you the accurate information that we have to date and will certainly very quickly let you know when the do arrive here off of Depoe Bay.

The bottom fishing like the salmon fishing was sporadic as we just have very cold water down in the 47-48 degree zone which is not good for both salmo0n and bottom fishing.  We have had a lot of northerly winds here that past few days and from early Friday to this afternoon the water temps have dropped around 10-11 degrees.  Fish get cold also.  One boat did find some biters and limited on the rockfish and had 6-7 Lingcod as a add-on. The heavy winds will  be dropping off sometime tomorrow as the heat in the valley subsides.

Thursday fishing report

June 18, 2021

It was a pretty nice morning on the bottom fishing reefs even though it was a little windy out there but no swell so to speak.  All of the boats from the reports we heard got limits or very close to limits on the rockfish and one boat came home with 8-9 Lingcod.  Crabbing was not good today at all as there were not many crabs in the shallow water reels up north.

Wednesday fishing report

June 17, 2021

Two vessels out for TW this morning and it looked like one was fishing up north and the other just out in front of the harbor.  No reports were available so far this evening.

Tuesday fishing report

June 15, 2021

A good day out on the pond this morning with 3 big boats and one 6-pac boat out there on the bottom fishing grounds.  No salmon boats out there for TW this morning.

The bottom fishing was excellent with limit reports coming from all of the boats out there with lots of really nice sized black and blue rockfish and a decent assortment of Lingcod. Some of the pictures added here show some of the nice “COD” and two of them Cod-zilla in the size range.

 Crabbing was mixed with boats in one area of the deeper water spots did not produce much but another boat had decent crabbing just about 4 to 5 football fiends to the north.  So go figure?? One of the pots on a big boat did really well in a “super secret spot” that only a very few know about!!

Monday fishing trips

June 14, 2021

We had the entire fleet out this morning with half of them fishing bottom fish and the other half on the salmon grounds.

On the bottom fishing side all three boat got limits on very close on the rockfish side but not a whole lot of Lingcod bit the hooks today which were legal.  One boat reported lots of “shorties” but only a few legal ones they were able to bring home.  Crabbing was better today but the deeper water crabbing has slowed down some which leaves us to believe that maybe they are settled into the shallow water like they do in the summer months.

On the salmon side not much action at all.  One boat had the best score with two take home Coho salmon and the other two had one fish and none on the other with several take downs but nothing that could be kept.  When the ODFW opened this season earlier this year then ever before in the past 10-15 years there was skepticism abound on how good it might be in the first 2-3 weeks.  There are some out there but they were quite small ones in the 4-5 pound range.  They will get bigger as the summer goes on and so will the numbers of fish caught in our area also as the summer goes on. Last year we had a quota around 18,000 fish and this year because of the way the ODFW makes these predictions they gave us 120,000 fish.  So we know it should be a good summer of salmon catching we just have to wait till they get here.  Normally the Coho salmon start out more on the south coast and work there way up here and in past years as far back we can remember the better fishing normally started to get better late June into the rest of the summer.  So stay tuned for accurate reports and when to give us a call for better salmon fishing.

Sunday fishing report

June 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

Mid-afternoon Saturday fishing report

June 12, 2021

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

Too Rough on Friday

June 11, 2021

Windy, wet and rough ocean today.

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

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

June 10, 2021

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

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

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

(Friday Trips)

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


Wednesday fishing report

June 9, 2021

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

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

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

Tuesday report

June 7, 2021

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

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

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

Fishing trips cancelled Sunday and Monday

June 6, 2021

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

Saturday fishing report

June 5, 2021

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

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

Friday Fishing report

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

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

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

(Offshore Halibut Day)

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

Thursday fishing report

June 4, 2021

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

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

Wednesday fishing report

June 3, 2021

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

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

Tuesday fishing report

June 2, 2021

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

More rockfish regulations begin Tuesday, June 1st

May 31, 2021

(June 1st 2021)

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

Memorial Day 2021

May 30, 2021

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


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

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

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

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

May 29-30 Weekend of fishing

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

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

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

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

Friday fishing report

May 28, 2021

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

Thursday fishing report

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

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

Wednesday fishing report

May 26, 2021

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

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

Monday report

May 24, 2021

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

Sunday fishing report

May 23, 2021

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

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

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

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


Saturday fishing report

May 22, 2021

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

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

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

(Afternoon trips)

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

( Halibut Report)

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

Thursday fishing report

May 20, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday fishing report

May 18, 2021

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

Monday fishing report

May 17, 2021

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

Sunday fishing report

May 16, 2021

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

Saturday fishing report

May 15, 2021

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

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

Thursday fishing report

May 14, 2021

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

Wednesday fishing report

May 12, 2021

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

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

Sunday fishing report

May 9, 2021

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

A couple of weather days

May 7, 2021

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

ODFW announces bag limit reduction for sport bottomfish

May 6, 2021

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

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

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


Wednesday fishing report

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

Sunday fishing report

May 2, 2021

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



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

Saturday fishing report

May 1, 2021

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

ODFW announces updates on Pacific halibut sport fishing season openings

April 29, 2021

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

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

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


Wednesday Fishing Report

April 28, 2021

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

Great Day !!!

Better Weather Day & Even Better Fishing On Sunday

April 25, 2021

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

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

Saturday Fishing Report

April 24, 2021

(Report from Mr Max)

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

ODFW approves 2021 Halibut seasons

April 23, 2021

Central Oregon Coast Subarea (Humbug Mountain to Cape Falcon)

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

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

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

Sunday morning fishing report

April 18, 2021

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

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

Saturday fishing report

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

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

Another good extended weather forecast

April 17, 2021

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

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

Friday morning fishing report

April 16, 2021

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

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

2021 Ocean Salmon season approved by PFMC

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

Call our office or book online for Salmon trips this summer

Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. (Depoe Bay Area)

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

Thursday fishing report

April 15, 2021

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

Fishing charter weather Wednesday thru Sunday

April 13, 2021

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

 “Fish On”  !!

Ocean weather update – April 12th

April 12, 2021

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

Saturday April 10th

April 10, 2021

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

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

Wednesday April 7th fishing report

April 7, 2021

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

Tuesday morning fishing report

April 6, 2021

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

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

Morning fishing report / 4/5

April 5, 2021

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

Happy Easter Everyone

April 4, 2021

Saturday fishing report

April 3, 2021

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

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

Friday morning fishing report

April 2, 2021

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

Friday update….

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

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


Wednesday morning ocean report

March 31, 2021

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

Bad weather upon us

March 30, 2021

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

Sunday morning fishing trips March 28th

March 28, 2021

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

Saturday March 27th fishing report

March 27, 2021

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

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

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

In Memory of Captain Dustin

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

Fish On!

Wednesday March 24th report

March 24, 2021

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

Sunday afternoon trip

March 22, 2021

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

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

March 21st fishing report

March 21, 2021

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

All the boats out this morning

March 13, 2021

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

Beautiful Ocean and Great Fishing

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


Ocean Chinook Salmon Season

March 11, 2021

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

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

Early springtime Lingcod fishing

March 10, 2021

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

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

Very early salmon season information

March 8, 2021

Salmon Mascot

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

Selective season (June-August)

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

non-selective season (September)

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

Were up and running fishing trips

March 1, 2021

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

Some great Salmon season news folks

February 26, 2021

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

2021 pre-season Salmon meeting notice

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


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

2021 Halibut regulations approved by IPHC for Central Oregon Coast

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

Central Oregon Coast Subarea

Spring All-Depth Season:

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

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

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

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

New things coming for Tradewinds Charters Depoe Bay

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

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