Whale Watching Report
Windy-but the whales don’t care
April 22, 2018
Windy out on the waters this afternoon but the whales are in pretty close and feeding along the shoreline. Lots of trips today despite the windy conditions.
No-Go for Saturday
April 21, 2018
It was a beautiful sunny day but the ocean after a rain and wind storm on Friday evening into early Saturday produced a 9-10 foot swell breaking in the entrance so we cancelled for the day. It looks quite a bit better for tomorrow and at least thru Monday.
April 20, 2018
Lots of whales right out in front of Depoe Bay feeding and seemingly staying in the area. That is a good thing as it means that they might be here to stay for the summer months.
Finally got out Thursday
After about two weeks off the water due to bad ocean conditions we were out there and we did see whales. They are quite close in only about a half mile or so offshore and seem to be feeding which might give us the clue that they are here for the duration of the summer months.
Three days of nice weather
April 18, 2018
The forecast experts are predicting some nice weather on and off the ocean waters the next three days with sunshine, low winds and swell thru Friday. The whales are still out there so still a good time to come down and view the migration and resident whales. Right now the weekend ocean weather looks unsettled at this time but that also can change.
April 13, 2018
The forecast looks like it is getting somewhat better but you need to call the office about the weekend as it might be marginal as it looks now. Sometimes the NOAA forecast stays offshore and the inshore picture can be a lot different so keep in touch with the office staff for what they are thinking. We will do the same here.
Not a good forecast coming up
April 11, 2018
For the 2nd straight week we have a rainy, windy and moderate seas forecasted it looks like thru next weekend. That can change however and we will keep any eye on it for you but right now it does not look very encouraging.
Friday whale watch report
April 7, 2018
We got out today before the next storm hits over the weekend and as it has been it was terrific whale watching today. We saw whales both in the shallow waters near the coastline that seemed to be feeding and then the ones heading faster to the north outside a few miles. Looks like a few days off here for the weekend with a major rain and wind storm approaches the area tonight. Monday sounds really good with another storm hitting the area Tuesday and Wednesday as it looks so far.
Weather on the Oregon Coast can be unpredictable
April 5, 2018
The weather forecast for the ocean waters off of the Depoe Bay Area is not very good for the next 3-4 days but strange things happen this time of year. So, keep up-to-date with us by looking at our reports as the days go on and we will let you know what to expect day to day. Today, Thursday is not a day you might want to come down to go fishing or whale watching.
Lots of whales
April 3, 2018
There were lots of whales we saw on the fishing trips both inside closer to the shoreline and offshore from where the boats were fishing. The whale watch boats were closer back towards Depoe Bay and seeing just as many. There are really lots of them around right now.
Wet weather is back
April 1, 2018
After a very nice Oregon spring break week the week ahead looks pretty “nautical” as we like to call it. Sounds like rain just about every day thru even the first part of the week following the upcoming one with periods of windy conditions and rough seas to boot. Tuesday of next week looks about the best day of the next week or so. Sometimes these weather reports do not pan out so better just to say that it will be a day to day call as to our activities. As spring gets in a little deeper we will see many more good days then bad ones. I did hear the groundhog did see his shadow!
Happy Easter Everyone from the Tradewinds staff
Have a great day together with your family
a little offshore was the whale watch spot to be
March 31, 2018
There were a few whales inshore along the shoreline but most of the migration was about 32-25 fathoms offshore which is about 3-5 miles to the west. There were quite a few breaching whales out there earlier in the day as reported by fishing boats. Hopefully the cruise boats got to see that also.
Same thing day after day
Not a whole Lot to add as not a lot has changed on the whale front. The sightings are spectacular with whales inshore feeding and whales offshore speeding north on the migration. Everyday has been special even with the occasional pod of Orca whales pushing thru. If you have time come on down.
Whales like the past few weeks… EVERYWHERE
March 29, 2018
One of the fishing boats reported on his way back to port that he saw folks watching whales south of Depoe Bay right around the entrance buoy. Some more a little north and then there were those whales wanting to swim in a little deeper water who were a mile or so offshore. Beautiful weather and a great time to view the migrating whales and those just feeding off the kelp beds in the Depoe Bay Area. Sounds like great weather clear into next week sometime. Call Tradewinds @ 541-765-2345 as we most certainly are the best around.
Only one trip out Tuesday
March 27, 2018
After a nice ocean in the morning for the fishing boats the winds came in along with a 7-foot swell which produced a rough bar and we cancelled the rest of the day. Hope for better tomorrow as the forecast says it should be. Yes, we still did see whales.
Rain and wind but lots of whales
March 26, 2018
It was certainly a rainy day with some breeze and choppy ocean conditions but we still took a bundle of folks out to see the whales and there were lots of them to see. It appeared that they were concentrated around three-quarters of a mile to a mile offshore.
Sunday whale watching
March 25, 2018
Not only a huge number of Gray whales to watch Sunday but we all got a real treat when a few of these Orca whales showed up. Only @ Tradewinds Depoe Bay
All hands on deck !!
All boats available which was four large boats today are out there presently watching the steady stream of whales going by. We even held one boat out of a fishing trip this morning to begin whale watching early in the morning. Anyhow, plenty of whales to see both inshore and the typical this time of year offshore models.
Sunday looking good
March 23, 2018
At this hour it looks like we are looking at Sunday to be the next really nice day and that should continue into next week. Looking at very little wind and a small swell for Sunday.
Wednesday whale watch report
March 22, 2018
No official report today from the operators but from the shoreline it was not difficult to see the whales out there right in front of the harbor about a half mile out. A little nautical ocean weather in the forecast the next two days with growing swell, wind and rain with improvement by the weekend in the forecast.
Whales in close on Tuesday
March 20, 2018
Normally the migrating whales are further offshore but today and yesterday they were right in on the beach only about a half mile offshore or so. Quite few of them also. No Orca whales so far today like yesterday but we are looking for them. Orca’s are a little different…here one hour and the next hour they can be long gone.
Not just Gray whales today but also Orca whales
It was a great whale watch day with as many Gray whales as you would want to see but also we were trilled out there to follow a pod of Orca whales as you can see in the picture above. Unlike the Gray whales which are predictable when they will and will not be in our area the Orca whales show up when they want to. Usually we do see some in the month of May but this is way early from those dates. It was still fantastic to see them.
Sunday whale watch report
March 18, 2018
On all the WW trips on Sunday we certainly saw whales and they were inshore as well as a few miles offshore. The inshore whales for what ever reason were pretty bashful and did not want to cooperate much but the ones that were 3-5 miles offshore came right up next to the boat on several occasions. Good day…a little windy and rainy but none-the-less a good day.
Whales a few miles offshore on Saturday
March 17, 2018
As the ocean conditions slowly began to improve Saturday afternoon some our whale watch boats found the migrating whales about 3-miles straight offshore from the harbor in about 190-200 feet of water. They were moving pretty quickly as they tend to do on the migration run.
Thursday whale watching
March 15, 2018
Back out whale watching on Thursday after a few days of wind and rain and we found two whales on our trips out about three miles offshore. That is a normal distance this time of year as these are the migrating whales and they are on the move back north to wherever they are headed. The Depoe Bay resident whales which are exactly the same as these critters we are seeing now have adopted the Depoe Bay Area as we have for sure it seems lots of food here for them. They always seem to show up sometime in May maybe a little earlier and possibly a little later. None the less, we will have sightings clear thru early fall.
Monday afternoon whale watch report
March 12, 2018
Just like the entire weekend lots of migrating whales out there and our boats found them easily and the folks onboard had a great time with some good Kodak moments. Things should be really good most of the spring with the arrival of our resident whales in the later part of spring to spend time with us all summer long.
Sunday whale report
If there was ever a doubt if the northerly Gray whale migration has indeed begun all doubts are aside now as there are plenty of them in the area. Today we were watching quite a few of them going by about three miles offshore.
Whales on Saturday
March 11, 2018
Had a good day whale watching with three boats taking the folks out today on multiple trips during the afternoon. They appear to be back a little early and are quite close to the shoreline about a half mile offshore maybe a bit more. Heard that they are traveling but putting on good shows.
A little early but the whales are showing up
March 10, 2018
Normally the return northerly migration of the Gray whales does not start to appear in some numbers till about ten days or so from now. They appear to have left the breeding & birthing grounds a little early as they are here already some of them about a hundred yards outside the channel entrance. Sounds like a good weather weekend so come on down and get on a Tradewinds whale watch boat and go out and see the 1st of the 2018 whales.
Whale Watching and Sportsman Shows
February 25, 2018
Tradewinds will be at two sportsman shows next weekend, March 1st thru the 4th. We will be at the Central Oregon Sportsman Show in Redmond, Oregon and also at the Idaho Sportsman Show in Boise, Idaho. If you are in the area please stop by and say Hi.
We are getting closer to the return run of the Gray Whales starting up somewhere around the 20th of March or so. We will begin to give you updates as we get closer to that date so keep in touch with us especially over the Spring Break weeks if you plan to be around the Oregon Coast.
Nasty weather along the coast
February 18, 2018
Not quite time yet for winter to begin to turn towards spring as we have had some really nasty ocean weather the past few days which will continue for a few more days before settling down. It is great for folks to come to the coast and view the ocean fury but not good at all for taking a ride out to view the whales. The ocean outside of Depoe Bay is closed for boat travel and will remain so for a few more days. The whales for the most part now are out of the area even though we still continue to see a few traveling thru from time to time. Probably the best advise right now is if whales is what you want to see you might wait till the northerly migration begins in our area around the 20th of March and beyond. We will let you know when things begin to improve weather wise as well as the northerly migration beginning.
Finally some nice weather
February 1, 2018
Friday thru Monday we are finally looking at some nice ocean weather after several weeks of not-so-nice conditions. We are planning some whale watching trips even though with the bad weather we are going to have to do some exploring to see what is still out there. Give the office a call for reservations @ 541-765-2345. We will post information about any sightings as soon as we get some information.
Excellent Whale Watching
January 15, 2018
All of the whale watch trips we have taken before the holidays up to today have been excellent with whale sightings on every one of our excursions. Tradewinds has always been the #1 whale watch charter service on the Oregon Coast. We have been the BEST in finding the whales even on the migration trips which can be tough going from time to time as they are not as easily found as summer whale watching. Sounds like some inclement weather moving in tomorrow thru the better part of the upcoming week. Keep in touch and we will let you know about the ocean weather and the whale sightings as we move towards the end of January.
Happy New Year -12/29/17
December 29, 2017
The staff and captains at Tradewinds Charters Depoe Bay would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and a great 2018. The ocean weather after today (Friday) sounds really nice for whale watching thru the middle of next week so come on down and enjoy watching Gray whales with the best whale watch charter on the coast. Give us a call @ 541-765-2345 for your reservations.
Beautiful ocean and whales on the move
December 23, 2017
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
The word is the ocean is as flat as a floor today and NO rain in the forecast. Also, we have been seeing whales pretty much all morning out about three miles or so migrating to the south. We have trips schedules so far today at noon and 2pm. Take advantage of the good ocean weather folks.
December 22, 2017
Tradewinds Depoe Bay would like to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday season and the best wishes to you and your family for a most prosperous New Year. The whales are currently going by Depoe Bay in good numbers and when the ocean cooperates they are easily found around 3-miles right out in front of the Depoe Bay harbor. Give our office a call @ 541-765-2345 for reservations as we go daily over the holidays when the ocean weather is OK to go.
December 11, 2017
The migratory whales are here! We spotted them Sunday for the first time around 2-3 miles offshore. Should be great whale watching certainly all the way thru the holidays into the middle of January. Call ahead for reservations and ocean weather reports.
Happy Thanksgiving from Tradewinds Depoe Bay
November 21, 2017
We would like to take this time to wish all of our past, present and future customers a very Happy Thanksgiving from the staff and captains of Tradewinds Charters Depoe Bay. We hope all of you have a great day with your family and friends and hope to see all of you during the whale watch season. Remember the southerly migration whale watch season will begin around the 20th of December ocean weather permitting of course. Call the office for weather updates and trip details.
Same old…same old
September 4, 2017
Sorry folks…I know you like to hear about the whales but no use reporting on a daily basis as it is the same every day. Lots of whales and great trips and really terrific performing whales. Please be advised that by law and I know you would like to be right next to one but we have to stay I believe it is 300 feet from them. If they swim up next to us from 300 feet then that is cool. Just so you know.
Whales on the move
August 26, 2017
The whales having been right outside the channel entrance the past few weeks moved today. It took a portion of the trip to find them as they moved down south a mile or so. When we got there they were there feeding in a new spot. Same great whale watching.
Your stuff here
August 23, 2017
Not anything has changed on the whale watch trips as we are seeing multiple whales each and every day on each and every trip.
Continuous great whale watching
Not anything has changed on the whale watch trips as we are seeing multiple whales each and every day on each and every trip.
Total Eclipse was awesome
August 21, 2017
We all had a day off from fishing but what a show it was here in Depoe Bay as we got to be part of history with a total eclipse occurring here. The people who seem to know were right on in the prediction as exactly when as it was like a light switch being thrown. When it happened you could hear all of the folks on the bridge, along the sea wall and elsewhere began to scream at the sight of the sun behind the blockage of the moon. It was like being inside a packed arena after a great play. It was spectacular!!! Just as quickly as it got dark was just two minutes and it was over and the rays of the sun began to light things up again. It was a great show.
Still a few spots left on Eclipse Tour
August 17, 2017
Hey folks..the big day is just a few days away and just checking the weather it is suppose to be as of now next Monday the 21st sunny so hopefully that means a clear day in the morning to see the full ECLIPSE. We have a really nice tour planned with all the things you will need for a safe way to view the ECLIPSE with glasses, coffee, pastries and other memorabilia. So give us a call @ 541-765-2345 to make reservations. You will probably also have the opportunity to see the whales while you are out there on this approximately 2-hour tour leaving at 9am. See ya Monday.
August 12, 2017
The word above in title describes it well. Whales everywhere. They are right out in front of the harbor feeding in what has to be a bonanza of the shrimp they like to eat because there are quite a few of them in there. There are so many of them the fishing boats have to travel really slow coming into the harbor as they are surfacing right out in front of the harbor entrance. Great whale watching!!
EXCELLENT WHALE WATCHING
August 8, 2017
Tuesday was another day pretty much the same as any of the past 30 days or so with lots of whales to choose from and every trip was able to find them and watch them almost the entire hour. It is excellent whale watching just about every day with some days being even better SPECTACULAR.
Terrific whale watching as it has been all summer long
August 4, 2017
The whales are so easy to find as they are out there in good numbers feeding in and around the kelp beds which are abundant in the Depoe Bay area. Wanted to update the readers out there that the whale watching is teriffic and a great time to come down and see them.
A little wind and fog but no matter…lots of whales
July 30, 2017
It was windy and at times it was very foggy but there are so many whales they are still easily found. We had great success on all of our whale tours Sunday.
July 27, 2017
Was driving across the bridge at 5:30pm today and one of our whale watch boats was just coming back in as we ran seven whale watch excursions today. Hard to find enough new things to tell you about whale watching day in and day out as every day is the same. Really good whale watching with lots of whales to view both outside the entrance channel and both north and south of the city. It would not be incorrect to say we have the best whale watching on the Oregon Coast right here at Tradewinds in Depoe Bay.
Lots of whales
July 22, 2017
Getting a little like a recording but there are lots of whales out there pretty much in every direction. If you want to see whales not a better time to come down to Tradewinds Depoe Bay and see them.
July 20, 2017
Whales feeding right next to shoreline on Wednesday
Fishing is not good every day unlike the whale watching
July 18, 2017
Everyday it seems is good whale watching. Was out on a boat this morning fishing and we were fishing a little north and a little south of the harbor entrance and we were watching whales all five hours of the trip. Not sure just how many different ones we watched but it was more then a couple and probably multiple whales. Just quite a few around these days.
Whales & lots of them clear thru mid-October
July 16, 2017
This time of the summer we have as close to a 100% chance to see whales as you can get. It will be that way clear thru historically mid-October. If you come down and go whale watching with Tradewinds we can almost guarantee you will see them with the exception of those rare days that they seem to hide from us. Thats hard to do and have not had any of those days for a long time. Beautiful blue sky oceans for two weeks now and more to come by the forecaster people. The whale watchers today saw tail shots from the giants of the sea.
Lots of whale watchers today
July 13, 2017
Sure had lots of folks out on the boats today whale watching. Had two boats going petty much all day and the last one is out there on last trip of the day right now. Whales everywhere out there also so if you are looking for good sightings on boats with captains that hve lots of experience in watching and talking about the whales Tradewinds is the place to be.
Many many whales
No report from the boats but one of the fishing boats did report that he saw a whale or two up off Lincoln City in the fishing grounds and then saw a few more just north of the city on the way home. It was then reported that he saw lots of the whale watch boats south of the city and when he turned towards the entrance channel saw some more right out in front of the city. Bottom word: Lots of Whales!!
Nice ocean and lots of whales
July 11, 2017
The ocean was really nice with the usual afternoon winds coming up but all in all a good day to view whales and we had good sightings today. For the most part of the day they were right out in front of the city and a number of them in the area to view different ones.
Whales in both directions
July 7, 2017
There were whales right out front within a 5 minute boat ride and all of them were putting on decent shows. We had several to the north of the city and several more to the south of the city. There were also some about a mile or so south down off of Gull Rock. The ocean was beautiful today and it was a great day to watch Gray whales.
Lots of whales & WIND
July 3, 2017
We only ran one trip today and we should be proud that we stopped it there. Lots of whales out there but a really nasty ocean developed this afternoon with really heavy winds so hats off to our skippers and office staff for calling a halt for the rest of the day. We did see the whales but it was blowing so hard as soon as the whales blew the wind took ahold of it and with all the wind chop it was even hard to watch them for long.
Lots of whales Saturday on July 1st
July 1, 2017
There were lots of trips on Tradewinds whale watch boats Saturday and we had great sighting all day both north and south of Depoe Bay.
Lots of whales Thursday
June 29, 2017
We had good whales all day today with quite a few of them north of Depoe Bay up where the fishing boats were and quite a few more right out in front of the city. One trip they were right next to the seawall and good sightings from the highway above the water. Lots of whales in the area.
The Reservation site is back up and running
The RESERVATION link on the website is back up and running. We hope it will stay running as we design a totally NEW & better website coming soon.
Need to make a reservation?
June 28, 2017
Our reservation link on our website is not working right now and is being fixed so until we get it back on-line please call our office directly at 541-765-2345. Our agents in our office will take care of all your requests no matter if they are fishing or for whale watching. The Information Request link is still operational.
Beautiful day and lots of whales
June 24, 2017
It is a beautiful sunny warm day in Depoe Bay and the whales are about a half mile offshore right out in front of Depoe Bay putting on great shows for the folks on the Tradewinds cruise boats. Good day to be here.
WHALES SIGHTINGS GOOD EVERY DAY
June 18, 2017
Not a whole lot of specifics but from the word out there there are really good sightings every day we get out there as we are seeing whales every day feeding in and around the Depoe Bay area.
June 11, 2017
We heard the above phrase on the radio today as there were 3-4 pods of whales out there all in different spots but fairly close together. The folks saw a bunch of different whales on our trips this afternoon.
Whales around every day
June 10, 2017
The past few days to a week there have ben quite a good number of whales in the area and today they were right out in front of the harbor where some days we have to go a mile or so either north or south to find them. We do find them every day it seems.
Saturday whale sightings
June 3, 2017
No official report in today but on my way back from the south I did see our whale watch boat along side a couple of those rubber rafts watching whales out there south of the city. So the whales must be in the area.
Orca whales all day long
May 27, 2017
This time of year [late May & 1st part of June] always seems to be good Orca whale sighting time as we were seeing them on all of our trips Saturday as we go out to see the resident Gray whales. Orca’s show up when they want to and unlike the Gray whales there is no specific schedule. Not sure if we saw any of the Gray whales today but when we get a chance to see the incredible “Killer Whales” we do that 1st priority.
Saturday afternoon whale watching
Looks like the Orca Whales are in our area
A good week seeing whales in our area
May 21, 2017
Have not heard a report for today, Sunday, yet but we do know that we have had a good week thus far in finding the whales around our area. It is still a little early for some of the regulars to be here yet but it seems every week we see a few more beginning to frequent the area here to begin there summer feeding patterns.
Here some REAL whale watchers for you
May 19, 2017
These two girls in the picture to the right, Sarah & Darlyn, have been going with Tradewinds watching whales for a while and love doing it so much they had matching whale tattoos put on there fingers. Now these two gals are the REAL DEAL!!!!
Is some good whale watch weather on the way?
May 15, 2017
After a very bad winter and equally bad spring weather wise after tomorrow, Tuesday, the forecast for the close to shore ocean weather report looks really good for possibly as long as ten days or so. Lets hope it comes true and could be a good time to come down here and do some spring whale watching.
Mr Max goes the extra mile to see some breaching whales
May 10, 2017
Whale watching as we get closer to summer is heating up as we are beginning to see not only the usual Gray whales but the Humpback whales are also beginning to show up in our area now. Today our whale watch vessel Mr Max, started out with a few quick glances at the normal Gray whales next to the shoreline only a few hundred yards from the harbor entrance but heard of some Humpback whales offshore. Not sparing any suggestion of saving fuel the skipper quickly headed offshore 3-4 miles and not only found the Humpbacks but as the picture above shows they were breaching Humpback whales. Tradewinds tries to give our folks the best trip we can even at a little more expense to the operator. Three cheers for Mr Max.
Whales in the area on the move
May 8, 2017
The whales are around but it seems like the resident whales havenot fullly arrived yet as the majority of them whales we are seeing seem to still be moving in anortherly direction. Quite a few cows and calves are also on the move.
Lots of feeding whales in the area
April 29, 2017
As we get closer to summer the local resident whales are beginning to take up that residence in our area and will be with us through the summer months into the fall. Come on down and go with the best whale watch fleet on the coast. We have daily trips on nice ocean days.