Whale Watching Report

December 3, 2021


Thank you so much Tradewinds customoers

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.  We hope to be open by Christmas break.

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.


Saturday morning/afternoon whale watch 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.  So get down here today if you want to go out and see some whales before they leave the area on there southern migration.  We did get out today looking for the whales.

Afternoon news

Whale watching has been really good  so it is still a great time to get down here when the ocean weather is good and see the Gray whales.  It was really good Thursday and Friday of this week with the whales really close to home mainly right out in front of the city.  Today we found them but had to run a little ways up north to catch up to them.

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.


Whale watching ocean weather update

October 5, 2021

This Thursday thru Saturday looks to be really nice conditions with 6-foot swells and below.  Should be a good time to view the whales before they begin their migration to the south and won’t be back again till around the Christmas holidays.


Sunday morning 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 whale watch excursions we have planned for the week.


Saturday whale watch report

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.


Whale watching weather report

October 1, 2021

Its been a tough week weather wise and we are hoping to get out tomorrow (Saturday) as there looks like there will be break in the heavy swell we have been seeing here for the past week.


Ocean weather alert for Monday, September 27th

September 27, 2021

Ocean Weather Alert

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.


Tuesday morning September 21st

September 21, 2021

Looks like we are getting back to whale watching this afternoon and we will have more about the results later. The ocean weather looks good at least thru Friday.


Weekend thru Monday whale watching

September 17, 2021

Stormy seas are heading our way beginning tonight with rain, wind and growing seas.  The forecast as we speak looks like Tuesday being the next day we will be operating excursions.  Keep in touch with our office and this website as conditions do change.


Fall & Winter whale watch reports

September 15, 2021

We have entered the fall season and we will be running whale watch trips every day that we can have enough folks wanting to go.  The big crowds of the summer are gone and we might only be running one or two trips daily depending on the response.  The whales will be leaving for their migration to the south and histortically that is sometime in the month of October and then return for the northerly trip around the Christmas holidays.  We will update the whale watch report when we have information for you.  It was a great summer of whale watching.


Whale watching September 13th report

September 13, 2021

Later in the afternoon we were still running trips and the whales were spotted just on the south side of the city out about a half mile.  There were quite a few spouts so more then likely multiple whales in the area.


Sunday September 12th whale watch report

September 12, 2021

No whale watch trips today due to adverse ocean conditions out in front of Depoe Bay.


September 11, 2021


Friday September 10th whale watch report

September 10, 2021

Just a quick update that we still have plenty of whale sightings in the area and should have at least thru the middle part of October.  They are busy feeding along the shorelines and for the most part all of them put on good shows for the folks on the TW boats.


Have a good holiday

September 5, 2021

We had a good day watching whales at least for awhile.  As we get closer to fall the ocean starts to do things it does not do in the summer months that being non-predictable.  As we were out on a hazy really nice ocean watching whales down south a ways all of a sudden the ocean went from pretty much flat to a 7-8 foot swell in spots.  With that it was time to go home.  Crossing the bar was little interesting but our skippers are so very capable of dealing with fast changing oceans it was quite easy for them.  We did cancel the rest of the afternoon trips.


Saturday September 4th whale watch report

September 4, 2021

Probably the best day of the summer if you want to go whale watching.  There were multiple whales out there today times maybe three as the entire crew of whales in our area appeared to be around the Depoe Bay area.  There were two really good whales who were really performing for the folks about a half mile to the north of the city off Boiler Bay State Park along with multitudes of people watching from the state park.  There were also five whales right out in front of the harbor entrance also showing tail shots and putting on good shows for the people onboard the Tradewinds boats.  No one looked but I would bet the ranch that if we looked south we would find some down there as well.  Guessing at least 7-8 Gray whales for the TW folks on our vessels to see today.


Saturday August 28th whale watch report

August 28, 2021

A tough day on the ocean with quite a bit of wind and rough seas.  We did get fortunate at least on the early trips in the afternoon as the whales were inside the fog and not far enough out where the wind became a factor and there were at least 2-3 whales in that area for the TW folks to enjoy seeing.


Wednesday August 25th whale report

August 25, 2021

This time of the summer it becomes “somewhat redundant” to report daily on the whale sightings here and around Depoe Bay.  The whales for all intensive  purposes are here every single day and doing the same things on most days but move around to different settings.  We will try to report a much as we can especially if something special happens and we will certainly tell you in the mid-fall when they have left the area.  In the mean time whale watching is excellent and will remain that way for at least the next month and a little after that.


Monday August 23rd whale watch report

August 24, 2021

Multiple whales out in front of the city today with some were south of the harbor area about a half mile and then later in the day they moved right out in front of the seawall entrance to the harbor.


Sunday August 22nd whale watch report

August 22, 2021

Good to excellent whale watch reports today from the whale watch vessels with one reporting a whale was breaching out there but only did it once so was hard to catch from afar.  There were two whales in the vicinity and put on good shows for the folks onboard the TW boats.

We don’t talk about it much as these are whale reports but the amount of different kinds of sea birds we are seeing this summer is incredible.  There are so many of them out there and there are dozens of different types of them.  Even saw an Albatross the other day inshore and they are predominantly offshore birds.  We even see quite often eagles flying around and possibly nesting in the trees.  Then there are always the harbor seals and the sea lions that we see relaxing on the buoys as we head out into the ocean.  So we sell whale watch trips but they are much more along with the beautiful scenery.


Friday August 20th report

August 20, 2021

After 3 1/2 days off the water it finally looks like we will be back out there for whale watching starting at noon on Saturday.  See ya then.


Thursday August 19th whale watch information

August 19, 2021

We are hopeful that we will be able to resume whale watching tomorrow (Friday) around the noon hour after three days off due to adverse ocean conditions.  The forecast is suggesting that things should be cleared up by tomorrow mid-day so keep in touch with our office for more and any information especially beginning tomorrow morning.

So keep you fingers crossed & hopefully see ya tomorrow.


August 18th fishing report

August 18, 2021

Not much to report today as the entire fleet never even started an engine as the ocean was very rough and hazardous this morning.  Stay in touch with the office on any changes as we watch the ocean forecast and conditions we can observe from the shoreline in the next few days.

 

WHEN WE CANCEL TRIPS

For the education of our customers there are two types of charter vessels.  There are the certified vessels which can carry over 6-passengers a number determined by US Coast Guard inspections.  The other type are the uninspected 6-pac vessels which are limited to 6-passengers.  These vessels are regulated by the State of Oregon along with some federal regulations.The uninspected passenger carrying vessels (UPV’s) are solely regulated by the Coast Guard on the Depoe Bay bar and can not cross the bar when the regulation is over the documented length of the vessel.   The certified vessels are able to cross the bar when they see fit unless the bar is closed to a COTP closure (Captain Of The Port). When our customers get up early and come to the office and because of sometimes overnight changing sea conditions we only think of our passengers safety.  Another thing to consider is that when ocean conditions are rough catching fish makes it that much more difficult.  You are spending hard earned money to go on a fishing trip but also to catch fish and Tradewinds Depoe Bay takes that into consideration as well.  Getting you out on the water to enjoy time on the ocean and to catch some fish is our goal when conditions warrant.


Wednesday August 18th whale watch report

For the 2nd day in a row we suspended all whale watch trips due to rough ocean conditions.  We will be looking at this situation day to day so stay in touch with the office on hopefully changing conditions.


Daily whale watch report-Tuesday, August 17th

August 17, 2021

Sorry folks….no whale watching today.  A rather large summer swell came into the area as some will tell you a few days early and created a 8-10 foot swell.  The Depoe Bay bar also roughed up mid-morning and was somewhat difficult to cross.  For the total safety of all of our customers that Tradewinds always represents we closed down any whale watching for the day.  Hopefully conditions will improve by tomorrow.


Daily whale watch report-August 16th

August 16, 2021

The whales we were watching today were so close to the shoreline if you were on the rocks next to the water you might be able to reach out and touch one.  Maybe a small exaggeration but they were really close. Had some great tail shots from the Gray whales today as well.


Whale Watch report-August 14th

August 15, 2021

One whale was added to yesterdays total as we had two in the area this afternoon and both took time off from there feeding in the Depoe Bay area to put on good shows for the folks on the Tradewinds whale watch vessels.  It was a little foggy out there today because of the heat in the valley but the whales are easily found as most of the time the whale watch guys know the spots that they like to frequent.


Whale watch report-August 13th

August 13, 2021

Sounded like from the radio chatter that there was just one whale in the area today and it spent the day feeding on the reefs on south point a spot out by the entrance buoy just to the south of that.  Beautiful day to watch whales as after a very miserable rough day yesterday we were back out there with the folks onboard with Tradewinds.


Daily whale watch report-August 9th

August 9, 2021

Two whales were in the area today both of them on south point about a half mile out just south of the entrance buoy.  By the middle of the afternoon they had moved north of the city center area up almost to the Government Point park area.  Lots of folks out there today with TW watching the whales put on a show.


Whale watch report-August 8th

August 8, 2021

After two different looks out the window to see where the whales might be we noticed that one time they were just outside the channel entrance just a stone throw from the shoreline. The other time they were about a half mile out and a quarter mile south.  Saw a few spouts and a few whale tails so they were putting on good shows.


Whale watch report-August 7th

August 7, 2021

The fog went away just as the whale watch boats were on their way out and the whales were found easily on the north side of the harbor entrance about a quarter mile south.  There appeared to be multiple whales down there feeding in the rich waters around the Depoe Bay area.


Whale watch report-August 4th

August 5, 2021

Lots of whales out there as we ran trips from 11am this morning all the way up to 5pm.  Lots of folks boarded four TW cruise vessels to go out and see the Gray whales.  The weather has been foggy and a little choppy but all of that should be going away thru the weekend starting tomorrow with a good ocean weather forecast.


Weeknd whale watching-July 31-Aug 1

August 1, 2021

Excellent sightings both days and the whales are very close to the DEPOE BAY area that the one hour trips are 90% watching whales and not much traveling time.  They’re are multiple whales in the area all that have been here in past years and a few new ones.


Daily whale watch report-July 29th

July 30, 2021

Talk about lucky…Thursday was a very foggy day north and south of the Depoe Bay area but there was one area where it was only semi-foggy. That area was right out in front of Depoe Bay out almost a half mile and guess where multiple whales spent the entire day feeding? They spent the entire day right in that area where we had pretty good visibility and the whale watching today was excellent.


Daily whale watch report-July 26th

July 27, 2021

Even with some fairly thick fog our boats were able to find two whales to view and one was Scarback who as we mentioned earlier has been returning to this area for many years now. She is a really famous whale and if you google it you can read all about her.   Both whales put-on really good shows today.


Daily whale watch report-July25th

July 26, 2021

Lots of whale sightings today as the fleet was watching them about a mile north of the city and another bunch of boats were watching some more south of the city about a mile.  They were gone for one day a few says back but they have returned.


Saturday July 24th whale watch report

July 24, 2021

No reports as all of the boats ran a noontime cruise in a very thick fog .  We had a lot of boats out there looking and several of the bats did find one in the fog.  .


Daily whale watch report-Friday July 23rd

After yesterday not finding any whales on the last two cruises of the day today they finally showed up in the area again and one of them was Scarback.  Scarback is one of the whales who has been returning to the area and guessing here for the last 25+ years maybe more.


Daily whale watch report-July 22nd

July 22, 2021

The good and the bad of today’s whale watching.

The bad was we did not see any of the whales today.  The good is you can almost place a wager that they will be back tomorrow.  We hope anyhow?


Tuesday whale watch report-July 20th

July 20, 2021

The same as everyday here lately—fantastic whale watching.


Whale watch report – July 19th

July 19, 2021

Nothing new about the whales to tell you today except all is about as it has been the past weeks with lots of whales to see on the Tradewinds whale watch vessels and all of them are putting on great shows for our passengers.


Sunday whale watch report

July 18, 2021

Multiple whales right out in front of the harbor entrance feeding right next to the shoreline.  There were also some north of the city up along the time share condos.  Really good whale sightings today as it has been now for some time.


Whale watching report-Saturday July 17th

July 17, 2021

Just like the past month the whale watching has been excellent.  Hard to tell the story everyday about the whale watching as it remains the same with quite a few different whales in the area all putting on good shows for the folks onboard the TW vessels.


Whale watch report-Friday July 16th

July 16, 2021

Excellent whale watching on beautiful ocean as you can see in the picture enclosed.  The picture was taken from the Mr Max one of our WW boats and the other two boats also from TW are the Sunrise and the Kadaho.


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?)

The whales from yesterday are still here in good numbers with most of them really working for food in an area about a half mile offshore right out in front of the harbor entrance.  Excellent whale watching.


Wednesday whale watch report-July 14th

Many whales in the vicinity to see as we had several right out in front of the harbor area and at least 3-4 more south of Depoe Bay.  The ocean continues to improve with the best weather beginning tomorrow thru the weekend.


Tuesday whale watch report-July 13th

July 13, 2021

The Tradewinds whale watch vessels (all of them) are out on the waters watching the whales as we speak and they are here pretty much thru the first part of fall.  They are feeding in the nutrient rich waters around Depoe Bay and there is lots of stuff for them to eat. We are having great sightings on multiple whales and it is the best time of the year to come down and view the Gray whales.  You might have a chance on seeing a Humpback whale go by as they are in the area usually a little further offshore.  Get out of the valley heat and come down to the 65 degree weather and have a great family outing.  The weather forecast seems to be saying really nice weather thru the weekend into next week.


Sunday whale watch report-July 11th

July 11, 2021

As it has been every day now for several weeks the resident whales are putting on great shows and today it was right out front of the city and some were on the south side about a half mile south.  Its a great time to come on down and see the whales at Tradewinds Depoe Bay.


Whale watching report-July 10th

Excellent whale watching on Saturday afternoon with multiple whales in the area feeding along the shoreline right outside the City of Depoe Bay.  It was a little windy out there this afternoon but the good whale sightings took the passengers minds off that and onto watching the whales.


Whale watch report-Friday July 9th

July 9, 2021

Up to four resident whales out front this afternoon and they put on really good shows for the people on the TW whale watch vessels.  tail shots from time to tome and one was in really shallow water basically standing on his/her head feeding in the shallow water reef bottoms. Here are a few pictures from todays cruises


Thursday whale watch report-July 8th

Lots of spouting Gray whales out there for the Tradewinds whale watch boats to view and the folks onboard had great times and a lot of Kodak moments.  There are also quite a few Humpback whales going by out in deeper water about 3-4 miles offshore heading for the Alaskan grounds.


Wednesday whale watch report-July 7th

July 7, 2021

Lots of whales to see. Some a little south of the harbor and others just right outside the harbor entrance and to the south a few hundred yards.  They are out there feeding in the kelp beds and are really showing tail shots and giving the folks a good view.


Monday whale watch report-July 5th

July 5, 2021

No official reports from the cruise ships but the whales were out there at least two of them just on the south side of the city center in about 80 feet of water moving slowly north.


Happy 4th of July Folks from Tradewinds Depoe Bay

July 4, 2021

Have a great holiday celebration with your family and friends.


Friday whale watch report

July 3, 2021

No boats reported in today but we did see 2 or 3 large cruise vessels and a few of the rubber boats all together down at South Point about a quarter mile south of the city.  They were obviously watching whales.


Thursday whale watch report

July 1, 2021

No trips out today due to rough bar conditions.


Summer ocean weather returns Wednesday

June 28, 2021

Looking for a nice day to be on the ocean and do some family whale watching?  The weather reports were seeing show a little windy day and choppy conditions tomorrow. 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 whale watching trip with the best fleet of skippers on the coast at Tradewinds Depoe Bay.  The whale sightings should be really good.


Monday whale watch report

The whales are really close today and our boats were watching them on the north side of the harbor entrance out about a half mile.  There seemed to be from our viewpoint multiple whales there.  The ocean had a little bounce to it today but not much wind so it their were good sightings.


Sunday whale watch report

No reports from our fleet but I did see from the highway some of the smaller rubber whale watch boats out there congregated in one smaller area. So a logical assumption would be that they were getting some good looks at some of the resident whales which it seems like have finally shown up in our area.


Saturday whale watch report

June 26, 2021

Some heavy fog persisted this morning but by the time our cruises started mid-day the fog had cleared out showing a beautiful ocean and of course the whales.  On one of the trips the whales were feeding just the length of a football field just outside the harbor entrance.  It was a great day to watch whales.  Around 3:30pm the fog was slowly reappearing and moving back in as the extreme heat in the valley was pushing it back in upon us.


Friday whale watch report

Tradewinds had great whale watching today with some nice whales out their right out front so the folks viewed them for almost the entire trip time.  The ocean was really nice but the fog was drifting in and out the entire day.  Probably something we will be having to deal with for the next several days with the extreme heat in the valley which normally means fog over here.


Thursday whale watch report

June 25, 2021

Was watching the 4-boats out there all from TW whale watching today and they al happen to be congregating in the same spot….thus….“There she blows”!!  Good whale watching today on a beautiful ocean.


Wednesday whale watch report

June 23, 2021

The information in this afternoon early is that there is a whale or two down south around the Gull Rock area about 2-3 miles south of the harbor.  The boats are heading down there as we speak.


Tuesday whale watching

June 22, 2021

We got back out there today after a few days of difficult weather to spot whales with the fog going away and much nicer seas.  Will try to get you a whale sightings report later in the day.


Monday whale watching report

No trips out today…it was a little rough out there and the visibility was down in the zero range.  Hopefully the ocean weather will be better by tomorrow afternoon to go out and see the whales.


Sunday whale watching

June 21, 2021

Even with pea soup fog most of the day the whale watch boats together were able to find a few whales out there.  The heat in the valley is suppose to subside starting today some so that normally means the fog will also begin to go away.


SATURDAY WHALE WATCH REPORT

June 19, 2021

The double dose of good news today is:

(1) we are currently still watching whales in the middle of the afternoon having really good whale sightings today.

(2) One of the whales we are watching as reported by Mr Max is a resident whale for our area over the years named “Ginger”.  That is good news because it means that finally one of our local/resident whales has returned from the Mexican waters and if this is accurate will be with us for the remainder of the summer months.  The whale watch boats actually do name the resident whales with a name basically having something to do with its markings.


Thursday whale report

June 18, 2021

There were whales in the area today but by the time TW got out there for first trip at 12:30pm the ocean was so windy with white caps everywhere they were hard to find.  The wind just blows the spouts down.  Some of the whale watch boats did see some spouts but it was a difficult day to follow them.


Wednesday whale watch reports

June 17, 2021

It looked like from the shoreline that there were whales at least on the first trip as there was one found on south point jus to the south side of the harbor entrance. by the time the trips was ending the boats were already off Government Point which is about a mile and a half to the north of the harbor entrance .  Obviously it was one that was migrating and moving north so by the time the 2nd trips went out it might have been too far north to locate but no word from the 2nd cruises.


Monday whale watch report

June 14, 2021

Not  a whole bunch of information but there were whales out there today that they found moving south of the harbor on the first trips of the day.  No information thus far on the later in the day trips.


Too Rough For Whale Watching 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 whale watching – Friday trips cancelled due to weather

June 10, 2021

The first trips out on Thursday we came up empty but on the 2nd go of the day in the afternoon we found whales out there reported by the Kadaho.

It was little bumpy on the afternoon trips and with all of the wind certainly makes it exceedingly more difficult to locate and spot the whales.

(Friday trips)

All whale watch trips are cancelled for Friday due to a quick hitting weather system for Friday but will be out of the are for Saturday trips.  See ya then.


Wednesday whale watching

June 9, 2021

Good news.…we have had whales now for three days in a row which has broken the past week when they were scarce pretty much every day.  Lets hope it keeps up and we get our every day whale watching having good sightings.


Whale watch cruises cancelled till Tuesday

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 whale watching

June 5, 2021

For the 2nd day in a row no whales to be seen out in front of Depoe Bay.  Was listening to some of the boat operators chatter about it this morning and it looks like all the whales to this point have been migrating whales and our local/resident whales have not arrived yet for the summer.  Hope this if factual happens real soon.  Tradewinds Depoe Bay reports to you honestly and we willl let you know about this as it happens.


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


Wednesday whale watch report

June 3, 2021

Unfortunately today was a day on the coast where we were pretty much fogged in the entire day. There were a few sun breaks here and there but the whales today must of liked the solitude of the foggy coast as we had much difficulty finding any whales in the area today.  ( They are here just could not locate them in the fog) We did get to see many different types of sea birds, harbor seals and sea lions but …no whales today.  Tomorrow is another day.


Tuesday whale watching

June 2, 2021

The Whales are around as they were right out in front of the harbor entrance no more than a hundred yards from that entrance and you could see them well from the highway.  After feeding there for a few hours we found them  south of the city a half mile and were feeding there for the rest of the afternoon.


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.

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.

 

Loads of whale watch trips today as we had three boats carrying loads of holiday folks at the coast today and we saw whales on all of the trips.  Good Day!!


Sunday whale watch report

After about a week of slower whale sightings we are having a good day today with some whales being spotted on the south side of Depoe Bay and we are hopeful they will be staying around the area now for the summer.  Hopefully these are the start of the resident whales beginning to show up.  Mr Max took this picture of one of todays sightings.


Friday whale watching report

May 28, 2021

No whale watching 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 whale watch report

May 27, 2021

No vessels left the Tradewinds dock this afternoon as we had a pretty windy day with rough ocean conditions out there.

There is still some question about tomorrow afternoon but as of now it is probably going to be a morning time call.


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 whale watch activities for the day.  Will be back at it tomorrow.


Saturday whale watch report

May 22, 2021

Lots of whales in the area Saturday with four of them from right out in front of the harbor to about a mile to the south of the city center.  It was great whale watching for the folks on the Tradewinds boats as they got to see all of them doing different things and feeding on the Depoe Bay food source.  Good day !!!


Friday whale watching

May 21, 2021

The whales have been a little difficult to find here the past few days as they moved to other places like they sometimes do.  Yesterday a pod of them were seen by the fishing boats north up off of Lincoln City a long ways away for 1-hour trips.  There has been a smaller one in the area that can be difficult to spot.  Today however I noticed there were at least two whales right out in front of the city so hopefully they have returned to feed in our area and well within range of the  cruise vessels.


Tuesday whale watch report

May 18, 2021

One of the fishing boats reported that the ocean was full of  “crill” which is one of the things the whales seem to like to munch on.  There were early morning whales and quite a few of them off of the reefs north of the city feeding on this feed and enjoying the amount that was up there.  Most of the whale watch boats were heading in that direction in the afternoon so assuming they were watching some whales up in the same vicinity.


Whale watching cancelled last two days

May 15, 2021

With afternoon winds increasing the past few days we have cancelled whale watching until the winds subside to where it will be a smoother ride for the folks onboard.  We expect some moderation for tomorrow (Sunday) but it will be a noon time call after we get a look at the conditions.  The good news is that tomorrow is forecasted to be the last day of this particular wind pattern and next week looks much better at least for the 1st part of the week.


Saturday whale watch report

May 8, 2021

After a few days tied to the docks with adverse ocean conditions we got back out on the waters Saturday and the whales were waiting for us.  There were upwards of eight of them for the TW faithful to view and they were the migrators moving to the north. There were lots of whale tail shots from this group of whales.  It was a good day on a ever improving ocean.


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.


Wednesday whale watch report

May 6, 2021

After several days of really good whale watching today turned into a tough go with finally finding one on the last trip of the day.  These are still the migrating whales as some are coming into shallow water to feed before getting back on the northerly track north.  There should be some cows and calves beginning to show up here really soon as May is usually the month to see these them go by.


Saturday whale watching

May 2, 2021

The Mr Max reported on Saturday evening that the whale watching was excellent all day.  The remark that was made was that the whales were everywhere!!  The whales were out on the migrating grounds a little ways offshore and they were also in on the inner reefs next to the shoreline feeding.  So they were easily found and the folks on the TW boats on Saturday got to see the migrating fast moving Gray whales and also got to watch them dive and feed on the inside.  All in all this made for an excellent day.


Saturday Whale Watch Report

April 24, 2021

(Reported by Mr Max)

A little windy out there and chilly but that never seems to stop the whales from their appointed tasks of migrating northward or getting a good meal from the Depoe Bay feeding grounds. It appears that some of the whales might be dropping off already to spend the late spring/early summer with us already as a few have been seen in more shallow water and feeding.  Normally the migrating whales are moving north at a brisk pace to get to the feeding grounds in the Alaskan waters.  Today the Mr Max reported that there appeared to be possibly seven whales out front of the city that the folks onboard got to view from the vessels.  A couple of pictures to see and what the folks onboard we’re viewing.  Good day for the whales!


Sunday afternoon whale watching & breaching whales

April 18, 2021

Mr Max with captain Brad is reporting that the whales are going by in good numbers and on his first trip of the afternoon had three really active-playful whales moving by the Depoe Bay area on their way to the northerly feeding grounds.  Of course some of these whales will forgo the long trip north and stop by Depoe Bay and stay for the entire summer.  These will be our local whales and many times year in and year out they are the same ones.

There were also “breaching whales” out there this afternoon and the Mr Max got two good pictures…one when coming out of the water and the next one when it “splashed down”.  It is truly exciting when you see this and Tradewinds Depoe Bay did this afternoon.


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 whale watching has been pretty darn consistent for Tradewinds cruise boats and there is a great time for all.


Whale watching Friday report

Tradewinds had really good whale watching out there today and Mr Max reports that they had good whales that put on a good show for the folks on the boats. As you can see from the ocean we also had really great ocean conditions and we expect that to continue thru this weekend.  The whale in the picture was swimming around the boats as they continue to move up the coast on their northerly migration.


Thursday whale watch report

April 15, 2021

Not a whole lot of detail but the word off the Mr Max was that the whales are out there and because of the beautiful ocean conditions were easy to find.  We expect terrific ocean conditions from what the forecast is showing clear thru next Monday.  Should be a great weekend to get down here and go with the best whale watch fleet on the coast – Tradewinds Depoe Bay.


Ocean Whale Watch weather through 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 whale watchers looking to get out on the ocean and see the migrating Gray whales.  Beautiful sunny weather is in the forecast thru the whole period. Lots of spots still open so give us a call to reserve your spot or use this website to make your reservation online.

 “Thar She Blows”  !!


Watching the ocean weather – 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 afternoon ocean conditions

April 10, 2021

12-13 foot swells out on the Pacific as we speak on Saturday afternoon and much too much ocean to be whale watching 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.


Whale watch report 4/5

April 5, 2021

The whales were inshore somewhat today with 4-5 vessels out watching them probably about a mile and a half off to the northwest from Depoe Bay.  All the boats were in a circle watching the migrating whales move to the north.


Happy Easter Everyone

April 4, 2021

Happy Easter Everyone !!

Unfortunately the ocean became windy overnight and with small craft advisories & rough seas out on the water today we cancelled our whale watch tours for the day. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.


Whale watching Friday and Saturday

April 3, 2021

The whales continue to move quickly past DEPOE BAY on the northerly migration and Tradewinds continues to have good trips out to see them.  We have been lucky these past 3-4 days to have real nice weather with very little wind.  The wind issue is important as it makes the whales easier to find as the spout is more easily located.  We should have really good whale watch activity now thru the summer months and soon our local whales will be here for the summer feeding on the abundance of whale food located along the shoreline.  Sounds like good weather all the way thru at least Thursday of next week by the extended forecast.


Thursday whale watching

April 2, 2021

Another real good day of watching whales off of Depoe Bay.  The whales are out their in multiples and are moving by in different pods during the day as they move north on their migratory patterns.


Lots of whales on a beautiful ocean

March 31, 2021

It was like a holiday weekend down at the coast today with the city full of visitors as we started whale watch tours at 10am and at 4;30pm we are still running them.  Last count we ran 14 of them so far today with a few more to go.  Not sure about all of the trips but we saw whales on all of the trips reported so far into the afternoon around 2;30pm. Most of the whales as we have said before on the northerly migration go by here anywhere from 3-5 miles offshore and they are in a hurry!! Today however we started out there but the whales made a right turn towards the beach and they were only about a mile or so offshore.  Possibly they decided to do a little feeding on they’re way north.

GREAT DAY !!!


Wednesday morning ocean report

When the light hit the ocean waters this morning we welcomed the sight of a nice ocean and are going ahead with a full day of whale watch tours beginning this morning at 10am.  There are openings during the day so give us a call if interested.  The weather thru the weekend also looks good as well.


A little bit of bad weather

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.


Whale watching March 28th

March 28, 2021

No trips out Sunday afternoon as the ocean was much too rough to take passengers out.  Hopefully in a day or two we will be back at it.  Call our office for more information.


Saturday March 27th whale watching

March 27, 2021

There was one whale located inside today as it seemed to be feeding right off the shoreline but it was a very shy whale hard to locate.  The better whale watching was outside along the normal line the migrating whales are on around 180-210 feet offshore moving at a brisk rate to the north.  These whales are not feeding outside here and are just moving quickly to get to they’re summer destinations.  They put on a decent show but swim in pods normally between 2-5 whales & come up to spout a few times and then dive and move further north.


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

The ocean forecast put out daily by NOAA was right on perfect today.  They predicted the rain would begin around 9am and then the winds would kick-in around the 10am hour.  By the time the fishing trips were over it was much to rough for any whale watch cruises which were suppose to begin at the 11am hour.  Tomorrow (Thursday) as of right now things sound “iffy” at best so give our office a call tomorrow morning for any updates we will have by that time.


Tuesday March 23rd whale watch report

We ran multiple whale watch trips out today using three boats as they’re are loads of people in the area this week as Oregon schools are on they’re spring breaks.  On one of the trips the boats were really close to the shoreline just a few hundred yards south of the channel entrance to Depoe Bay and they were watching whales there.  Its is somewhat unusual to see them this time of year so close as most of the whales are 3-5 miles offshore going by quickly as they return from the Mexican coastline where they harbor in the winter months with the females giving birth to calves while they are there.  Seeing them in so close indicated that they are probably hungry as they pass by and possibly dropping off in our area for the summer already.


Sunday whale watching – March 21st

March 21, 2021

There were whales out there this afternoon even though with windy and choppy conditions staying with them as they moved north was a little difficult.  The folks onboard the vessels did see them in the migration as we got out for the first time in 3-4 days due to ocean weather conditions.


Has the Northerly Migration of the Gray whales begun?

March 17, 2021

The answer is YES.

We have run whale excursions out the past few days but never received any information regarding those trips.  Made the rounds north and south of the city this morning and found nothing south of the city area but north up around a mile up the line there were multiple whale sightings.  At one spot there appeared to be a pod of them within a very small area doing circles in the water.  At first glance it appeared to be Orca whales only to confirm that there were 3-4 migrating Gray Whales feeding in that small area. Later moving back south towards city center another was spotted just a little north of the channel entrance.  All of these whales you might expect to see them 3-4 miles offshore in there migration pattern but these were within a quarter of a mile off the beach.  Maybe just a bunch of hungry whales.


Monday whale watch trip

March 1, 2021

We do have a whale watch trip going out today (Monday March 1) if we can corral enough folks to go. It will be a good time to take a look at things out there after a long very rough ocean winter. Hopefully if the trip goes we will find some whales out there heading back to the north after their December 2020 trip down to the Mexican breeding grounds and we will let you know. Historically the whales begin to go by here in large numbers in about 2-3 week


Exciting news for Tradewinds customers

February 26, 2021

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 only a very short 6-weeks or so away from the spring breaks beginning towards the end of March and hopefully some real nice spring weather. Keep in touch.


January 1, 2021


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

December 29, 2020

As we wind down the end of this crazy year, we wanted to give our amazing customers a quick update.  Due to restrictions set in place by the Governor of Oregon, and the “Extreme High Risk” category that our county is currently in, we are unable to run any trips.

In order to be in compliance with current mandates and ensure the safety of our customers and staff we are currently on hold until some restrictions are lifted in the county.  We appreciate your understanding and hope that you know that we are  anxiously awaiting being able to get you out on your next excursion as soon as it can be done safely.


Happy Holidays and a Great New Years from Tradewinds Depoe Bay

December 14, 2020


Winter whale watching week

December 11, 2020

Gray whales will be on the move along the Oregon coast headed south to their winter grounds off of Baja California, Mexico.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department annual winter Whale Watching Week is  Dec. 27-31. You should be able to spot them from the coastline.  Best to have a pair of binoculars with you.  There will be no volunteers at the state parks this winter due to the Coronavirus.

The Tradewinds boats on nice days will be taking folks out to see them beginning in the late morning.  After Christmas give our office a call to make reservations.