Whale Watching Report
Tradewinds COVID-19 Update
April 1, 2020
To update our good friends of Tradewinds Depoe Bay out there we originally wrote that we would re-evaluate the situation on April 1st. The company has decided that because of the state and national COVID-19 regulations that we will remain closed at least till May 1st. We will re-evaluate at that time. Please stay home and be safe.
COVID-19: A message from Tradewinds Depoe Bay
March 21, 2020
To all our valued customers:
Due to the increasing concerns regarding COVID-19, beginning March 22nd, Tradewinds Charters of Depoe Bay has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend fishing and whale watching trips until April 1st. Tradewinds has been abiding by all recommendations from the State of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority, practicing social distancing, increased sanitization measures, and limiting groups of people to less than twenty. An example of the issues we are facing is that it is extremely difficult to aid customers with social distancing on whale watching excursions, especially when whales are sighted. Our office will remain open to take reservations for after April 1st.
Please take a deep breath, step back, and look at the bigger picture of what’s truly happening in the world around us. Fear, panic, and misinformation is being spread like wildfire through all platforms of the media, as well as our own government officials. Please remain calm, be compassionate, and maintain a sense of dignity. This pandemic is a very real and serious issue that needs to be addressed, and we hope that the virus is contained and eliminated as soon as possible. Common sense, washing your hands, and staying home if you’re exhibiting symptoms of illness should be the current norm. We believe the economic crisis will eclipse this pandemic in the near future. We urge everyone to remember that the pandemic will eventually end, but the consequences of this economic crisis will be long-lasting. Our nation will be dealing with critical supply shortages, food shortages, high unemployment, and families will be struggling economically to pay their bills.
In times such as these, we all need to come together within our communities. We have already seen companies in this industry blaming each other, and arguing over who’s “more” responsible or who’s doing the “right” thing. The truth is, none of us knows what the “right” thing to do is during this time. Our own government officials are telling us that the information they have on COVID-19 is primarily based on what little information is available, not research. It is important for all of us to come together, support each other the best we can during these difficult times, and remember that a healthy society and community is built on compassion and common sense.
The Harmon Family will re-evaluate this decision in the coming days, and will announce when fishing and whale watching trips will be resuming again. The Tradewinds Captains, Crew, and Staff all hope to get you out on the ocean very soon! In the meantime, we hope everyone out there stays healthy and safe.
Friday whale watch report
Did not receive a report for this day but we were running trips all day long and I saw the boats going in the same direction all day long. So we are going to assume from the past week or so of really good sightings that it was the case today as well. Hope to do better tomorrow.
Terrific whale watching Thursday
March 19, 2020
Two boats out today whale watching and they came upon a pod 6-7 whales moving quickly to the north and they put-on a great show. Whale watching is really good right now as the northerly migration moves to the north and we are keeping our numbers down on the boats so there is lots of room to be separated from others for your safety.
Another good day with the whales
March 16, 2020
The northerly migration is in full swing with excellent sightings again today with blue skies and calm seas. This is really a great time to watch the whales maybe not as good as summer but certainly better then the southerly migration in December and January where weather gets in our way quite often. They are moving north and an accelerated clip but there are well over 20,000 of them on the migration so they will be going by here for several months with the cows and the calves the last to go by. Come on down and see the whales on a Tradewinds vessel.
Northerly migration underway
We had two boats out today looking for whales and both boats on there two trips each found whales. The Whales are beginning the journey north where most end up in the Alaskan waters but a good many of them stop off here along the Oregon Coast to feed and many of them stay here for the summer. Its just a good place for them to feed so it is a great time to see the migration as it moves North. Weather for most of the next week seems to be really good so its a good time to come down and see the migrating whales.
Central Oregon Sportsman Show
March 10, 2020
The Central Oregon Sportsman Show is coming up this week for all of you folks over there in the Central Oregon area and we hope to see you all there this Thursday thru Sunday, March 12-15 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be there with coupons and lots of information about fishing and whale watching. Drop by and say hello.
Idaho Sportsman Show
March 2, 2020
The Idaho Sportsman Show is coming up this week for all of you folks over there in the Idaho area and we hope to see you all there this Thursday thru Sunday, March 5-8 at the Expo Center in Boise, Idaho. Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be there with coupons and lots of information about fishing and whale watching. Drop by and say hello.
Portland Sportsman Show
February 4, 2020
Tradewinds Depoe Bay will be at the annual Portland Sportsman Show beginning Wednesday, February 5th thru Sunday February 9th at the Portland ExpoCenter. Drop by our booth say hello and gather up some good information and some valuable coupons for the 2020 season. Hope to see you there.
Happy New Year
December 29, 2019
The staff and skippers of Tradewinds Depoe Bay would like to take this time to wish you a very Happy New Year and a most prosperous 2020.
We hope to see you all in this new year for some terrific whale watching adventures. Right now is a great time as the southerly migration is currently going by for the next several weeks if we can find some nice ocean weather to get you out there. Give our office a call for weather updates and reservations.
The Holidays are right around the corner
November 8, 2019
The Thanksgiving and Christmas season holidays are closer then you think and a great way to celebrate the holidays in gift finding is a charter fishing or whale watch trip out of Tradewinds in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Our gift certificates have no expiration dates so you can use them at anytime in the future when you are in our area and set to go.
As you can see in the picture we give a plastic card just like a credit card and we can make it worth any amount that you wish. Just give our office a call at 541-765-2345 and we will assist you in your gift certificate purchase and mail it out to you.
Fall and winter whale watching
September 26, 2019
This is the time of year where the weather quite often makes getting out on the water sometimes difficult and there are less folks coming to the coast for whale watch trips. The whales will shortly in the middle of October begin making the southerly migration and will be leaving the area. They will return around the 20th of December on the northerly migration route. We will run reports when we have reports to. Best thing to do is call the office and ask them about whales in the area and weather forecasts. We will be back to full time daily reports in the spring.
Ocean weather could be an issue the next few days 9/24
September 24, 2019
The ocean weather for whale watching could be an issue the next few days. So if you are planning on coming down or have a reservation you might consider calling our office on the day before or the morning of your trip to check with the office on the latest forecast.
Sunday September 22nd whale watching
September 23, 2019
We had no trips out today as the afternoon weather was just not very nice for whale watching with a driving rain most of the late morning into the afternoon. From the shoreline however the whales were only about a quarter mile out in front of the harbor so they are still very much still in the area.
Saturday September 21st report
September 22, 2019
Lots of whales and even more people out there watching them as we had two boats working late morning and afternoon. They were for the better part of the day found on the south side of Depoe Bay on a really nice ocean.
Tradewinds Charters – Best of the Best in Lincoln County
September 21, 2019
Tradewinds Charters Depoe Bay was informed this morning that they have been selected the Best Whale Watching Charter and Best Fishing Charter in there best of Lincoln County Awards. We received this award from the Newport News Times newspaper.
We love our customers and appreciate your business. Thank you for choosing us.
Whale Watching Thursday thru the weekend
September 18, 2019
Sounds like good ocean weather beginning tomorrow (Thursday) thru the weekend as we get to the official end of summer and enter into the fall season.
Next whale watch day
September 17, 2019
It sure looks like Thursday for next WW trips as we have some bad weather …rain, wind and rough seas thru Wednesday.
Whale watching September 15 report
September 15, 2019
All whale watching was cancelled today as the ocean was very rough, windy and wet this morning. The conditions did improve somewhat by afternoon but it was still very wet out on the waters so we decided to cancel todays activities. Hopefully will see you tomorrow on your future dates you are at the Oregon Coast.
Friday September 6th report
September 7, 2019
So many whales !! They were north and south of Depoe Bay but the really cool thing especially for those watching from the seawall around Depoe Bay, three or four were right out in front of those seawalls. Sometimes they were swimming back and forth in front of the harbor entrance. Boats had to be really careful today.
Wednesday September 4th report
September 4, 2019
No whale watching today due to rough bar conditions. All looks better for tomorrow.
Tuesday September 3rd report
September 3, 2019
Bottom fishing & crabbing and anything else
We had one vessel out this morning as Labor Day has passed and sometimes that means that it will heart a little slower here along the coast. Did not hear any reports on the fishing trips this morning but didi see the filet table had fish on it. Nothing on the crabbing as well.
There are still lots of opportunities for your fishing needs left for 2019 as a little ocean type weather will be in here later today into tomorrow but after that the ocean weather looks good Thursday thru the weekend.
There will be Salmon fishing Friday thru Sunday and we will be getting a pretty good rollover from the summer season sometime tomorrow evening (we have heard ????). The fall quota we are working on now was set around 9,000 fish and the (hopeful) rollover is a good little chunk which will be added onto that which might just get us thru September when it is closing for good for 2019. One biologist said that the fish because of a certain bait fish in the area are still out here in front of Depoe Bay and more then likely will be here for at least the next few weeks. The fish are getting bigger.
There is also offshore Halibut on the weekends (Friday and Saturday) & Tuna any day of the week when we can put trips together.
Sunday September 1st report
September 2, 2019
Please understand that we are not giving a daily whale watch reports because the whale action is so consistent these past few months that the reports would be saying the same thing day in and day out. However, if something different happens like Orca whales, Humpback whales, Blue whales and any other cruise related information we will quickly pass it on to you. In the meantime it is terrific whale watching and you would be thrilled to go out on these beautiful oceans and watch the Gray whales, bird life, marine mammals all performing for you in there very special habitat.
Saturday August 31st report
August 31, 2019
Lots of whales both north and south of the Depoe Bay harbor so nothing different then it has been for the past 2-3 months. Just excellent sightings and well performing whales.
Sunday August 25th report
August 25, 2019
As the past month in the reports suggests there is nothing new in the whale watching front off of Depoe Bay. It is terrific sightings with lots of whales in the area and you will see on almost all occasions multiple whales on our trips out of Tradewinds.
August 17th report
August 17, 2019
Nothing new to tell you except that things are just the same with daily great whale watching. Quite a few Humpback whales spotted yesterday but they are quite a good number of miles offshore where the Tuna boats saw them. They do on occasion however come in pretty close where we can get to them.
Sunday August 11th
August 11, 2019
Nothing new on the whale watch front. Just lots of them doing all of the dives and spouting that they do.. Excellent whale watching going on here at Tradewinds.
Friday August 9th report
August 9, 2019
Lots of them!!!
Not sure what else to tell the readers except there are lots of them around and it would be rare if you did not get to see multiple whales on a Tradewinds whale watch trip. So come on down especially when the ocean weather is just beautiful.
Ocean weather update
August 5, 2019
If you are planning a trip to the coast to see the whales and enjoy the Oregon Coast now might be the time. The Marine forecast all the way thru this weekend into the 1st day of next week is calling for perfect ocean conditions with almost no ocean winds in the forecast for the morning hours into the afternoon. That makes whale watching and viewing them a really great time. Come down and go with the #1 charter office on the coast….Tradewinds Charters Depoe Bay.
WHALE WATCHING with Tradewinds
August 4, 2019
A SERIES OF PHOTOS OF ONE OF THE WHALES WE WERE WATCHING THE OTHER DAY…
(sent to us by a customer on the boat who allowed us to use the photos)
Tuesday July 30th report
July 30, 2019
Read yesterday’s report and the addition to that written today is that the whales that were missing from yesterday are back and there seems to have brought some others back with them. They are everywhere!!!
Monday July 29th report
We had several Minke whales show up off of Lincoln City this morning that the fishing boats were watching. They are the smallest of the whales we see around here measuring full grown maybe in the 25-foot range.
Not as many whales around today but still more then enough for the folks on the Tradewinds cruise boats to see. Some moved up the coast about 8 miles out in front of Lincoln City but don’t be alarmed they will be back. In the meantime the 3-4 we still have around all put on good shows.
Thursday July 25th report
July 26, 2019
We are not reporting too much about the whale activity mainly because we run out of things to say. The whale watching is nothing short of spectacular. Certainly we have days that the whales perform better so to speak then other days but we see them every day and in multiple numbers. If we have something different on a day about the whales like we have seen Blue whales or Humpback whales we will certainly report that immediately. In the meantime we will give a report every 4-5 days just on the going’s on we are witnessing.
Monday July 22nd report
July 22, 2019
Lots and lots of whales and they are so close and so easily found that a 1-hour trip with Tradewinds gives you close to the full hour to be around the whales. Of course, a different day can be different and we might have to travel 5-10 minutes to get where they are but that is on almost every day an easy task.
“SCARBACK” is back with us this summer who is a whale that has been coming to our area for the summer months since she was a young whale. Getting close to 40 years now.
Friday July 19th report
July 19, 2019
We are at the end of the week and since our last report nothing has changed as whale watching remains excellent. There are quite a good number of them in the area and easily found. Some are more frisky then others and put on better shows where some possibly are younger whales and are a bit more shy. Still, a great time to come down and see the summer whales we have in the area.
Sunday July 14th report
July 14, 2019
They are everywhere & everyone is viewing them whether up close on the boats or from the sea wall out in front of Depoe Bay. Could not be better sightings.
Friday July 12 report
July 12, 2019
Nothing new on the whale sightings as they remain excellent with whales being found and observed both north and south of the harbor entrance and today they were also right out in front of the harbor on both sides of the entrance channel. Probably can’t get a whole lot better.
Wednesday WW reports
July 10, 2019
Somewhat unusual two days of rain that will end late this afternoon with wind and a moderate swell in and around the Depoe Bay area. All will be out of here by tomorrow morning with summer conditions returning in time for morning fishing and afternoon trips as well as whale watching.
Did see some early morning whales right out in front of the harbor feeding as they normally do all summer long.
Whale Watching on the Mr Max
Take a whale cruise with Tradewinds and the Mr Max and this is what you would see on a typical trip. Whale tails, seals, birds and Whale Cove sea life. All days and trips are different depending on length of trip and where the whales are located.
(Thanks to one of our customers onboard the Mr Max for providing these pictures)
July 6-7 weekend report on the whales
July 6, 2019
There are lots of them out and around the Depoe Bay area. Your chances of seeing them is extremely high even though we cannot guarantee that but it would be a bet you would and should take if offered. I do remember a week ago they just were gone only to find them the next day up off Lincoln City about 12 miles north. They were back in two days and now seem to be here for the duration…we hope? A very good family activity especially with the beautiful oceans we have had here lately.
Happy Birthday America
July 3, 2019
Have a great holiday everyone from Tradewinds !!
Wednesday July 3rd report
Lots of whales out there and most of them today were up off of Government Point and the Fogarty Creek area. They are in there feeding and putting on good shows for the folks on the boats. Great time to come down and see them as they will be here thru the summer months into early fall and right now the summer weather is terrific.
Sunday June 30 whale watch report
July 1, 2019
Lots of whales out there today really close to the harbor entrance and for about an hour they were close to almost entering the entrance. Then they moved out further and were north of the city for most of the day feeding. Great whale watching as it normally is during the summer months.
Friday June 28 report
June 29, 2019
Excellent whale watching today with whales both north and south of the city and there were even some reports of others spotted offshore a few miles which might be Humpback whales swimming by. No report as of now of those whales being seen.
Thursday June 27th report
June 27, 2019
Sorry , but have been gone for a few days and it was a good thing as the last part of last weekend and the first two days of this week the whales were gone !!….but not far as they were up off of Lincoln City to the north but are now back where they belong right off of Depoe Bay for great whale watching. We. have several of them maybe up to a half dozen around the area feeding in the rich food deposits off the coast here.
WW report June 20th
June 20, 2019
Good sighting today on the whale watch efforts as all of our trips it was reported had good success and the folks onboard had some good whale watch Kodak moments. The winds have calmed down a lot so the whales are easily found now and putting on some good shows.
Whale watch report June 18th
June 18, 2019
Three trips out on the water today with a strange first trip of only finding one whale and that whale was at the best shy and not much of a show. It did come up quite often but other then that not a great show. By the time we got out there for the 2nd trip of the day about a half hour later there whales pretty much everywhere with a conservative estimate of between 7-8 of them. That also continued in the 3rd trip with lots of whales to watch and lots of tail shots that produced some great Kodak moments.
Sunday WW quick note
June 17, 2019
Good day on Sunday as the ocean got better as the day went on and we not only had quite a few Gray whales but also some really cool Orca whales in the area as well.
June 15th whale watch report
June 15, 2019
Lots of whales out there both north and south of the city today and we normally try to look at different ones out there if we know after viewing some where to find the others. All of them do different things and some are more friendly then others as some tend to be more bashful. They are all fun to watch however. A picture here that shows a group of school kids or from another group as they went out with us to see the whales. We call these our “pumpkin cruises” as younger kids in these type of groups are required to wear certified lifejackets so the orange makes it a “pumpkin cruise”. All had a great time. It was somewhat on the windy side out there this afternoon but with only a 1-2 foot cruise the ocean was just fine for this day.
Tuesday June 11 update
June 11, 2019
Lots of whales out there today on a beautiful day and finally very little if any wind out there. The wind has been a problem lately but hopefully we are out of that pattern as today finding the Whales was quite easy with spouts spotted both North and South of the harbor entrance.
Tuesday June 4th report
June 4, 2019
Quite a few whales out there as there were upwards of three of them on the Northside when the fishing boats were going out earlier this morning and then in the afternoon more were found down on the south side of the harbor. Good nice sunny day to watch whales.
Saturday whale watching
June 1, 2019
There were lots of whales in the area today most of them up north of the city out in front of Boiler Bay State Park. All of them were putting on good shows for the Tradewinds faithful.
Friday whale watch report
May 24, 2019
Had a decent ocean forecast for today with a growing swell coming in later in the day into tonight but as it does sometimes it came in a lot earlier then forecasted. Thus, NO whale watching today. Better ocean weather certainly by Sunday.
Better ocean weather on the way
We do have a fishing boat out this morning on a decent ocean so whale watching today will be a GO. Tomorrow sounds a little on the “iffy” side but Sunday moving forward looks like good weather thru the forecast period well into next week.
Late spring weather issues
May 22, 2019
We are in the midst of some late spring bad ocean weather which might be here for the rest of this work week but as spring weather can be it can change overnight and be really nice the next day. Today, however is not very nice out there and we will let you know when things look like they are changing.
Monday whale watch report
May 13, 2019
The whales are here in full pre-summer time presence with up to six whales out there this afternoon on our whale watch trips. All six of them were just a little bit on the south side of the city about a half mile offshore and put on really neat shows for the people on our vessels.
Whales are out there
May 11, 2019
Lots of whales out there right now the past few days and they are easily found with the really nice ocean conditions we are experiencing right now. We are seeing them on every trip and the whales are putting on good shows for the folks onboard our vessels. Sounds like really nice ocean conditions well into next week.
Beautiful Spring Forecast
May 9, 2019
The forecast all the way thru the forecast period which goes into a few days into next week is telling us to expect beautiful conditions no matter if you want to fish or whale watch here on the Central Oregon Coast. We are forecasted to get beautiful calm seas with no rain and hardly any wind in the forecast to speak. Should make for great fishing conditions & if you choose whale watching to easily spot and take good pictures of the whales. Easily qualifies for a good time for a whole family outing on the ocean waters. Give us a call and make the reservation.
Saturday whale watch report
May 4, 2019
Did not hear anything from the cruise boats today but the fishing boats saw them this morning on the calmer seas we had so they are there. Had afternoon winds the past several days which makes viewing them more difficult.
Whales-Beautiful Weather-Calm Seas
April 29, 2019
Finally, we have some real nice spring weather with at least the next week by any forecast model we have seen sunny skies and calm seas. Put that alongside of quite a few whales out there should give you a reason to come down to the coast and go Whale Watching with Tradewinds. The next rain we are seeing might not be till Tuesday of the following week & calm seas it looks like thru next weekend. Come down and see us.
Maybe better weather by end of the week
April 15, 2019
Sounds like things will begin to improve by Thursday of this week. No forecast yet for the weekend but Thursday and Friday look decent so far.
We were hopeful today (Wednesday)
April 10, 2019
The Good News is that after over a week of bad weather we did get a fishing boat out this morning on a fairly decent ocean at sail time. Come about the last hour or so of that trip the Bad News happened and the Bad Weather came back in and really quickly. So we were unable to get out even on a single Whale Watch trip this afternoon. We are back into a bad ocean forecast for at least thru the weekend. Mostly high surf and rainy conditions in the forecast. As normal we will let you now when things improve.