Whale Watching Report

Whale Watching Report 2016

December 31, 2016

Date: Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 15:27

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone and here is hoping you have a safe and prosperous New Year. Hope to see you all in 2017.

Date: Monday, December 26, 2016 at 11:22

Better get there today (Monday) to go whale watching

We do have whale watch boats going out today (Monday) as we have a really small swell and we are seeing from the shoreline lots of spouts out there. That means the migrating whales are going by Depoe Bay right now and will be there for about a month. The key is to get there on a day when the ocean weather is good. Today is one of those days. Not sure about tomorrow yet as it looks like growing swell.

Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 15:28

Holiday Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Tradewinds Charters. Hope you have a great holiday season with your family and friends. Hope to see you again in 2017.

Date: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 12:18

Holiday whale watching coming soon

Hey folks….The southerly migration of the Gray whales will be beginning soon. Historically they begin to go by the area around the 20th of December give or take a few days. I suggest making your reservations beginning the day after Christmas, December 26th as that normally is almost a sure thing of seeing them as they cruise by the Depoe Bay area. Of course the ocean weather always plays into those plans. The office will be open between now and Christmas on a limited schedule and then open full time after Christmas. If no asnwer leave a phone message or you can ask questions over the website inquiry link. We will run trips before Christmas Day also if we see the whales going by and the ocean weather is satisfactory.

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11:04

Whale watch trips scheduled

Normally this time of year it is around the 20th of December when the southerly migration starts to go by but we will be watching and as soon as we begin to see them we will report that. Make your plans for around the 20th of December and forward for your plans and hope for some nice ocean conditions.

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 13:50

Winter is coming & time to take some time off

Beginning now and thru the winter months we will try to report from time to time the happenings and any news on the 2017 season when we get that information. It has been a really good 2016 season as our vessels all had record years thanks to our loyal and new customers out there. We will see you at the trade shows next January thru March and will report on those as they get closer where we will be in attendance. The office will be open this winter on most days when the ocean is in good shape and when we have fishing and whale watch trips. If you have any questions you can ask them on the Trdewinds website information request link or call the office directly. Thanks again and see you in Spring 2017.

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 15:38

Saturday 10/08 whale watch report

Lots of whales still in the area with good sightings mainly to the south of the harbor though there were some up north as well. Probably in a few weeks to a month we wil begin to see them leaving the area for the trip down south on the southerly migration.

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 14:27

Some bad weather for a few days

Very heavy seas are with us here this afternoon and sounds like it might be a few more days before it all moves out of here. This is ceertainly the time of year when we get these quick hitting storms that hang around for a few days and then we get a few good days. Right now sounds like Friday into the weekend is looking better.

Date: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 15:26

Still whales in the area

There might be a few less then a few weeks ago but they are still here in good numbers. More then enough whales still real close to the harbor for the folks to see.

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 17:11

Whale watch update

Great whale watching continues with lots of critters to see a little south of the city, right out in front of ther city and even several up off of Lincoln City that the fishing boats were watching. Not much else to say except Friday looks like not a nice day but things should be fine for the weekend by the forecast.

Date: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:49

Fall is here… so is the ocean weather

Well officially Fall does not arrinve till Thursday but the ocean weather showed up the past few days and from here forward folks call the office in advance to check on the ocean conditions. There will be some great days where it will be just like summer and then some of those days where we stay home… like today (Monday).

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016 at 14:12

Coming to the coast this weekend…go whale watching on Saturday

Lots of whales with as close to a 100% chance of seeing them. That would be todays headline on whale watching. A suggestion for anyone coming down for the weekend to see the whales you might go Saturday as even though some showery periods are in the forecast for Saturday by Sunday not only showers but a growing swell. Not the best combination.

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 15:24

Fog, wind and whales

The afternoon weather here today was pretty foggy for about half the time we were cruising today but then by about 2:30pm or so it all moved back offshore. Pretty windy out there this afternoon. The only problem with the fog in whale watching this summer is you need to go slower so you don’t run into one. The folks standing on the sea walls around Depoe Bay were watching lots of whales from that position today. You certainly don’t get real close but you sure get to view quite a few of them from a distance.

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 16:29

Hard finding things more to say

I am going to update the whale watch report about every other day maybe every three days until something new changes. I have been around here for many years and every whale watch boat in the harbor large or small will tell you that this is by far the best it has ever been. Truthfully, I am finding it hard to give you any news, which is new. Every day the same things are taking place. The whales are to the north in multiple numbers; the whales are south of Depoe Bay in multiple numbers and they are in-between the entrance buoy and the sea wall in multiple numbers. Not being a skipper of a whale watch boat I have heard though there are upwards of a 12-20 whales in the area and I can’t find an argument with that. When that changes or if we are seeing different kinds of whales or anything special happens I will inform you. Otherwise you can count on it being exactly as I have described it above. See you in a few days.

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 13:21

Lots of wet stuff

A little too wet on this Tuesday to take the folks out as the weather discouraged lots of folks. Tomorrow thru rest of week looks much better.

Date: Monday, September 5, 2016 at 13:10

Labor Day whales

Everywhere describes the whale action on this holiday Monday with whales all the way in on the channel line and close to the rocks over looking the city and also both north and south of the city out about a half mile. Can’t get any better.

Date: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 19:01

Morning Star & the Mariner out watching whales today

This picture was sent in by a customer today…Great picture

Date: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 13:32

Like most days…whales everywhere

North south out in fropnt ….it just does not seem to matter daily with the whale watching this summer. Lots of them to look at. The fishing boats also checked in while up north off of the Lincoln City area this morning that there are quite a few up there as well.

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 13:49

Lots of whales every day

Whale watching remains excellent with sightings pretty much every direction you go north or south including right out in front of the channel entrance. It does not get much better and we even have perfect ocean conditions to watch them in.

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 16:12

8/30 whale watch report

Nothing much different then whale watch reports here lately as we ran multiple trips with the last one getting back in just before 5pm and they had great sightings on a beautiful ocean on all the trips today.

Date: Monday, August 29, 2016 at 13:02

More of the same

Really nice weather out in front of Depoe Bay and lots of whales both north and south of the city. Lots of folks down for the last week of the summer season and many of them out on the boats watching the whales.

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 14:11

Really a nice Sunday afternoon

One of the nicer oceans Sunday on the whale watch trips we had all summer long with skies overcast but that just made viewing the whales without the glare that much easier. Yes, as every day seems we had lots of whales to choose from.

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016 at 16:27

Lots of them

The daily lots of whales report. There were four or fiv of them right outside the harbor entrance sea wall and quite a few more outside of Little Whale Cove about a quarter mile south of the entrtance buoy. Probably or shall I say a sure thing if we looked there were many others but you can only watch so many different whales in an hour trip. Another great weather day as well.

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 15:41

Getting just a little tire of this message

Said with a sparkle in my eye I feel like I’m getting tired of telling you this but there are at least 12-15 whales out there. On a normal summer the reports change once in a while like we had to go a mile or two south or north to find them but not this summer. Same message every day it seems. A dozen plus whales and we are watching them between a few minutes till five minutes after we leave the harbor. It is just great whale watching.

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 15:20

Sightings remain excellent

The whale sightings remains as it has been all summer long with teriffic trips and lots of whales to see. Battled fog again today as we have for the past several weeks but there are so many whales they are still quite easy to find. Have not had a skunking on a whale watch trips for probably the entire summer.

Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 15:20

Lots of whales

Another real good day of whale watching with plenty of whale sightings on our trips today. Hard to remember a summer that has been as good as this one.

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 12:52

Everywhere there be whales

The daily whale watch tours just began about an hour ago but even without a report I can give you an accurate one for the day. They are everywhere even a few places that will make boat operators pucker up a bit. There were two or three of them right smack in front of the entrance to the Depoe Bay harbor which caused all of the boats to proceed with as much caution as they could muster. There were also quite a few south of the city out in front of Whale Cove and there were a couple northerly ones up nortth of the city. In other words, “everywhere there be whales”.

Date: Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11:34

We had a site crash…

…here is a updated report on what has been going on

The whale watch report crashed yesterday for some unknown reason and we lost about two months worth of reports not to get them back so we will begin today and try to catch you up.

Whale watching has been beyond belief all summer long with a dozen and sometimes more critters in our area all summer long. Not one day when we have gotten out have we not had greaat sightings. We expect that to continue all the way into the early fall.

Date: Friday, June 3, 2016 at 17:13

Whales on both trips today

Had good whale watching today on both of our trips out this afternoon and they were really close by so most of the 1-hr trip was spent watching whales instead of trying to find them. Good day….

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 18:00

Whales and fog

Had good whale sightings on first cruise then the fog came in just as we were getting out on 2nd cruise and could not find one as visibility went down to close to 100 foot or less.

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 15:36

Whales moved a little south Wednesday

The Morning Star had good whale sightings today on the whale watch runs but had to go about a mile or so south for the best sightings and whale activity.

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 15:41

What a WHALE of a picture

Go whale watching with Tradewinds and this is what you can expect to see in the picture above. One of our cruise boats the Sunrise out on the whale watch grounds took this picture of a very freindly whale that came right up next to the boat to say hello. Sightings are excellent as our resident/local whales are here and feeding around the area in multiple numbers. They will be here thru the summer so give us a call and come on a whale watch cruise with the very best.

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 15:39

What a WHALE of a picture

Go whale watching with Tradewinds and this is what you can expect to see in the picture above. One of our cruise boats the Sunrise out on the whale watch grounds took this picture of a very freindly whale that came right up next to the boat to say hello. Sightings are excellent as our resident/local whales are here and feeding around the area in multiple numbers. They will be here thru the summer so give us a call and come on a whale watch cruise with the very best.

Date: Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 14:43

Good whale sightings on Sunday

Have a great Memorial Day weekend folks and we had really good whale watching on Sunday as multiple whales showed up for the hoilday weekend to show there stuff to all of our passengers onboard our boats. It was another great day.

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 13:06

Great whale watching Saturday

It was a great time out there on the whale watch cruises today onboard the largest whale watch fleet probably on the coast. We had whales right out in front of the harbor all putting on great shows for our cruise passengers. We have four large boats all ready to take you out to see the whales this summer. Unlike other charter houses we normally have plenty of room as we have the capacity to take over 100 people out each hour which is light years more then other charter houses. We have the best rates on the coast and even some coupons you can use off our website to give you and your family a price break. On most days even in the summer you only have to give us a call on the day you want to go and we will have room for you or call a month in advance to reserve. Try that at other spots. See ya this summer.

Date: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 13:48

Good whale watching on Friday

Folks…as we approach this holiday weekend I suggest that if you are considering plans on going whale watching with us to get your reservations in as it is going to be a busy weekend. Lots of folks in town already and will cost you nothing to make a REZ and that way you get the day and time that you desire.

Whale watching today was really good with multiple whales out there feeding along the shoreline pretty much right out in front of the harbor. The weather sounds great so come down and go out on a cruise with us.

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 16:08

Lots of whales

Mr Max was out there on the whales today and reported lots of whales in and around the harbor area out in front of Depoe Bay feeding as the resident whales do. They should be here the rest of the summer into the fall.

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 07:54

Nice weather is here

Not only are we forecasted for nice ocean weather thru this holiday weekend but also clear thru into the end of next week as well. Not much wind and very nice ocean swell forecasted thru that entire period. Whale sightings should be great.

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 07:53

Nice weather is here

Not only are we forecasted for nice ocean weather thru this holiday weekend but also clear thru into the end of next week as well. Not much wind and very nice ocean swell forecasted thru that entire period. Fishing should be great and the crabbing is also pretty decent as well.

Inshore Halibut opens up next Wednesday, June 1st. That can be a fun fishery as we have to fish inside 40-fathoms of water for the Halibut but we get to catch some bottom fish on the same trip. The Halibut catching can be hit or miss as not as close to a sure thing like the offshore fishery is but still the chance is there.

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 17:26

Sunday whale report

No official results of the Sunday afternoon cruising but we can tell you this. While driving down the highway in the late morning and early aftertnoon observations out on the water saw quite a few cruise boats of all kinds in one location which one can pretty much assume that the whale watching was really good today. In addition to that while up on the highway watching some of the fishing boats go out this morning right out in front of the city about 50 yards offshore I noticed three Orca whales swimming around more then likely trying to deciide on breakfast for the day. With all of the sea lions out there around the buoys I am sure they found something good to munch on. This is the time of year I believe that if you were looking for Orca whales in this area you might find some swimming by as it is the 2nd time in the past 3-4 days that we spotted some.

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 16:31

Whales on Saturday

Had good whale sightings again on Saturday as the Mr Max reported in that they had good trips and sightings on the ventures out on the waters in the afternoon excursions.

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 14:37

Tuesday afternoon whales

Whale watch trip on Tuesday again produced good whale sightings as the Mr Max again was out there locating them for the folks onboard. The whales are very easily found now that we have our local/resident whales in the area feeding and they will be here thru the 1st half of October.

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 15:46

Friendly whales on Sunday

The Mr Max had good whale sightings today with passengers quite excited when one of them came right up next to the boat. Good day…

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 14:25

A little wet but good ocean and whales

Quite rainy out on the whale grounds Saturday but not neerly as rainy as it was in the morning hours. We are on our 2nd cruise as I write this and we have had good whale sightings on both of the tours so far.

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 13:19

Good Tuesday whale sightings

The Sunrise is out there as we write just to the north side of the harbor entrance watching whales. The fishing boats also saw them on the way up north this morning and all of the ones we are seeing are feeding and not moving north. That might mean that our local / resident whales are here for the summer which are the easier whales to find and to watch.

Date: Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 08:40

A little rough but getting better

The ocean is slowly getting over a few days of windy rough ocean weather but it appears that the weather will be getting better from this afternoon (Sunday) into next week. The winds appear to be way down all of next week and with the low swell predictions also for next week we should begin seeing better conditions for fishing and whale watching.

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 14:23

A little choppy today

Sorry about Thursday whale watching at least I think I’m sorry. Not totally sure if we did go today but kinda doubtful. We are into a windy pattern where we have a few early morning less-windy periods but then by mid-morning they start back in again. The ocean gets quite choppy. This can be a day to day thing so hopefully better tomorrow.

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 14:51

Beautiful ocen weather Sunday and lots of whales to see

The Mr Max reported a beautiful ocean for family whale watching and they did not disappoint with good whale sightings on all three trips today. The resident whales are showing up so should be good thru the summer into the fall season. Next weeks ocean weather looks pretty good so come down and join us.

Date: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 14:50

Good sightings today

Today (Friday) we had really good sightings with the some cows and calves. The whale sightings are still really good even though the migration is slowly beginning to slow down. Don’t let that make you sad however because the cows and calves are going by which is really interesting to see and the resident / local whales are dropping off and we will have them around thru the month of October. So the best whale watching is ahead of us.

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 06:52

Tuesday the best day this work week

Unsettled weather this work week with the exception of Tuesday which sounds like a really nice ocean day. By Friday things will begin to settle out with the next week after that looking really nice so hopefully Spring is finally going to arrive.

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 15:44

Good whale watching sorta…

Did not have any cruises today going out but one of the fishing boats reported lots of whales still moving northbound and one was breaching and feeding off the shallow water reefs about 2-miles north of the city.

Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 15:00

Weekend whale update

The Sunrise has been out hunting down the migratory whales this weekend and has had good success both Saturday and Sunday. The better day was Sunday as they were more friendly types and did not mind being around the boats. Some of the whales are more elusive and shy and tend to when going by the boats head off into different directions to hide and not be seen as much. Very typical of many of the pods going by but we did see them both days on our trips.

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 16:40

Some nautical weather the next few days

Today, Wednesday and Thursday look like ocean weather days we don’t want to be out on but Friday thru the weekend look much better. We will see you then.

Date: Monday, April 11, 2016 at 15:29

Decent whale watching and the ocean might be changing

Whale watching was good on Sunday but from the reports they were pretty elusive and were doing the best job they could to hide from the boats which they will and can do from time to time. Especially the migratory whales. Monday we are not cruising as the ocean was beginning to build as the ocean weather Tuesday thru Thursday is changing butut that can change so stay tuned.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 16:25

Whales on all the trips Saturday

Good whale sightings all day Saturday after a day off yesterday as the whales are still going by steady and with good numbers.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 16:23

Good fishing with improvement in the crabbing

Did not get a whole bunch of accurate numbers from Saturday morning fishing trips but was told that the fishing totes for the customers were pretty full of fish and that the crabbing came in around 2-3 crabs per person. That was like Friday which is showing improvement over where it was most of the spring so far.

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 13:07

A little windy out there today

The wind came up a little earlier then forecasted and with the wind and choppy seas we made the decision to cancel trips for the day.

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 17:52

Whales sightings teriffic today

The best whale sightings of the year greeted our clients today with as the skipper of the Mr Max said, “there were whales everywhere.”

Good Day !!

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 17:53


Three full trips today watching the migratory whales and good sightings on all three trips. The whales put on good performances today with more good weather in the forecast.

Date: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 06:30

Wet & some wind today

Monday seems to be looking like a little wet & windy but it will all be out of here today and nice spring weather is forecasted to be here for the rest of the week.

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 15:40

Whales on the shy side today

Not a whole lot of info today but the first 3-trips or so Saturday we found several pods of whales and saw them spout a few times & then they were hard to find again. Some are more used to boats then others.

Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 15:50

Whalkes out there again today

The northerly migration is in full swing now as the whales are going by Depoe Bay fairly regularily.

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 15:07

Whales on all trips

The Mr Max out on the whale watch circuit today and after two trips out had whales on every trip as they are really going by Depoe Bay in good numbers now. It looks like this is the time to go folks if you have some migratory Gray whale watching on your agenda.

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 15:26

Good sightings today

The ocean weather really improved today and that resulted in good sightings the entire day from what was heard over the radio. It looked like from where the boats were coming from they were a litle ways offshore today.

Date: Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 14:58

Spring Break Week #2

Here we are in the 2nd week of Spring Breaks on the west coast and we had a tough day today where we stayed tied to the docks all day for whale watching. Tomorrow looks like another day like today but then Tuesday thru next weekend looks like clear, dry and sunny weather and right now we are seeing really nice ocean condi tions as well. So we will see you at the Oregon Coast at Tradewinds Depoe Bay for some great whale watching beginning around the noon hour but call the office for exact times and reservations.

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 15:53

Quite a few critters running north

Sounds like there are whales in small pods every which way but the issue that is facing the captains is which way to go and that the whales are staying down for a long timeafter seeing them once and sometimes you can’t find them again. Not that iunusual for migratory whales as they are just not as cooperative as residemnt whales are.

Date: Friday, March 25, 2016 at 16:04

Better weather on the way

The weekend looks OK with some wet stuff falling from the sky once in a while but next week after a little hiccup on Monday looks really nice and sunny for the rest of the week into next weekend. Of course around here this winter/spring that is all open to change but at least we have a better looking forecast.

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 06:49

Ocean weather forecast

Possibly tomorrow but better to look towards the weekend as both days look pretty nice.

Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 14:47

Three trips Sunday then the winds came

Not sure what happened on all three trips today but I do know I heard on the radio that there were some whales they were watching only about a mile offshore next to the whistle buoy. They are going by pretty steady right now but we had to quit fairly early in the afternoon as the winds came up pretty heavy which ended our whale watch day.

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 14:05

Much better day of whale sightings Saturday

Two of the best whale finders on the coast today out for Tradewinds and both out at the same time and have had good success in locating ther migratory whales. The years of experience that we have pays off especially when the migration is just beginning and they are not as easy to find. Only one office to go and see the wbales wth if you want the best chance to see them. More trips later in the day.

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 13:16

Northerly migration has begun

Not alot of the Gray whales here yet but they are filtering by in smaller numbers and that will increase as the days go by.

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 10:40

Thursday and Friday look good-Saturday maybe a little wet

Sure looks like nice ocean weather for this time of year thru Friday and Saturday not a bad ocean but might be a little wet. Will keep you up-to-date with a honest weather prediction for your planning.

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 18:14

Later next week weather looking better

Next Thursday, Friday and Saturday from this weather viewpoint looking like the best chance of getting out to do some whale watching. It looks like it will actually be dry weather as well. Will keep you up-to-date as we get closer.

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 07:57

Maybe next Wednesday ocean looking better

Checking out the long range forecast next Wednesday, March 16th is the first day right now the ocean seems to be clearing up from the several weeks of rain, wind and rough ocean weather. After that things look OK for now but to early to make a prediction but at least things are lookiong better. More as we get closer.

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 20:49

To all the folks out in Central Oregon
A great thank you to the great folks out in the Redmond, Oregon and surrounding area for the attendance at the Central Oregon Sportsman Show the past four days. Great attendance and loads of great folks coming up to our booth and wishing us well and looking forward to coming down and going fishing and whale watching with us. A great weekend in Central Oregon.

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 05:27

Sorry Boise

Want to apologize to all our good friends and customers in the Idaho area for not being able to attend the Boise Sportsman Show. This year we just did not have the personal to get there and put on a good show. So, no matter what you “might have heard” we are running strong for this upcoming 2016 season and “WILL” be back to your great area next year. See you this summer.

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 13:40

Not a good weather weekend coming up
Sorry, but we are still a few weeks away from the beginning of the northerly migration and the weather outlook for this weekend and a few days beyond that looks really “nautical”. Rain, wind and big swells. Spring is just around the corner and the weather will get better also so stay tuned and we will be the first to let you know when the weather changes.

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 11:40

March 15th – Good date to plan for the northerly migration

Not many if any whales out there at this time as we await the return of the whales on the northerly migration normally beginning around the middle of March. Watch this report and as soon as we begin to see them we will let you know.

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 11:20

Portland Sportsman Show ? February 10th thru February 14th, 2016

Tradewinds Whale Watch report back BIGGER & BETTER March 1st

Happy New Year folks and the Tradewinds staff hopes to see you at the Portland Sportsman Show only a few weeks away opening Wednesday, February 10th thru Sunday, February 14th at the Expo Center in Portland, Oregon. Drop by our booth and talk with us about some of the terrific changes and specials that will be available for you. This is really going to be a special season @ Tradewinds Depoe Bay.