Crabbing - Open Nest

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Crabbing is an exciting coastal adventure not to be missed. You fish for crab from a boat using crab rings and traps. Pull them up quickly and you’ll see piles of tangled crabs all scrambling to get out. Reach in with a mitt so you won’t get pinched—then measure to sort between legal size keepers (males only) and smaller lucky crabs who get tossed back. Then take home to cook in a pot of boiling water where they’ll turn a beautiful bright red.


+ Nestucca River in Pacific City: You can usually find crab in the Nestucca Bay near the mouth of the river, but you’ll need a boat of some kind.  Some people have little crab traps that can be used from a kayak or you can use crab rings from a motor boat. There are no crab ring rentals in Pacific City so be sure to bring some with you.

+ Netarts Bay: There is good crabbing in Netarts Bay, just 15 miles north of Pacific City on the Three Capes Scenic Loop. You can rent crab rings from Netarts Bay RV Park & Marina. 503.842.7774

+ The Garibaldi Marina: If you love boats and small towns, you should visit the Garibaldi Marina approximately 45 minutes from Pacific City and 15 miles north of Tillamook. This is a great place to see real working boats and buy some freshly caught salmon or crab too. They rent boats and crab rings. 503.322.3312