" I Caught the Crabs "

April Doornbos By April Doornbos , 18th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Catching crabs and digging for crabs along the rugged coast of Oregon

The Salmon River

After leaving a cold and extremely windy Cascade Locks I proceeded south to Salem Oregon where I continued towards the Oregon coast just off the I-5 which wound it's way threw the Cascade mountains that were breathtaking as I meandered along a short stretch of highway that flanked the Salmon river where I stopped for the night just across the street from this dilapidated old tackle store named appropriately the Tackle Box, the clerk and owner was a very polite and well informed man who helped me and answered all my questions patiently. He offered to let me fish behind his run down but quaint shop in the cool refreshing waters of the Salmon river but the fall run had not begun so it was absent the very fish that gave it's name to this river but it still was teaming with other fish such as trout and I caught a few but they were to small so after a few hours I continued on my way.

Lincoln City

I hadn't realized how very close I was to my destination because 45 minutes later the highway 22 which by then had turned into the 18 which was brief before merging with the 101, the same 101 that goes all the way to California, but in Oregon it is not a major interstate but filled with traffic lights and many small beach community with the usual beach town shops and of course yet another casino, the Chinook Winds but for RV'ers these places are ideal for spending the night. Actually there a five small towns linked together in the next five miles before I would reach my intended destination which would be the Siletz bay.

The Siletz bay and Schooner Creek

This active and extremely abundant bay thrives with edible delights such as the Dungeness crab that you can catch threw out the day but during low tides you can wade across the mouth of Schooner Creek to the flats where you can dig for Purple Varnish clams that after being purged for a couple of days in sea water which will reduce any grit still inside them and then steam them for five minutes you will have a healthy and fresh meal plain or with a little butter and garlic, yum! Let's not forget another main attraction in this bay, the fall run of the highly prized Chinook Salmon but there is plenty of completion for these fish and even if you are lucky enough to hook one doesn't mean you will land it because of the harbor seals that beach themselves on the opposite side of this bay, when the high tide begins to come in it is slow and calm but not for long and it can become so rough that it has earned the name "The Jaws of Death" because many small boats have been swamped in this area and people have downed in the rapid currents and cold waters. Siletz bay was part of the Siletz reservation 1892-1894 that extended to the Schooner Creek where at one time over a billion and a half feet of timber found their way from the Columbia river and out into the bay, even today the beach is littered with dozens of burnt trees people light for warmth as they fish these shores morning, noon and night.

Cape Foulweather

Just around Labor Day I moved on towards Newport and my next challenge catching crabs or fish but didn't get very far until my visibility got worse and worse until half way through my short drive I had to stop completely at one of the many day parks or view points along this immensely scenic drive, it's not referred to Cape Foul Weather for nothing, so killing sometime before I attempted to proceed I walked down to their gift shop to check out the limited view since it to was shrouded in a thick blanket of low clouds and marine layer, no wonder this area has so many lighthouses to aid seafaring vessels away from the rocky shores of the Oregon coast. Walking towards the rear of the gift shop the only visible view was straight down several hundred feet where the waves crashed violently on the high cliffs below, quite a dramatic sight indeed! Finally after a brief rest and some local directions I was able to proceed to the small coast town of Newport that is nestled along the Yaquina bay and the foreboding Pacific ocean.

The Port of Newport

This was such a spectacular pleasant surprise as I lingered in this town and its abundant bay crabbing five days a week weather permitting careful to avoid the weekends and the stampede of tourists or weekend warriors and their array of crab traps, at first I just stayed close to the pier but soon noticed several other interesting parks or attractions such as the Yaquina Bay lighthouse established in 1871 The daily fishing tours taking visitors out to try their luck in the open ocean, fishing gear and license fees included in these spendy excursions, also whale watching tours are available year round since they are luck enough to have year round residents in the abundant waters. This will remain a highlight during the months I have spent in this special and breathtaking state of natural wonders from its wildlife, scenic beauty unparalleled any where in the United States and it's pleasant and friendly citizens. I will no doubt return to this lovely location again and again as I continue to explore this interesting state of hidden treasures.


Clamming, Crab Fishing, Oregon Coast, Recreational Activities

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author avatar April Doornbos
In my younger days I exercised famous racehorses until I injured my spine since then I have traveled to Europe many times and all over the Unite States.

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28th Apr 2016 (#)

I goggled you , you showed up on Scam survivors ?

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