Recreational ocean and bay crabbing reopens Cape Blanco to California border

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

NEWPORT, Ore – The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and ODFW reopens all recreational crabbing (ocean, bays, and estuaries) from Cape Blanco to the California border. Two consecutive tests show domoic acid levels are under the closure threshold.

However, all recreational crabbing from Cape Blanco to eight miles north of Winchester Bay (43 degrees 47' at Tahkenitch Creek) remains closed with elevated domoic acid levels.

All recreational crabbing remains open from eight miles north of Winchester Bay to the Washington border. A map of the open and closed areas is available online.

Recreational bay clam and mussel harvesting also remain open along the entire Oregon coast. However, razor clamming is still closed coastwide.

ODA tests for shellfish toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening an area closed for biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit.

Domoic acid is produced by algae and originates in the ocean.

It is recommended that recreational crab harvesters always eviscerate crab before cooking. This includes removing and discarding the viscera, internal organs, and gills.

For more information, call ODA's shellfish biotoxin safety hotline at (800)448-2474, the Food Safety Division at (503) 986-4720, or visit the ODA shellfish biotoxin closures webpage.

Contact ODFW for recreational license requirements, permits, rules and limits.


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for Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

Grande Ronde River: Anglers have been catching steelhead on the Grande Ronde River
Imnaha River: Steelhead fishing may be good throughout the winter when the weather warms
Wallowa River: Coho salmon have moved into the Wallowa River watershed to spawn
Crooked River: Anglers report fair fishing on the Crooked
Fall River: Fly-anglers continue to report good early winter fishing in the Fall River
Clackamas River: There are still some late returning wild coho in the lower system,
Eagle Creek: Eagle Creek Fishing Report
Henry Hagg Lake: Henry Hagg Fishing Report
Sandy River: Coho continue to trickle through the Sandy
Alsea River: Winter steelhead are starting to show up in the Alsea
Siuslaw River: Winter steelhead typically start to show up in December on the Siuslaw River
Applegate Reservoir: With cool temperatures trout fishing should be decent
Chetco River: More rain is forecasted for this week and river levels are predicted to rise
Illinois River: Trout fishing is open
Lost Creek Lake: Cooler temperatures allow the trout to spread out throughout Lost Creek
Rogue River- Lower: Fishing effort is ticking up and there are a couple early reports of winter steelhead
Rogue River - Middle: Coho are pushing through the middle Rogue
Rogue River- Upper: A good push of coho have arrived at Cole Rivers Hatchery for the second week in a row
Sixes River: Forecasted rain for this week should bump up the flow quite a bit
Blitzen River: Winter fishing conditions are here
Delintment Lake: No reports on ice thickness but it should be over 4 inches thick
Upper Klamath Lake: Most boat ramps are frozen except Rocky Point
Lake Of The Woods: The lake is freezing fast
Yellowjacket Lake: Trout densities are quite high in Yellowjacket going into winter
Brownlee Reservoir: Brownlee Reservoir Report
Snake River- Below Hells Canyon Reservoir: Sturgeon fishing can be good in the Snake River downstream of Hells Canyon Dam