Seaside Stories

We’re Getting Crabby on the Coast

December 21, 2013 | by Veronica Russell

Catch your limit or get your fill, it’s crab season on the coast!

Those who delight in Dungeness probably already know this, but it’s finally open season for crabbing on the coast! Dungeness crab season typically opens the first of December, but when the experts at the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife decide they’re not quite ready, (when their shells aren’t quite hardened enough after their summer molting, or their light weight indicates they’re not quite plump enough), the opening of commercial crabbing season is delayed, as it was this year.

While consumer recreational crabbing in Oregon’s estuaries is allowed year round, commercial crabbing typically opens in December and continues through mid-August. Seaside’s 12th Avenue bridge is a popular spot to drop a crab pot year round and many patient folks regularly catch their dinner there.

For those who are in the mood for a little more immediate gratification, you’ll find plenty of restaurants in Seaside, Oregon more than happy to prepare and serve you the freshest Dungeness of the season, whether you fancy crab cakes, crab bisque, or just a pile of crab legs with hot butter for the dipping.

My friends and family members who come to visit in Seaside often stop off at Bell Buoy seafood market on the way out to pick up some whole cooked crab for the road. What better souvenir from the coast?! With over 400 Oregon commercial crab permits issued, we’re sure you will have no problem finding your fill of sweet Dungeness crab at the coast.

Editor’s Note: A shellfish license is required for recreational crabbing. See the ODFW website for tips and complete rules and regulations.

Leave a Reply

and so much more!

Antiquing in Seaside

Antique shopping in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Snail Mail: the Agony & the Ecstasy

Snail mail in Seaside circa 1909.

Learn More
How to Catch Your Dinner: Learning the joy of razor clamming in Seaside, Oregon

The way to dig for razor clams and what to do with them once you catch them in Seaside, Oregon...

Learn More
Seeing Seaside on a Surrey

Cruising around Seaside on a Surrey can be great exercise and a scenic journey

Learn More
5 Ways to Social Distance in Seaside

With miles of wide sandy beach and clean sea breezes sweeping along the oceanfront Promenade, Seaside is one of the best places to...

Learn More
Beach Access for Everyone

Beach Wheelchair Access is Growing on the Coast Seaside is proud to be among a small number of coastal towns in Oregon to offer fr...

Learn More
Destinations Magazine: Great Escapes

Vacations are the “great escapes we need,” says Destinations magazine, “to relax, recharge and rejuvenate oursel...

Learn More
View from the Hotel Seaside

A view from the old Hotel Seaside in the mid 1920s

Learn More
How to Treasure the Beach

No one owns the Oregon Coast — it belongs to everyone. Thanks to 1967’s landmark Beach Bill, Oregon has some of the most prote...

Learn More
Seaside Golf Club

A look at the history of the Seaside Golf Club.

Learn More
Smoothies, Boba, Floats and Other Specialty Drinks

It’s hot out and you’ve worked up a thirst. Sometimes that plain old water isn’t going to satisfy. Luckily, it’s easy to f...

Learn More
Tips for Whale Watching In and Around Seaside

** Story updated for 2022 ** While it’s possible to see whales all year along the Oregon Coast, visitors tend to flock to Seasid...

Learn More
Chasing Waterfalls

Waterfalls around Seaside, Oregon.

Learn More
Episode Six: Phillips Candies

Take a walk down memory lane and discover one of Seaside's oldest establishments: the famous Phillips Candies on Broadway.

Learn More
Locals Weigh In on the Best Ways to Visit Seaside

Building a campfire on the beach is a special tradition in Seaside. Photo: Kimson Doan Maybe you’ve visited Seaside for decades,...

Learn More
Terrible Tilly

A brief history of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, or better know as "Terrible Tilly"

Learn More
Riding the Streetcar in Seaside

Riding the streetcar in Seaside is a fun and affordable way to see the town.

Learn More