The annual crab contest at Winchester Bay is currently underway and will run through the month of September.
A unique feature of this particular contest is that there is no entry fee required, yet one lucky crabber can win $1,000.
You don’t even need a boat as most of the tagged crabs taken each season are taken by dockbound crabbers.
The way the contest works. is that a total of 100 tagged crabs are released into the lower Umpqua River at Winchester Bay.
When a lucky crabber catches a tagged crab (it will have a numbered metal spinner blade attached to one of it’s hind legs) they need to take the crab. including the spinner blade tag into the Sportsman Cannery.
Upon turning in the crab. they will immediately win a hat (they’re nice) and also become eligible for for the preselected number for the grand prize.
It is important to realize – that the thousand dollars will be awarded even if nobody catches the crab with the tag representing the grand prize – instead of a lump sum, the thousand dollars will be awarded in three separate cash awards of $500. $300 and $200 – with the numbers drawn at the contest’s close from the tag numbers of the crabs that were caught during the contest.