Late-Season Recreational Crab Fishing - Willapa Marine & Outdoor

Late-Season Recreational Crab Fishing

The WDFW announced that several marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing on Oct. 1. 

The waters reopening to sport crabbing include marine areas 4 (Neah Bay, east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardiner), and 9 (Admiralty Inlet), except for waters south of a line from Olele Point to Foulweather Bluff.

Sport crabbing will not reopen for winter in marine areas 10 (Seattle-Bremerton), 11 (Vashon Island), and 13 (South Puget Sound). 

Crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31 in each area. The daily catch limit is five Dungeness crab, males only, with a minimum carapace width of 6-1/4". All Dungeness crab caught must be recorded immediately on your Puget Sound Dungeness crab endorsement card, which are valid through Dec. 31. 

For more information on catch record cards visit WDFW's website at:

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