Puget Sound’s 2013 summer crabbing season has just kicked off! Get in on some great summertime fun out on the Sound. Early reports are rolling in and crabbing in all areas of Puget Sound has been great! Here is a rough outline of the 2013 Puget Sound Crab Season, always consult the Washington Fishing Rules Pamphlet before heading out on the water… Good Luck out there folks!
Puget Sound Crab License
Anyone 15 years or older is required to possess a Washington State Shellfish License or Combination Fishing License. In addition, anyone fishing for Crab in Puget Sound is required to get a Puget Sound Crab Endorsement (regardless of age). All Dungeness Crab that are kept must be recorded on a Catch Record Card.
Crab Limits & Size in Puget Sound
The daily limit for crab in Puget Sound…
- 5 Dungeness Crab (males only, hardshell condition only); Minimum Size is 6 ¼”
- 6 Red Rock Crab (either males or females); Minimum Size is 5”
Puget Sound Crabbing Areas & Seasons
Marine Areas in Puget Sound (Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11, 13) and Hood Canal (Marine Area 12) will be open for crabbing from July 1 (7am) through September 2.
San Juan Islands will open at a later date. Marine Area 7 South opens July 15 (7am); Marine Area 7 North opens August 15 (7am). San Juan Islands will remain open for crabbing until September 30.
When is Puget Sound Open for Crabbing?
Puget Sound crabbing is opened for crabbing Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
- There are strict rules and guidelines for crabbing in Puget Sound, please use this page as a rough guide. Consult the official Washington Fishing Rules Pamphlet for all regulations & seasons.
- There are strict rules on crab pot/trap/ring construction: please consult the Washington Fishing Rules Pamphlet
- All crab gear must be removed from the water at the end of the weekly open days.
- Crab gear can be left overnight only when the following day is open.
- Crab Catch Record Card must be returned to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife at the end of the crabbing season.