Statewide Gear Rules
Crab, Shrimp & Crawfish
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Description Status
1 South Coast/Pacific Ocean OPEN
1 Columbia River OPEN
2 Westport/Ocean Shores OPEN
2 Willapa Bay - Area 2-1 OPEN
2 Grays Harbor - Area 2-2 OPEN
3 LaPush OPEN
4 Neah Bay - East of Tatoosh-Bonilla line OPEN
4 Neah Bay - West of Tatoosh-Bonilla line OPEN
5 Sekiu and Pillar Point OPEN
6 East Juan de Fuca Strait, Port Angeles Harbor, Discovery Bay CLOSED
7 South - San Juan Islands/Bellingham CLOSED
7 North - Gulf of Georgia CLOSED
8 Deception Pass - Area 8-1 CLOSED
8 Port Susan/Everett - Area 8-2 CLOSED
9 Admiralty Inlet LIMITED SEASON
10 Seattle/Bremerton CLOSED
11 Tacoma-Vashon Island CLOSED
12 Hood Canal OPEN
13 South Puget Sound OPEN

Crabbing is one of Puget Sound’s most popular recreational fisheries. Each year, sport fishers catch more than a million pounds of Dungeness crab, using pots, ring nets and – in the case of wade and dive fishers – their bare hands.

In addition to meeting licensing requirements, everyone who fishes for crab in Puget Sound must carry and complete catch record cards to account for all Dungeness crab they catch. Recent changes in the reporting system now in effect:

  • Two-card reporting system: All sport crabbers fishing in Puget Sound are required to report their Dungeness crab catch on separate summer and fall/winter catch record cards at the end of each season. The new cards are separate from the multi-species card used for recording catches of salmon, halibut and other fish. People of all ages who have a crab endorsement and received a catch record card are required to make a report even if they did not go crabbing or catch any crab.
  • On-line reporting: Sport crabbers can either report their information on the WDFW crab reporting website or mail in their catch cards. The website address for reporting crab catches is printed on the catch record card along with reporting deadlines.
    The reporting site will only accept catch reports during two time periods.  Summer Catch Record Cards can only be entered from Labor Day through October 1stWinter Catch Record Cards can only be entered from January 1st through February 1st.  The reporting site will allow you to view your reporting history at any time.
  • No coastal reporting: Catch record cards are required for those fishing for Dungeness crab along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, which includes marine area 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line) and marine areas 5-13. They are not required along the coast, which includes marine areas 1-3 and marine area 4 (west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line).
  • Failure to report penalty: If crabbers fail to report their summer or winter harvest, they will be assessed a $10 penalty with the following year's license purchase.

Fishery managers rely on individual catch record card reports to estimate recreational harvest and to set future crabbing opportunities. By completing catch record cards, fishers play a vital role in maintaining sustainable harvest opportunities.

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for crab season and limit information

Crab Seasons  - Neah Bay - West of Tatoosh-Bonilla line Crab Seasons - Sekiu and Pillar Point Crab Seasons - Seattle/Bremerton Crab Seasons -  San Juans/Eastern Juan De Fuca Crab Seasons - San Juan Islands/Bellingham portion of Marine Area 7 Crab Seasons - LaPush Crab Seasons - Westport/Ocean Shores Crab Seasons - Grays Harbor Crab Seasons - Willapa Bay Crab Seasons - South Coast Crab Seasons - Columbia River Crab Seasons - Neah Bay - East of Tatoosh-Bonilla line Crab Seasons -  East Juan de Fuca Strait, Port Angeles Harbor, Discovery Bay Crab Seasons - Hood Canal Crab Seasons - South Puget Sound Crab Season - Tacoma-Vashon Island Crab Seasons -  Admiralty Inlet Crab Seasons - Deception Pass Crab Seasons - Port Susan/Everett

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Crabbing in Puget Sound (Sport fishing guide) PDF
Puget Sound Recreational Dungeness Crab Guide PDF
Catch reports are only accepted during two time periods:
Summer Catch Record Cards
Labor Day through October 1st
Winter Catch Record Cards
January1st through February 1st
Report Online!Online Puget Sound Crab Reporting
Dungeness Crab Catch Record Card Information
Statewide Harvest Rules
Washington State Auditor's Report:
Puget Sound Dungeness Crab Fishing

January 2010
Recreational Shrimp Fishing
Boating in Washington Information
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Information