Statewide Gear Rules
Crab, Shrimp & Crawfish
Report Derelict Fishing Gear
Puget Sound Dungeness Crab and Spot Prawn Consumption Advisory (DOH)
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Seasons/Rules Marine Area Status Days Open Opening Date Closing Date
View 1 - South Coast/Pacific Ocean OPEN Everyday Year-round
View 1 - Columbia River OPEN Everyday Year-round
View 2 - Westport/Ocean Shores OPEN Everyday Year-round
View 2 - Willapa Bay - Area 2-1 OPEN Everyday Year-round
View 2 - Grays Harbor - Area 2-2 OPEN Everyday Year-round
View 3 - LaPush OPEN Everyday Year-round
View 4 - Neah Bay - East of Tatoosh-Bonilla line CLOSED None Year-round
View 4 - Neah Bay - West of Tatoosh-Bonilla line OPEN Everyday Year-round
View 5 - Sekiu and Pillar Point CLOSED None Year-round
View 6 - East Juan de Fuca Strait, Port Angeles Harbor, Discovery Bay CLOSED None Year-round
View 7 - South - San Juan Islands/Bellingham LIMITED SEASON Thursday - Monday only July 15, 2016 September 30, 2016
View 7 - North - Gulf of Georgia LIMITED SEASON Thursday - Monday only August 13, 2016 September 30, 2016
View 8 - Deception Pass - Area 8-1 CLOSED None Year-round
View 8 - Port Susan/Everett - Area 8-2 CLOSED None Year-round
View 9 - Port Gamble/Port Ludlow CLOSED None Year-round
View 9 - Admiralty Inlet CLOSED None Year-round
View 10 - Seattle/Bremerton CLOSED None Year-round
View 11 - Tacoma-Vashon Island CLOSED None Year-round
View 12 - Hood Canal CLOSED None Year-round
View 13 - South Puget Sound CLOSED None Year-round
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

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.

Locations of Marine Areas for recreational crabbing