Washington State Crabbing
Regulations for Dungeness Crab
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
, Sport Fishing Rules
Washington state residents above the age of 14 and all non-residents
must have a Shellfish/Seaweed License to fish for crab.
As of May 18, 2004, there is a $3.00 endorsement fee to fish for Dungeness Crab in Puget Sound.
Season/Opening Days and Times /Additional Rules
Crab season opening dates are based on molt timings in the
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Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, and Marine Area 4 (west of Bonilla Tatoosh Line).
Open December 1 to September 15 for Pot Gear. Open year-round to other gear.
East of a line from exposed end of north and south jetty upstream to a line between Tongue Point and Rocky Point
Open year-round to all gear. Crab fishers may fish for crab in Oregon waters under Oregon rules and land into Washington ports of the Columbia River.
Crabbing is prohibited at all times within 25 yards of the Burlington Northern Railroad Trestle.
Crab gear may only be set or pulled from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset within 25 yards of the Burlington Northern Railroad Trestles located at the north end of Swinomish Slough.
Measurement and Gender Determination
Measure crab at the widest part of the shell
JUST IN FRONT OF THE POINTS OR TIPS
Dollar bills are not accurate for measuring crab.