Harvesting Methods
Crab Pots
     Can be purchased or rigged of netting or mesh over an iron frame which has one or two “tunnels” (funnel shaped openings) for the entry of crabs. A trigger device prevents the crabs from escaping back through the tunnels, though state regulations require an escape hatch bound with a biodegradable cord which will rot away and allow the crab to escape if the pot is lost. Light weight pots suitable for sport use can be satisfactory in the Puget Sound area, but are not adequate to oceans and coastal bays. The pots are set in water depths of 20–150 feet and marked by a line buoy, often a plastic jug or styrofoam block, which must be identified with the crabber's name and address. Sport pots are generally baited with herring, rockfish carcasses, salmon heads, or clams. They are usually checked daily, but may be left for several days. See the official “Sport Fishing Rules” for specific gear rules for crab pots.

Ring Nets
     A basket made of two iron hoops and cotton or nylon mesh. The upper hoop is larger in diameter than the lower one and allows the net to lie flat when the device is lowered to the bottom. Bait is tied to the bottom, and the crab has easy access to it while the net is flat. When the device is hauled rapidly to the surface, it forms a basket in which the crabs are temporarily trapped. These nets must be tended quite frequently as nothing keeps the crab in them except its desire for the bait. These devices are in declining use.

Long-handled Dip Nets From Boats
     Involves cruising slowly over sand flats and eel-grass beds where crabs are found and dipping them with a wire and frame scoop attached to a long pole. This can be a productive method at low tide during calm weather.

Wading with Short Handled Dip Nets
     The crabber wades though lagoons or shallow waters at low tide searching for crabs. The wader usually tows a tub or gunny sack to hold the catch so that both hands will be free to use the net.

Hook and Line
     Not a common method of taking the Dungeness Crab, except at the mouth of the Dungeness River in early fall. Sometimes, however, crabs take bait intended for fish and are landed by the fisherman either intentionally or because the crab becomes tangled in the line.