Crabbers can start dusting off their crab pots as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently announced summer crab fishing seasons in Puget Sound waters.
While the summer sport crab fishing season opened this past weekend at some locations, the season on Whidbey Island waters is slated to open Saturday, July 1, according to an agency press release. The opening date is the same for all designated marine areas surrounding the island.
The daily limit throughout Puget Sound is five male Dungeness crab in hard shell condition with a minimum width of 6.25 inches. Six red rock crab of either sex can be caught per day, as long as they’re at least five inches wide.
Recreational crabbing is scheduled Thursdays through Mondays each week, according to a WDFW press release. The season closes Sept. 4.
Crabbers are required to fill out summer catch record cards immediately after catching crab.
Visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/for details.