Area 9 Crab Opening

Area 9 Crab Opening


Crab opens on July 1, 2017 Thursday thru Monday until Labor Day Weekend or until quotas are met. It is closed on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s. 

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, and 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 1st. Winter 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.