Crabbing season to open this Thursday in Blaine, Birch Bay

Published on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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After long last, the waters off Blaine and Birch Bay will be open to recreational crabbing this Thursday.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials have set 7 a.m., Thursday, August 16, as the official start of the recreational crab fishing season in Blaine and Birch Bay. Crabbers will be able to drop their pots and fish for crab every day of the week, except Tuesday and Wednesday, until Sunday, September 30.

In the northern Puget Sound area, which includes Blaine Birch Bay, sport crabbers can take home five male Dungeness crabs 6.25 inches or larger and six Red Rock crabs of either sex 5 inches or larger per day. Soft-shell crab, those that have molted in the past two or three months, of both species must be released.

All sport crabbers 15 years or older must carry a current Washington fishing license, according to WDFW regulations. Additionally, all crabbers, regardless of age, who fish for crab in Puget Sound must carry and complete catch record cards to account for all Dungeness crab they catch.

Click here for more on crabbing regulations and requirements, and click here or details on crab identification. For updates on any changes to crabbing rules, call 1-866-880-5431.



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