Puget Sound Winter Crab Season October 2023

Good crab pot pull

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today that many Puget Sound marine areas will reopen for recreational crab fishing beginning Oct. 1.

Openings were approved based on preliminary harvest estimates using catch record card information from the 2023 summer season and what is expected to occur during the winter season.

Waters reopening to sport crabbing Oct. 1 include:

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Puget Sound Crab Season 2023

Hood Canal Crabbing can product some nice hauls of crab
Hood Canal Crabbing can product some nice hauls of crab

The details of our Puget Sound summer crabbing season have finally been announced! Most of it gets underway on July 1st, with some of the usual areas delaying their openers out of concern for soft shells continuing through July.

This blog post will share the season details and connect you to helpful resources for anyone just starting out, or if you need a refresher / new gear for this crabbing season.

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Recreational crabbing to open July 1 for many Puget Sound marine areas

Dungeness Crab caught in Hood Canal

June 14, 2023
Contact: Fish Program, 360-902-2700
Media contact: Mark Yuasa, 360-902-2262

Recreational crabbing to open July 1 for many Puget Sound marine areas

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Puget Sound Crab Season 2022

Puget sound dungeness crab getting a good pinch in on my buddy who didn't hangle it correctly

The above photo still makes me laugh! How we captured this moment still astounds me. Proper crab handling is an important topic, but so are the details of the 2022 Puget Sound Crab season which has just been announced! Here are some things you need to know to have a great crab season in the Puget Sound in 2022.

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An Incredible PNW Summer in 2021

A couple of pink salmon from the Puyallup

2021 has brought us an absolutely incredible summer in the PNW on many levels. I want to share what I’ve been up to, some of the opportunities ahead and a bit of behind the scenes for me personally.

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