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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 28, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Crab fishing season reopens in some places of Puget Sound

The sport crab season reopens at sunrise on Sunday, Nov. 1, in Central Puget Sound [Area 10] and most of northern Puget Sound [9] and will remain open daily through Jan. 2.

A portion of Area 9 south of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point will remain closed during the fall and winter season.

Crab fishing is also open daily now through Jan. 2 at Neah Bay [4], Sekiu [5] and southern Puget Sound [13]. Hood Canal is currently open but will close at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Crabbing won’t reopen in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca [6], San Juan Islands [7], east side of Whidbey Island [8-1 and 8-2] and south central Puget Sound [11] where the summer catch reached its annual sport quota.

“We want to give crabbers as much opportunity to fish as possible, but with great weather this summer, we had a lot of people out crabbing and catch rates were high,” Rich Childers, a state Fish and Wildlife shellfish manager said in a news release.

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6ΒΌ inches. Fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

Please read my fishing report in tomorrow’s paper for more information.

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