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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 12, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Northern San Juan Island area opens Aug. 15 for Dungeness crabs

Dungeness crab fishing remains excellent in all open areas of Puget Sound and Hood Canal, and the final area to open for Dungies is the northern portion of San Juan Island starting Aug. 15.

This part of the northern island chain includes Hale Passage, Boundary Bay, Birch Bay, Drayton Harbor and waters near Point Roberts.

The crab fishery in that area will be closed Tuesday (Aug. 16) and Wednesday (Aug. 17), then reopen on a Thursday-through-Monday schedule through Sept. 30.

The Puget Sound daily catch limit is five Dungeness crab – males only – in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6 1/4 inches.

Crabbers may also catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

Crabbers are reminded to record their catch immediately after retaining the crabs. Red rock crab should not be recorded on the card.

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