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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 23, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Preliminary Dungeness crab sport catches show just how good it was this summer

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Here are the 2011 estimated summer Dungeness crab sport catch by area and month:

Marine Catch Area 7 (San Juan Islands): 106,410 pounds in July; 129,096 in August; and 34,713 in September. Number of crab harvested was 270,219 for a total weight of 486,395 pounds.

Marine Catch Areas 8-1 and 8-2 (east side of Whidbey Island): 267,053 pounds in July; 153,640 in August; and 46,682 in September. Number of crab harvested was 467,376 for a total weight of 841,276 pounds.

Marine Catch Area 9 (Northern Puget Sound): 35,019 pounds in July; 20,953 in August; and 6,531 in September. Number of crab harvested was 62,503 for a total weight of 112,505 pounds.

Marine Catch Area 6 (Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca at Port Angeles): 44,338 pounds in July; 16,056 in August; and 4,529 in September. Number of crab harvested was 64,923 for a total weight of 116,861 pounds.

Marine Catch Areas 4 and 5 (Western Strait of Juan de Fuca at Neah Bay and Sekiu): 3,215 pounds in July; 1,440 in August; and 251 in September. Number of crab harvested was 4,905 for a total weight of 8,830 pounds.

Marine Catch Area 10 (Central Puget Sound): 38,587 pounds in July; 23,472 in August; and 7,151 in September. Number of crab harvested was 69,211 for a total weight of 124,580 pounds.

Marine Catch Area 12 (Hood Canal): 90,584 pounds in July; 46,330 in August; and 13,761 in September. Number of crab harvested was 150,674 for a total weight of 271,214 pounds.

Marine Catch Area 11 (South central Puget Sound): 22,960 pounds in July; 16,001 in August; and 3,929 in September. Number of crab harvested was 42,890 for a total weight of 77,202 pounds.

Marine Catch Area 13 (Southern Puget Sound): 17,052 pounds in July; 11,339 in August; and 3,161 in September. Number of crab harvested was 31,551 for a total weight of 56,791 pounds.

Total Marine Catch: 625,217 pounds in July; 418,327 in August; and 120,708 in September. Number of crab harvested was 1,164,252 for a total weight of 2,095,654 pounds.

(Photo by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff photographer)

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