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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 22, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Very good Puget Sound winter Dungeness crab season ends after Dec. 31

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As we head into the final days of the winter Dungess crab season, those who’ve partaken in it have found some excellent crabbing.

And there’s still time to take advantage of it as some Puget Sound marine areas are currently open and will close at sunset on Saturday, Dec. 31.

Once the winter season ends all sport crabbers licensed to fish for crab in Puget Sound will have until Feb. 1 to report their winter catch.

State fishing rules require that all sport crabbers with winter catch record cards submit catch reports for the winter season to state Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by Feb. 1 – even if they did not catch any crab.

Sport crabbers should be aware that if they fail to submit a winter catch report, they will receive a $10 fine when they purchase their 2012 crab endorsement.

“By submitting their catch data, crabbers play an important role in managing the Puget Sound crab fishery,” Rich Childers, the state Fish and Wildlife crab manager said in a news release. “We need to hear from everyone who was issued a winter catch card – including from those who didn’t catch any crab.”

To submit catch reports, crabbers may send their catch record card to state Fish and Wildlife by mail or file their report on a special webpage on the department’s licensing website.

The mailing address is WDFW CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091. The online reporting system will be available Jan. 1-Feb. 1 at the state Fish and Wildlife website.

(Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times archive)

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