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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 2, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Summer Dungeness crab fishery winding down in most parts of Puget Sound

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The summer Dungeness crab fisheries in most parts of Puget Sound will come to a close when the sun sets on Labor Day, Sept. 3, but anglers have been very satisfied with the outcome of the season.

Only the San Juan Islands will remain open through Sept. 30. Anglers in those two areas after Monday, Sept. 3 must record their catch on winter catch record cards.

Winter cards are free to those with crab endorsements at sporting good stores and other license vendors.

All anglers are required to submit summer catch reports by Oct. 1. Mail to WDFW CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091 or online at http://bit.ly/WkXeA.

Those who fail to report will face a $10 fine when they purchase a 2013 Puget Sound crab endorsement.

Winter crab seasons for Puget Sound will be announced in early October after state Fish and Wildlife reviews the summer crab catch.

(Photo courtesy of the Seattle Times)

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