Dungeness crab lovers will get another chance to fish for them beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1, in most marine areas.
State Fish and Wildlife conducted their summer crab assessments and found that enough in the sport quota remained to allow a fishery that will stay open daily in most areas of Puget Sound through Dec. 31.
Marine areas open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, are Neah Bay (Catch Area 4); Sekiu (5); eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca around Port Angeles (6); San Juan Islands (7); Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay (8-1); Port Susan and Port Gardner (8-2); Admiralty Inlet/northern Puget Sound (9); Hood Canal (12); and southern Puget Sound (13).
Central Puget Sound (10) and south central Puget Sound (11) will not reopen for crabbing.
Daily catch limit in open areas is five Dungeness crab (males only) in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. Anglers may also keep six red rock crab of either sex daily, and they must measure at least 5 inches across.
Anglers must also switch over to winter catch cards, which are free to those with crab endorsements, and are available at statewide license vendors.