Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

October 6, 2011

Some Puget Sound marine areas to open for winter recreational crab fishing

Action: 1) Open Marine Areas 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-1, 8-2 and those waters of Marine Area 9 north of a line that extends from Olele Point to Foulweather Bluff on Oct. 8, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2011 for recreational crab fishing 7 days per week.

2) Open Marine Areas 11 and 13 on Nov. 21, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2011 for recreational crab fishing 7 days per week.

Species affected: Dungeness crab

Effective dates: Oct. 8, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2011 for Marine Areas 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-1, 8-2 and those waters of Marine Area 9 north of a line that extends from Olele Point to Foulweather Bluff; and Nov. 21, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2011 for Marine Areas 11 and 13.

Location: Marine Areas 4, 5, 6, 7, 8-1, 8-2 and those waters of Marine Area 9 north of a line that extends from Olele Point to Foulweather Bluff open October 8. Marine Areas 11 and 13 open Nov. 21.

Other information: The winter recreational crab season is open 7 days per week. All other crab rules regarding gear, a daily limit of five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6-1/4 inches remain in effect (see page 136 and 139 in the 2011/2012 Sportfishing Rules Pamphlet).

Reason for action: To provide wintertime crabbing opportunity in these Marine Areas.

Information contact: Steve Burton, Puget Sound Crab Manager, (425) 775-1311 ext 126.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.