All but one area of Puget Sound will open to sport crab fishing Friday. We had the incorrect date in today’s fishing report.
The exception to Friday’s opener is Marine Area 7, where fishing opens July 15 in the area’s southern portion (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) and Aug. 15 in the northern portion (Gulf of Georgia).
Under new rules adopted earlier this year by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission, all Puget Sound areas will be open for crabbing Thursdays through Mondays.
Mike Cenci, the department’s deputy chief of enforcement, said crabbers should review the rules of the fishery before heading out on the water. Information on the rules, including how to properly record and report catch information is available by clicking here.
Most marine areas will close the evening of Sept. 5 for a catch assessment. However, Marine Area 7 will remain open through Sept. 30.