Recreational crab fishing in most areas of Puget Sound will close at sunset Monday. Summer catch reports are due by midnight Oct. 1.
The only two areas that will stay open are Marine areas 7-North and 7-South near the San Juan Islands.
All sport fishermen licensed to fish for Dungeness crab anywhere in the Sound have until midnight Oct. 1 to submit summer catch reports to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Crabbers who fail to file their catch reports on time will face a $10 fine when they purchase a 2015 Puget Sound crab endorsement, according to a department news release.
The department expects to announce any winter crab seasons for the Sound in early October, after completing assessing the summer fishery.
Also on Monday, fishermen will be able to keep wild and hatchery coho salmon in ocean waters off Westport, La Push and Neah Bay.
Anglers have been able to keep only hatchery coho to ensure the state meets conservation goals for wild coho while extending fishing through the entire season. However, with a month remaining in the fishery, only 55 percent of the coho quota has been reached in Marine Area 2 (Westport), 63 percent in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and 20 percent in Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay).
In Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco), anglers still must release wild coho.