Most of Puget Sound opened for recreational crab fishing at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Marine areas 12 (Hood Canal) and 13 (South Puget Sound) are among the areas opening. Also opening are marina areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner) and 9 (Admiralty Inlet).
Daily crabbing will be allowed in these areas through Dec. 31.
Sport crabbing is not reopening in marine areas 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) and 10 (Seattle and Bremerton)
According to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations: “The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 61/4 inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.”