Mar 2

crabbingMany people think that crab fishing involves pains, itching, lotions and ointments, and visits to health clinics. However, by learning a proper way of crab fishing, you can get into an excellent hobby. What’s more, you will get a yummy and cheaper alternative to red lobsters. There are lots of places where you can go crabbing. And then you can have a delicious seafood dinner a few times a week. A tour to the coastal waters of North America, e.g., offers numerous places for crab fishing. Settle yourself in a woodsy cabin or hotel room before heading towards the prime crab fishing locations, like tidal creeks, docks, riverbanks and piers. Browse through area shops to get a non-resident fishing license, check rules and regulations, rent or purchase crabbing equipment and start crabbing. Let’s see which places are perfect for crab fishing.

Alaska

Alaska is a heaven for crab fishing. The area is famous for its four species of King Crab – red, golden, scarlet and blue. The Red King Crab supplies high profits to the state in the shellfish market. Alaskan waters are also home to Dungeness, Tanner and Snow Crabs. Popular spots for crabbing are Dutch Harbor, Bristol Bay and Norton Sound, and the entire Bering Sea, in October and January.

alaskan red king crab

Washington

In Washington, the rules about daily limits and size requirement apply for fishing of Dungeness and Red Rock Crab. You can catch only male crabs having a hard shell and should release soft-shelled crabs. The Pacific Ocean, Puget Sound and Columbia River are places to seek Dungeness Crabs. In Seattle, Hood Canal, Port Susan, Birch Bay and Discovery Bay are the prime spots. A state shellfish license (and a catch record card for Dungeness) is necessary for crabbing in Washington.

stone crab

Oregon

Oregon’s bays and estuaries have abundant Red Rock and Dungeness Crabs. You should have a shellfish license and can have three traps per person. Late July and early August till February is the best period. Best spots include Lincoln City (Siletz Bay), Netarts, Waldport (Alsea Bay), Newport (Yaquina Bay), Reedsport (Winchester Bay) and Garibaldi (Tillamook Bay).

red rock crab

Texas

In Texas, you will need a fishing license having a freshwater or saltwater stamp endorsement for Stone and Blue Crab fishing. It is not required for fishing on the banks and in enclosed waters of a state park. An acceptable length of a Blue Crab is five inches measuring across the widest part of its body. And for Stone Crab, you can take only the largest claw if it measures minimum 2 ½ inches. After you remove it, release the crab for regeneration of the claw. Best locations include Rockport, Pointe West and Crab Lake (Galveston County).

North Carolina

North Carolina is a heaven for Blue Crabs which generate over $100 million per year. Five inches of male crabs are acceptable. Females with eggs (spongy substance at the bottom of the shell) should not be kept. You can keep Stone Crab claws measuring minimum 2 ¾ inches. Heavy populations of Atlantic Blue Crab are found from May to October in Ocracoke waterways. Other key locations are Lake Mattamuskeet, South River, Newport River and Cape Fear River.

blue crab in louisiana

New Jersey

The coastal waters of New Jersey are home to Blue Crabs. The best places in the state between the Hudson River and Delaware Bay are in tidal creeks, shallow saltwater bays and rivers. Popular sites are Dividing Creek, Keansburg Fishing Pier (Raritan Bay), Good Luck Point (Ocean Gate), Playhouse Drive (Mystic Island), Down Radio Road (just before Big Creek Bridge), Berkeley Island County Park and the Seaside Heights docks at Bernegat Bay.

tanner crab

So, henceforth don’t hold yourself back from crabbing because lots of delicious crustaceans are waiting to come on your dinner table.