TIPS AND TRICKS TO CATCH MORE CRAB!May 1, 2022
Please join the Skagit MRC and Northwest Straits Foundation for a series of educational videos with tips and tricks to catch more crab! A Virtual Crabbing Workshop with WDFW will be held on the evening of June 30th. Stay tuned for more details!
Crabbing is a popular activity in Washington for recreational crabbers. There are lots of Dungeness crabs in Puget Sound, and crabbing gear is affordable and accessible. However, pots are lost at an extraordinarily high rate and very few are retrieved. An estimated 12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound each year. A single lost crab pot can kill up to 15 crab per year resulting in over 180,000 wasted crabs not making it to the dinner table.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you keep your pots and catch more crab!
Check out the Northwest Straits Foundation's educational videos that will be highlighted each week during the month May, including a virtual crabbing workshop!! A live virtual crabbing workshop with WDFW will be held on the evening of June 30th! Stay tuned for more details.
- Check Tides and Currents (May 1st- May 5th)
- Add Weight to your Crab Pot (May 6th – May 10th)
- How to Rig Your Line (May 15 – May 20th)
- Modify Your Crab Pot (May 22nd – May 25th)
- How to Set your Crab Pot (May 26th - May 30th)
- NWSF Virtual Crabbing Workshop 2020 (May 31st)
Additional Crabbing Resources to Know When and Where to Set Your Pot:
- Tides and Currents: NOAA Tide Predictions, NOAA Current Predictions, DeepZoom Tides and Currents; IPhone Apps: Tides Near Me, TideGraph; Android Apps: Tides Near Me, TideGraph
- Marine Traffic: Washington State Ferries-Route Map, Tug and Log Tow Routes, Commercial Vessel Tracking, Commercial Vessel Tracking App for iPhone & Commercial Vessel Tracking App for Android
- Rules & Regulations: Seasons and Limits, Crab ID and Softshell Crab;