- Anchor Bay Campground
- Rick Kajan with a
- Big Dungeness Crab
Crabbing here requires a suitable crab trap with about 100 feet of
rope topped with a small buoy or a white plastic bleach bottle. You will also need to use
a small boat to put your trap out in the right location. You
will also need to be up on the latest regulations.
You are most likely to catch two common species of crab: Red Rock
Crabs and Dungeness Crabs. Red Rock Crabs are smaller, tend to
have less meat, and have a bit stronger flavor. Dungeness are the prize. They have a
sweet, mild flavor and plenty of succulent meat. One crab is a full meal for a hungry
sailor. Check out our recipes for some tried and true crab delights.
- From: DF&G
Sportfishing Regulations 2005
General: Saltwater crustaceans may be taken by hand. Nets, traps or other
may not be used except as provided in this section.
Baited hoop nets may be used to take spiny lobsters and all species of crabs.
and the United States-Mexico
border, not more than five baited hoop nets may be fished by a person to take
and crab, not to exceed a total of 10 baited hoop nets fished from any vessel.
Crab traps shall have at least two rigid circular openings of not less than four
one-quarter inches inside diameter so constructed that the lowest portion of
opening is no lower than five inches from the top of the trap.
Crab loop traps may have up to six loops.
Crab trap areas: Crab traps, including crab loop traps, may be used north of
to take all species of crabs (see regulations for take of Dungeness crabs in
from commercial passenger fishing vessels in Section 29.85, Title 14, CCR).
Shrimp and prawn traps may be used to take shrimp and prawns only. Trap
may not exceed 1/2 inch in any dimension on traps used south of Point
nor five inches in any dimension on traps used north of Point Conception.
Diving for crustaceans: In all ocean waters, except as provided in Section
and SCUBA divers may take crustaceans by the use of the hands except divers
not possess any hooked device while diving or attempting to dive.
Hand operated appliances: Spades, shovels, hoes, rakes or other appliances
by hand may be used to take sand crabs and shrimp.
Dip nets and Hawaiian type throw nets: Shrimp may be taken with dip nets and
type throw nets north of Point Conception.
Shrimp trawls: Shrimp beam trawls may be used to take shrimp only in San
waters east of the
trawl frame from which the net is hung may not exceed 24 inches by 18
The trawl may be towed by motorized vessels but may not be retrieved by
devices. Any fish, other than shrimp, caught in the trawl must be
immediately to the water.
crab (Cancer magister):
Dungeness crab may not be taken or possessed in
plus all their tidal bays, sloughs and estuaries between
Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties: From the Saturday preceding
1 or December 1 when it falls on Saturday through July 30.
All other counties: From the Saturday preceding the second Tuesday in November
Ten, except in
counties, when fishing aboard a commercial passenger fishing vessel
to be licensed pursuant to Section 7881 and/or Section 7920, Fish and Game
the limit is six.
Not more than 60 crab traps are authorized to be used to take Dungeness crab
vessel operating under authority of a Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel
pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 7920.
Traps and trap buoys used by a commercial passenger fishing vessel to take
crab under authority of this Section and Section 29.80 shall have the
boat registration number of that vessel affixed to each trap and buoy.
No vessel that takes Dungeness crab under authority of this section, or Section
shall be used to take Dungeness crab for commercial purposes.
size: Five and three-quarter inches measured by the shortest distance
the body from edge of shell to edge of shell directly in front of and excluding
points (lateral spines); except in
counties, when fishing aboard a commercial passenger fishing
required to be licensed pursuant to Section 7881 and/or Section 7920, Fish and
Code, the minimum size is six inches measured by the shortest distance through
body from edge of shell to edge of shell directly in front of and excluding the
crabs of the Cancer genus
except Dungeness crabs, but including:
crabs, rock crabs, red crabs and slender crabs:
season: All year.
size: Four inches measured by the shortest distance through the body,
edge of shell to edge of shell at the widest part, except there is no minimum
Fish and Game districts 8 and 9 (
All crabs of the genus Cancer,
including Dungeness crabs, yellow crabs, rock
red crabs and slender crabs, may be brought to the surface of the water for
but no undersize crabs may be placed in any type of receiver, kept on the
or retained in any personís possession or under his direct control; all crabs
measured immediately and any undersize crabs shall be released immediately into
crabs (Emerita analoga): Limit: