Fishing seasons, daily catch limits and other recreational crabbing rules are described in the Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet.
When fishing for stone and blue crab in Texas, seek a fishing license with a freshwater or saltwater stamp endorsement–not required when fishing on the banks or enclosed waters of a state park. Measuring across the widest point of the blue crab body, an acceptable length is five inches. Take only the largest claw of a stone crab if it measures at least 2 ½ inches. After removing, release back into the water for regeneration of its claw. Crab fishing locations in Texas include Pointe West, Rockport and Crab Lake (in Galveston County).
Blue crabs inhabit the waters along the New Jersey coast. From the Hudson River to Delaware Bay, the best places to crab-fish in the state is in tidal creeks, rivers and shallow, saltwater bays. For popular crab-fishing sites in New Jersey, visit Keansburg Fishing Pier (Raritan Bay), Dividing Creek, Good Luck Point (at Ocean Gate), Berkeley Island County Park, Playhouse Drive (Mystic Islands), Down Radio Road (right before Big Creek Bridge) and the Seaside Heights docks at Barnegat Bay.
To fish for crab in Puget Sound:
What other rules are in effect for the recreational crab fishery?
Opened 12:01 am on Saturday July 1st, 2017. Crab may be harvested Thursdays through Mondays each week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed) through Labor Day September 4th, 2017. Crabbers fishing from boats may only set and pull gear from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset on open days.
The main ports of landing for the coastal commercial Dungeness crab fishery are Ilwaco, Chinook, Westport, Tokeland and La Push where the economic impact of this fishery is substantial. One of the most important commercial fisheries in Washington, the commercial Dungeness crab fishery has an average (1990-2002) ex-vessel value of approximately $19.9 million. There are 228 Washington coastal commercial Dungeness crab license holders with approximately 200 fishers who are active participants in this highly competitive fishery. The season typically starts on December 1 if WDFW pre-season shell condition testing shows that the majority of the male crabs have recovered from the fall molt period and runs through September 15. During the early stage of the molt period crabs are soft and vulnerable to mortality due to handling; therefore, the coastal commercial fishery is closed from September 15 to early December. A was implemented in June of 2000 to protect crab that molt prior to the closure of the crab fishery in September. The plan is based on an intensive on-board sampling program designed to alert fishery managers if a large portion of the population begins molting prior to September 15.NOTE: All crab fishing gear must be removed from the water by one hour after sunset on the last day of any fishing period. Crab fishing gear may not remain in the water on closed days.Anyone age 15 and over is required to have a fishing or shellfishing license to fish for crab in Washington state. In addition, all fishers – regardless of age – are required to have a crab endorsement and a catch record card (CRC) while fishing for crab in Puget Sound.