Continue west on Highway 101 for about another 15 miles. The location is perfect for travelers who wish to walk the beach, or participate in the Olympic Lavender Festival. It is located on the northeast (left) side of the highway. Sequim Bay State Park is located about four miles east of Sequim on Highway 101. I arrived at Dungeness Bay in the morning during an ultra-low tide. PO Box 43142,  Overall for Dungeness Bay, combining Dungeness Landing with Dungeness Spit, the CPUE for the past three years is 2.5 green crab per 100 trap-days. If crabbers fail to return their catch card they will be required to pay a $10 fine before they can purchase another crab endorsement . Be sure to check the current Department of Health status the same day to you plan to harvest. It has been said that Sequim has more year-round recreational activities than any other American city. *A more comprehensive quiz will be coming soon, and it will be a great resource for all Puget Sound crabbers. Finfish Hotline – Updated Nov 4, 2020; Salmon Commercial Regulations. Fishery managers rely on individual catch record card reports to estimate recreational harvest and to set future crabbing opportunities. While riding the 8 a.m. ferry [Wednesday], the bay was a sea of commercial crab floats. Olympia, WA 98504-3142. Bay Park: crabbing in bay park is a bit different from other spots, i personally prefer scooping the crabs at night. Area 6, 7, 7A Chum; Area 10A Elliott Bay Chum; Area 10 Chum (Emergency Closure: Nov 4, 6 PM) Seafood Restaurant Sequim Bay The large abundance of littleneck clams, butter clams, and oysters at Sequim Bay State Park has resulted in an extension of the sport clam and oyster seasons there, which will now go from April 1 through June 30, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Again, high tide will alway bring you more crabs. By completing catch record cards, fishers play a vital role in maintaining sustainable harvest opportunities. Oysters are available at Sequim Bay State Park in good numbers in the WDFW oyster enhancement plots (see beach photo for oyster plots). For COVID-19-related closures, restrictions, and updates see the WDFW COVID-19/Coronavirus response page. We could only keep 15 dungeness crabs, but caught more than 35. Clam, mussel, and oyster seasons OPEN for harvest January 1 through June 30 only. Most recent oyster plants have occurred south of the boat ramp. Growing population Stunning views of Discovery Bay … Fish and crab at nearby rivers like the Dungeness during peak season from July 1st through labor day. Salmon and halibut fishing make Sequim Bay one of Washington state's gems for anglers. This holiday home has a garden and free private parking. Family crabbing trip! For more information about the commercial crab permit, please visit the Marine Permits and Licenses page.. Enjoy shopping and dining in Sequim roughly 7 minutes away. This is also the busiest time of the year at the park. “That afternoon there were still hundreds of commercial floats across the bay. You can forget about crab fishing this year in my opinion. Each year, sport fishers catch more than 1.5 million pounds of Dungeness crab, using pots, ring nets, and – in the case of wade and dive fishers – their bare hands. For COVID-19-related closures, restrictions, and updates see the WDFW COVID-19/Coronavirus response page. In addition, all sport crabbers -- regardless of age -- who fish for crab in Puget Sound must get a crab endorsement on their license carry and complete catch record cards to account for all Dungeness crab they catch. WDFW CRC Unit,  Dungeness Bay WA is a great recreation spot for those who enjoy a slower pace. Crabbing is one of Puget Sound’s most popular recreational fisheries. That may be true, but one activity that many are passionate about is Sequim crabbing. Due to the sandbars, low tide at Sequim Bay State Park is approximately 30 minutes later than the predicted time of low tide at the mouth of Sequim Bay. Chinook salmon are in Sequim Bay year-round, while the halibut season begins in May and lasts until June. The boat ramp in Sequim Bay State Park provides public access to the bay. The best harvest area is south from the boat ramp to the dock and decent pockets of native littlenecks can be found north of the boat ramp in areas of mixed sand and gravel. Sequim Bay is the jumping off point for excellent fishing for the inside Strait of Juan de Fuca. Clam, mussel, and oyster seasons OPEN for harvest January 1 through June 30 only. All sport crabbers 15 years or older must carry a current Washington fishing license. It is located on the northeast (right) side of the highway. They can report online, drop the cards off at a WDFW regional office, or mail them to: ​​​Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife WorldMark Discovery Bay: Crab fishing at Discovery Bay - See 62 traveler reviews, 98 candid photos, and great deals for WorldMark Discovery Bay at Tripadvisor. Be sure to check the current Department of Health status the same day to you plan to harvest. Crabbers have several options for reporting their catch information. house - $290 avg/night - Sequim - Amenities include: Internet, TV, Satellite or cable, Washer & Dryer, Parking, Heater Bedrooms: 2 Sleeps: 7 Minimum stay from 2 night(s) Bookable directly online - Book vacation rental 4967448 with Vrbo. Step Seven: To get the meat out of the claws, use a household nut cracker or edge of a knife to gently break the claw open at the marks indicated … Lorenz Sollmann, deputy project leader at the refuge, and a team of about 20 volunteers set out up to 127 traps at a time. I was looking this morning again and the place along the shoreline from east Sequim bay … Sequim crabbing is one of the many recreational activities that endears Sequim to so many people. Head out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to catch halibut, cutthroat, and steelhead. Bumper Crab Season is situated in Sequim. Find shrimp, oysters, and Dungeness crab in Sequim and Discovery Bays. Recent changes in the reporting system now in effect: Catch record cards must be returned to WDFW at the end of both the summer and fall/winter seasons. A commercial crab permit is required to harvest blue crab commercially in New York. North of Sequim Bay State Park is the former site of the Jamestown S'Klallam village of Suxtcikwi'in, from which "Sequim", meaning "quiet waters" gets its name. Crabbing is one of Puget Sound’s most popular recreational fisheries. Sequim Bay is protected on the west entrance by two overlapping sandbars making it a great place for canoeing and kayaking. 4,909 feet of saltwater coastline on quiet Sequim Bay. Thankfully no other green crab have been captured at this site, bringing the CPUE to 0.4 crab per 100 traps (that is, you have to set more than 200 traps to catch a single green crab). Resource managers began preventative trapping in 2001 along the Dungeness Spit but nothing was discovered until 2017. The deadline for returning summer and winter catch cards is printed on each catch card. Butter clams in Sequim Bay are often subject to biotoxin closures. Nesting eagles are sure to welcome your arrival. Sequim Bay State Park is a year-round, 92-acre marine camping park with 4,909 feet of saltwater coast in the Sequim "rainshadow," just inside Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula. To reach the site from the west on Highway 101, travel east through Sequim and proceed for about four miles. The holiday home has 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a fully equipped kitchen that provides guests with a dishwasher, a microwave, a washing machine, a fridge and an oven. These same sandbars also protected the area from discovery by the first three expeditions that ventured into the Puget Sound. In Washington, crab season typically runs from November to June. Sequim Crabbing by Locals Sequim Crabbing Fun and Crabbing is only allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week during the summer season (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). MA6 has been hammered continuously since the recreational fishermen's season stopped. Step Three: Holding the crab in your hand, separate the top and bottom shell.Discard the top shell. If fishing is your sport of choice, venture out on a boat to access open ocean waters in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, or swink a line in the Dungeness or Elwah rivers! Waters north of the Hood Canal bridge to a line connecting Olele Point and Foulweather Bluff. Clam and Oyster Season Adjusted in Sequim, Elsewhere. Two natural overlapping sandbars protect the bay waters from the rough waves and currents of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. To reach the site from the east on Highway 101 from the Hood Canal Bridge, travel west on Highway 104 until Highway 104 merges with Highway 101, about one mile east of Discovery Bay. Finfish Hotline. I met him at Dungeness Bay. The timing of the closure occurs during the height of the recreational crabbing season, which typically runs from July 1 through Labor Day weekend. Coho fishing can be spectacular in September, winter blackmouth is a good fishery November through March, and halibut is a consistently good fishery in most years May through June. Step Five: With your fingers, bend the crab in the middle, breaking the crab in half to expose the chambers of lump crab meat on each side. trapping again in April 2020. Look for the signs that announce the entrance to the park. Before you go, make sure you have the proper license (and the proper catch record card, if you're crabbing for Dungeness crab in Puget Sound), and learn more about each of the types of crab you can catch and keep in Washington waters: Learn about how to avoid losing your gear while on the water. Look for the signs that announce the entrance to the Park. Halibut and salmon are found in abundance in the waters around Sequim. By season’s end, they had caught 96 green crabs on the Dungeness Spit and one in Sequim Bay. Washington State Parks announced last week that beginning in mid-summer the boat launch and parking area at Sequim Bay State Park will be closed for at least 18 weeks while contractors replace the park’s bulkhead and boat launch floats and make other necessary improvements. Sollmann said he plans to continue. This is a very good beach for butter clams and native littleneck clams. Best Crab in Sequim, Clallam County: Find 3,798 Tripadvisor traveller reviews of THE BEST Crab and search by price, location, and more. Options range from an annual shellfish/seaweed license to combination fishing licenses, valid for a single day or up to a year. Each year, sport fishers catch more than 1.5 million pounds of Dungeness crab, using pots, ring nets, and – in the case of wade and dive fishers – their bare hands. Lots of Dungeness’s, but the crab is named after the bay which is named after Dungeness Spit which was named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 who said it looked like the Dungeness on the English Channel. This beach had been enhanced with oysters. Dungeness Crab Shack, Sequim, WA. Butter clams in Sequim Bay are often subject to biotoxin closures. 79 likes. Neil Harrington, environmental biologist for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, caught two green crabs in Sequim Bay this season as well. Sequim Bay State Park has camping, a boat ramp, dock, restrooms/showers, tennis courts, picnic area and a playground. The commercial crab fishery is a limited entry fishery. It is a great location for clamming, oyster harvesting, crabbing and beach walks. East Juan de Fuca Strait, Port Angeles Harbor, Discovery Bay. Butter clams can be found in the lower intertidal zone in both areas. Site Built/Single Res., Custom - Sequim, WA Waterfront home located in the Olympic Rain Shadow between Sequim and Port Townsend. You can learn more from the Washington Department of Fish and Widlife at Sequim Crabbing. This interactive map displays pollution and other water quality impacts on recreational shellfish beaches. tim deegan / Flickr However, 80% of the local Dungeness crab is brought in by the end of December. Size limits and gear restrictions exist for the blue crab fishery. 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