Dungeness Crab season runs from November 2017 until about June 2018 off the Sonoma County coast, and winter is always the time locals go wild for crustaceans and get downright crabby. Crab festivals pop up, families go crabbing off the end of piers, and others book space on a crabbing party boat out of Bodega Bay.
Want to get crabby yourself? Here are a few suggestions:
Go Crabbing On Your Own
A few things you need to know if you’re going to get crabby on your own:
If crabbing from a public pier, you don’t need a sport fishing license to set a trap or net (read all about it in the state’s Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations).You can keep up to 10 Dungeness crabs per day during the season, but they must measure a minimum of 5-3/4 inches across the shell.The best time to catch is early in the morning or an hour or so before sunset.
Go Crabbing on a Boat Charter
Bodega Bay’s Miss Anita Fishing Charters will take you to the crab action. Miss Anita is a customized 34-foot Catamaran with 630 hp — she’s so fast the crabs just can’t get away. Or go out with the legendary Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing Center. For more options, check our Coastal Fishing and Boating listings.