Celebrate Crab Season in Sonoma County
Dungeness Crab season runs from November 6, 2021 through June 30, 2022 off the Sonoma County coast, but 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.
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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 [pages 51-52]). 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
Go enjoy some freshly-caught crab
Head to the Bodega Bay marina, where you can buy it straight off the dock (you'll have to rise early to meet the fisherman), or enjoy a variety of crab delicacies Sonoma County style at these restaurants. Or check out our article about the Top Seafood Restaurants in Bodega Bay.