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Clam Gear

Bag Limit

The first fifteen razor clams regardless of size or condition must be retained. One daily limit of fresh shellfish may be in possession. Additional shellfish may be possessed in a frozen or processed form. Razor clams may not be returned to the beach. For razor clams, holes do not have to be refilled as is required for hard-shell clam digging.

Allowable Gear

Razor clams may be taken by hand, hand-operated shovel, or tube with a minimum outside diameter of 4" or (4" x 3" if elliptical). Each digger must use a separate container, such as a clam net or bag, but may share digging equipment.

Harvest Seasons

Razor clams are strictly managed by determining clam population levels and harvest plans are set every year. Before harvesting, check the beach to determine if a beach is open or if there are any health restrictions.You can check if there are any marine toxin level restrictions by calling the Marine Biotoxin Hotline maintained by the Washington Department of Health at     1-800-562-5632.

License Requirements

A Shellfish/Seaweed License is required for anyone age 15 or older harvesting razor clams and must be in the harvester's immediate possession and available for inspection during harvest and transport. Everyone claiming a limit must actively participate in the harvesting process, unless they possess a disability permit.

Crab Gear

Several species of crab are found in Washington's marine waters. Two species (Dungeness & Red Rock)
are harvested locally. Crabs are most commonly harvested with crab pots but are also caught using ring nets, dip nets, or snares. Light-weight pots are satisfactory in most areas of Puget Sound, but strong tidal currents and wave action may necessitate heavier, weighted pots in some areas. Crab pots are generally set in water 20-150 feet deep and located by the line buoy. Sport crabbers must attach a red and white marker buoy. The marker buoy needs to be permanently and legibly marked with the operator's first & last name and permanent address. Buoy lines must be weighted sufficiently, by using line weight with snap or a lead core line, to prevent them from floating on the surface. Sport pots are generally baited with herring, rockfish carcasses, salmon heads, or clams using bait boxes, jars or pins. The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6-1/4". In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

Shrimp Gear

There are more than 80 shrimp species that inhabit Washington waters. Only 7 species though are
regularly captured for consumption by sport harvesters. Almost all sport shrimp harvest takes place in Puget Sound or its connecting waters.
Shrimp are found primarily on or near the bottom, but make daily migrations through the water
column in search of food. They have been found at depths greater than 1000 feet, but are most frequently captured at depths of 30 to 300 feet.
The most popular bait used for shrimping is canned fish-flavored cat food. Cat food cans should
be punctured on both sides and ends and placed in the pot as bait. Cat food and other baits may
also be placed in bait containers and secured to the bottom of the pot between the entrance tunnels.


Every shellfish trap left unattended in Washington waters must have its own buoy line and a separate marker buoy that is permanently and legibly marked with the operator's first and last name and permanent address. It's also a state regulation that all crab pots be marked by a red and white buoy and all shrimp pots with an all yellow buoy.

Be sure to check your marine area for season openings, limit information and current season status:

Washington Recreational Crab Seasons & Harvest Rules