CRAB. It’s the locals’ favorite four-letter word. And there is nothing better than Dungeness.
SEASON AND REGULATIONS: Crabbing season is typically open Thursdays through Mondays from July through Labor Day. Check with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) .
SALTWATER BOAT LAUNCHES: Cavalero, Utsalady, and Maple Grove beaches on Camano all have boat launches and life jacket sheds to borrow life saving devices. Camano Island State Park, at 2269 S. Lowell Point Road, Camano Island (360) 387-1550,) also has a boat launch. Kayak Point Regional Park at 15610 Marine Dr., Stanwood, (360) 652-7992, has a boat launch beside a 300’ fishing pier – if you don’t have a boat drop your pot right off the pier.
BOAT RENTALS: The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Thursday-Monday, and starting mid-June they are open seven days a week. Chuck Gittings, CWB manager, will throw in a free crab pot rental if you rent a boat all day during crab season.
Rental rates are: $25/hr or $75/day for a rowboat; $50/hour or $250/day for a motor boat (14’-16’ with a tiller operated outboard motor); double kayaks,canoes, and SUP’s rent for $25/hour or $75/day. The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach also rents crab
pots, fishing rods, and a crab cooker.
GEAR AND ADVICE: Elger Bay Grocery (1992 S. Elger Bay Rd., Camano Island, (360) 387-9120) has ethanol- free fuel for your boat engine, as well as all the salt-water fishing gear and crab pots you are looking for. If you are headed towards Maple Grove or Utsalady launches make sure to swing in to visit with Mark at Huntington’s Corner Grocery (671 Brokaw Rd. Camano Island, (360) 387-8054) for insider information on the best places to drop your crab pot, and pick up any last minute supplies.
FEES: Crabbing and fishing licenses are available at Elger Bay Grocery or Huntington’s Corner Grocery. State parks need a Discover Pass or pay an entry fee on-site. Kayak Point Regional Park has a $7 parking fee.