Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: Crabbing Season's Here!

July 8, 2016

A very regular part of my summertime diet is fresh Dungeness crab harvested from Port Susan Bay. In fact, I've already had crab for both lunch and dinner this week, and I plan on eating some more this weekend!


I'm a crab purist, if you will. I like to eat it fresh, and I have no patience for stockpiling the meat. I'm a crack-and-eat-as-you-go woman. I do love crab cakes, and I love me some crab bisque, but I don't have the ability to NOT eat what I'm harvesting from the shell. :) And I don't use butter. No siree. Like a said, a crab purist. 


Now, I'm not very good at keeping secrets, so I'll share with you some of my favorite places up north to crab:


If you put your boat in at Kayak Point in Stanwood, there's a great spot just north of the pier that you can drop your pots. If you head further north, we often put ours just out front of the Country Club on Camano Island. Both areas have produced quite a bounty over the years!


Camano Island State Park is a fantastic spot for dropping your boat in the water, and you can venture north to Utsalady or Rockaway Beach, or south to Elger Bay. I'm also a big fan of boating over to Coupeville to eat lunch at Toby's


Cavalero Beach on Camano Island is another great spot to crab, midway down the he east side of the island. Launch your boat and head south just a tad! There's a buoy there that says "I'm Watching You" because someone on the hill has binoculars and doesn't take too kindly to pot-poachers - don't poach pots!!!


One of our Canadian listeners just clued me in to the fact that White Rock, BC is the largest breeding ground for Dungeness crab in the region!! So if you're up north, I think you'll have a very successful crabbing season. :)


I'm not familiar with sweet crabbing spots down south, so if you have some tips for me as I roam around this summer, please shoot me an email with the specs! Thanks!!


Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly