Crab Pot Season Ends In Delaware

Crabbing is open year round in Delaware

(November 30, 2021) … We crab all year long in Delaware, just not with crab pots, handlines, drop traps and rings are allowed.  The season for crab pots ends November 30th (today) and reopens on March first.  Time to pull the pots and get them cleaned up for next year.  People are still catching crabs in the warmer water areas around the inland bays. We catch them on occasion in the dead of winter in back areas of the inland bays. On a dead low tide somedays the water warms up enough the crabs will move around. Mostly they all “bed” down for the winter. Crabs do not hibernate they just go dormant.
  Soon the crabs will dig into the bottom for the winter.  The blue crab retreats to deeper water and burrows into the muddy or sandy bottom to spend the winter.  A crab buries itself by forcing its abdomen backwards into the bottom with quick snapping motions.  In minutes the crab is positioned at a forty-five degree angle in the bottom, with only antennae, the tips of its eye stalks, and small breathing channels visible sticking out of the muddy bottom.   The crabs will emerge again when the water warms up and the days get longer, both are triggers.  Usually occurring in March for Delmarva, when crab pot season reopens.
Fish On!
Rich King

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