Crab and Ghost Shrimp Regulations

Valid Sep. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019.

NOTE: It is unlawful to place, fish or leave a crab trap or crab trap component in the coastal waters of the state from February 15 - 24, 2019.

  • Crabs may be taken for personal use (bait or food.) Crabs taken with recreational license for personal use may not be sold.
  • A person taking or attempting to take crabs or ghost shrimp from salt water for non-commercial purposes is required to have a valid fishing license and a saltwater fishing endorsement.
  • It is lawful to take, attempt to take or possess crabs (more information on crabs) and ghost shrimp by means, in numbers and of sizes only as described below

Legal Devices

Visit Legal Devices, Methods & Restrictions for full descriptions of these methods.

  • Crab line
  • Crab trap
  • Net
  • Folding panel trap
  • Sand pump
  • Umbrella net

Other Devices

Devices legally used for taking of fresh or saltwater fish or shrimip may be used to take crab if operated in places and at times authorized by a proclamation of the Parks and Wildlife Commission or the Parks and Wildlife Code.

Crab and Ghost Shrimp Limits

Blue Crab

diagram showing how to measure a blue crab

Except that not more than 5% by number, of undersized blue crabs may be possessed for bait purposes only and must be placed in a separate container

  • May not possess egg-bearing (sponge) crabs
  • May not possess a female crab that has its abdominal apron removed
Daily Bag:
No limit
Possession:
No limit
Minimum Length
5 inches (Measured across the widest point of the body from the tip of spine to tip of spine)

Stone Crab

 Diagram showing proper measurement of stone crab clawOnly the right claw may be retained or possessed. The body of the stone crab must be immediately returned to the water from which it was taken.

Daily Bag:
No limit
Possession:
No limit
Minimum Length:
2 1/2 inch claw (Measured from the tip of claw to first joint behind the immovable claw)

Ghost Shrimp

Daily Bag:
20
Possession:
20 per person
Minimum Length:
None