How to Catch Stone Crab

Get Started Stone Crab Fishing.

Recreational Stone Crabbing Information:
-No Females With Eggs
-2 3/4 Inch Claw
-Open Season
-October 15-May 15
-Bag Limit
-1 Gallon Of Claws Per Person or 2 Gallons Per Vessel, Whichever Is        Less

Stone Crab Harvesting Gear:

It is unlawful to use any device on the taking of stone crabs that can puncture, crush, or injure the crab body, such as spears, grains, grabs, hooks, or similar devices
Maximum of five (5) blue crabs traps per person as described in the summary of stone crab trapping rules below

Stone Crab Trapping Rules

-Five trap maximum
-Buoy must have a legible “R” at least two inches high, permanently affixed to it. Buoys are not  required if trap is fished from a dock.
-Trap shall have harvesters name and address permanently affixed to it in legible letters.
-Traps must be pulled manually (not by a trap puller). Any vessel that is rigged with a trap puller will be considered a commercial vessel and the appropriate licenses will be required.
-Traps must be pulled only during daylight hours.
-Traps must not be placed in navigational channels of the intracoastal waterways, or in navigational channels maintained and marked by any county, municipal, state or federal governmental agency.
-A Florida recreational fishing license is required to harvest stone crabs under the recreational fishing regulations.
-Stone crab trap specifications are the same for recreational and commercial harvesters. Trap specifications may be found in Rule 68B-45.004, Florida Administrative Code.

Information Provided By The Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission