How To Have the Best Time Crabbing in Mendocino, CA

Mendocino is a charming coastal town in Northern California known for its natural beauty. Between towering Redwood forests and dazzling glass-bottom beaches, the area is home to an array of wildlife and marine life. Surely, it comes as no surprise that this destination is an anglers’ dream. Some of the most popular catches to reel in include crab, salmon, rock cod, lingcod, and albacore. If you’re interested in crabbing in Mendocino, we’ll tell you all about it! 

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All About Crabbing in Mendocino 

One of the most popular outdoor activities in Mendocino County is Dungeness crab fishing. The crabbing season in Mendocino opens in November and continues through June. This long season offers many opportunities to get on the water and catch some great trophies!  

Where To Go Mendocino Recreational Crabbing 


Without a doubt, the most popular area for crabbing near Mendocino is in Fort Bragg. In that area, you can try your hand at the sport at MacKerricher State ParkGlass Beach, and Noyo Harbor. 

Mendocino Crabbing Licenses 

It’s important to note that a sport fishing license is required for anyone attempting to take fish, mollusks, crustaceans, invertebrates, amphibians, or reptiles in inland or ocean waters Mendocino County. California anglers can get their licenses online from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website. Certain veterans and disabled anglers may qualify for reduced-cost or free licenses. 

Experience Dungeness Crab Season for Yourself 

If you’re new to the area or this activity itself, consider taking a guided charter. Many experienced boat captains and anglers are excited to show you the ropes and teach you how to go crabbing.  

Hooked on Mendo 

Location: 32390 N. Harbor Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 

Phone: (707)-357-1875 

Hooked on Mendo offers whale watching, salmon, rockfish, halibut, tuna, and crabbing trips along the Mendocino coastline. Their crew is dedicated to making sure that you have a fantastic experience with them—it’s perfect for large parties! They will even clean and cook your crabs for you at an additional price.  

Anchor Charter Boats 

Location: 32440 N Harbor Dr, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 

Phone: (707) 964-4550 

Anchor Charter Boats specialize in deep-water rockfishing and crabbing trips. Their staff aboard the ship will put you to work—but that’s part of the fun! Their boats are large enough to accommodate groups of all sizes and even offer spacious restrooms.  

Telstar Charters 

Location: 32390 N Harbor Dr, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 

Phone: (707) 964-8770 

Enjoy your own delicious Dungeness crab when you join Captain Randy Thornton of Telstar Charters for a crab fishing adventure! Board the Telstar and sail out of Noyo Harbor for your deep-sea expedition. He knows all the best crabbing spots, so get ready to catch a whole bunch! 

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view of the ocean with a bottle of wine | Mendocino in January

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