Will do Sideburns and am hoping to get a couple opportunities before the season closes.
To clarify regulatory requirements covered on pgs 130 and 135 in the current Sport Regs Pamphlet:
The 3 1/4" size restriction and 10lb "in the shell" daily limit only applies to native Signal crayfish which are also the only crayfish that can be removed alive from the immediate vicinity of the water harvested from.
Non-native species have no daily limit, size, or sex restrictions, BUT, they MUST be dead before removing from the immediate vicinity of the water from which they were harvested and MUST must be kept in a separate container.
Anglers are allowed 5 units of gear per person, one unit is defined as one trap, pot, etc.
crayfish traps used must comply with WA Gear Rules found on pg 135, in particular and quoted for accuracy:
Every shellfish pot, ring net, or star trap left unattended in Washington waters must have its own buoy line and a separate buoy that is permanently and legibly marked with the owner’s first name, last name, and permanent address (telephone number is voluntary).
Buoys must be constructed of durable material (no bleach, antifreeze, detergent bottles, paint cans, etc.) and must be visible on the surface at all times except during extreme tidal conditions.
Buoy lines must be weighted sufficiently to prevent them from floating on the surface.
All crab, shrimp, and crawfish pots must be equipped with a biodegradable device (rot/escape cord) and shall include one or more of the following:
(1) securing the pot lid hook or tie down strap with a single loop of cord; or
(2) sewing a 3" by 5" escape panel in the upper half of pot closed with cord; or
(3) attaching the pot lid or one pot side (serving as a pot lid) with no more than three single loops of cord.
Cord used must be untreated 100% cotton or other natural fiber no larger than thread size 120 (⅛"). This cord, when attached as described above,
must be able to rot away and allow crab, shrimp, crawfish and fish to escape freely if the pot is lost. A derelict crab pot without proper escape cord
can attract and kill crabs for years after the pot has been lost.
There is a warning at the top of pg 135 advising anglers not all traps sold in WA actually comply with WA rules (I can attest to this) so responsibility is on the angler
to ensure any trap used fully complies with WA law.
A few years ago my wife came home with a couple small basket traps, no buoys, no escape hatch, not even close to legal. She had good intentions but had no clue the "traps" couldn't be used and simply assumed since they were sold in WA they were ok. Don't let it happen to you!