Crabbing - The Best Local Crabbing Spots on Long Island
With being by the water, many Long Islanders take advantage of the great fishing on the island. Long Island is also known for the great crabbing that we enjoy in restaurants. We do not have to go far for crabbing on Long Island because there are many locations you can catch crab to cook for yourself.
The season to catch crab is predominantly throughout the summer in the months of June, July, and August. Some say that the best like for crabbing in late August and early September. Crabbing can even take place in early May.
Blue Crab or Callinectes sapidus are an olive green color. The males have blue claws, while the females have red claws. They are known for being soft shelled and savory to eat when steamed.
Horseshow Crab or Limulus polyphenus are refered to as living fossils since they were though to evolve over 200 million years ago. Although crab is within its name, it is closely related to spiders and scorpions. When eating the crab you need to be very careful. There is not much to this crab except for the row or eggs. You can be posioned if you do not eat this crab properly.
These crabs are found on the Great South Bay. You are only limited to catching 5 per day and only for personal use. In other words, you cannot sell them.
Where to Catch Crab
Please note: Be sure to plan ahead and contact the location you are visiting about fees and permits.
Ocean Parkway, Babylon
Kerrigan Road, Copaigue
South Ocean Avenue, Patchogue
West Sayville Docks
Off of Montauk Highway and Atlantic Ave. in Sayville
Below is a list of harbors and bays by the Department of Enviromental Conservation. Check your location for ceritification, closings, or permits before venturing to crab. Many locations below are not safe for crabbing. Simply, when viewing the maps on the links, the red areas are not safe for crabbing.
Town of Hempstead
Town of Oyster Bay (South Shore)
Long Island Sound
Osyter Bay Harbor
Mill Neck Creek (Mill Neck Bay)
Cold Spring Harbor
Town of Babylon
Town of Islip
Town of Brookhaven (South Shore)
Town of Southampton
Town of East Hampton
Town of Shelter Island
Town of Southold
Town of Riverhead
Town of Brookhaven (North Shore)
Town of Smithtown
Town of Huntington
If you know a good crabbing spot here on Long Island, and think it should be added to this list, let us know! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone from our team will get back to you ASAP!