Crabbing - The Best Local Crabbing Spots on Long Island

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Since we live so close to the water many Long Islanders take advantage of the great fishing opportunities available on the Island. LI is also known for having great places to shellfish and a wide array of fresh seafood to be enjoyed in our local restaurants. Crabbing is another great way to have fun while catching dinner, and thankfully we do not have to go far for crabbing as there are many locations where you can catch crabs to cook for yourself.

The best season to catch crabs is predominantly throughout the summer in the months of June, July, and August, and some say that the best time for crabbing is in late August and early September. Crabbing is legal all year round, however, so you can even try your luck in winter if you’d like! 
 
Blue Crab
Blue Crabs, 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. 
 
Blue crabs are also sometimes referred to Atlantic blue crabs or Chesapeake blue crabs. When cooked, the shell of the crab turns from its blue hue to a red-orange color.
 
Horseshoe Crab
Horseshoe Crabs, or Limulus polyphenus, are refered to as living fossils since they are thought to have evolved over 200 million years ago. Although they are called crabs they are actually more closely related to spiders and scorpions. When eating the crab you need to be very careful as there is not much to it except for the roe, or eggs. You can be posioned if you do not eat this crab properly.
 
Horsehoe crabs can be found in the Great South Bay and you are limited to catching 5 per day strictly for personal use. In other words, you cannot sell them.
 
Where to Catch Crab
Be sure to plan ahead and contact the location you are visiting about fees and permits.
 
Ocean Parkway, Babylon
(631) 669-0449
 
Kerrigan Road, Copaigue 
(631) 893-2100
 
South Ocean Avenue, Patchogue
634-475-4300
 
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 out to crab. Many locations below are not safe for crabbing at all times. When viewing the maps associated with each, the red areas are not safe for crabbing.
 
Town of Islip
 
Town of Oyster Bay (South Shore)
Hempstead Harbor
Dosoris Pond
Frost Creek
Town of Smithtown
Town of Babylon
Town of Hempstead
Town of Brookhaven (South Shore)
Town of Shelter Island
 
Town of East Hampton
Town of Southampton
Town of Southold
Town of Huntington
Town of Riverhead
Town of Brookhaven (North Shore)
Long Island Sound
Hempstead Harbor
Dosoris Pond
Frost Creek
Osyter Bay Harbor
Mill Neck Creek (Mill Neck Bay)
Cold Spring Harbor
 
Special confitions for the following locations:
 
 
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 info@longisland.com!
 
For additional information on crabbing, fishing, and seafood, please visit the following resources:

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