Westport, Washington is a community steeped in the tradition of fishing. From deep water salmon, albacore, halibut and cod to freshwater species such as steelhead and cutthroat troat this area is a haven for people desiring to get hooked up. One lesser known pursuit is the active crab fishery from the piers at the Westport Boat Basin.
Commercially, Westport is the landing point for the highest tonnage of Dungeness Crab on the west coast and the sport fishery for these tasty critters is active as well. There are 21 public piers at the marina, each ramp accessible with plenty of room to place your gear and enjoy the view while the crab find their way into your pot or ring. The harbor is bustling with all manner of vessel from skiff to massive commercial trawler and you will most likely be introduced to one of the harbor seals or sea lions cruising the marina looking for the same thing you are!
In mid-april a Crab Festival is held with a 6 lane track for crab racing (you have to see it to believe it) under a big top tent. The delicious crab feed and the exciting races add to the week end of fun fishing down on the dock. Public restrooms are near, and the marina is home to many quaint shops and restaurants. Crab gear is available for sale or rent and the required license can be purchased nearby. Westport is approximately 2 hours from Seattle and is due west of Olympia. With a good book and a friend... it is an ideal way to spend the day. More information about the community can be found at www.ExperienceWestport.com.