Ballard Lock Experience

My wife and I wanted to do the lock tour from a boaters perspective since the weather was nice and it would make a good excuse to pick up my crab pots that I left out near shilshole. We started from the Newport launch in Bellevue and made our way towards Lake Union and Ballard. The whole tour took awhile since the speed limit after the 520 bridge is 7 knots and the rime it takes to wait in the locks. It wasn’t as painful as long as you pay attention to the attendants and have a bit of common sense.

Once we reached the sound my traps were in place and upon the first pull it was a little concerning since nothing came up. The second and third pulls would yield enough legals for two easy limits.

We took 5 of those tasty Dungees to Kings restaurant in Bellevue and they prepared crab three ways for us: Salt and Pepper, Ginger and Garlic, and Black bean sauce. At $10 a crab it’s a great way to enjoy the fruits of the sea.











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