Recreational Shrimp Fishery Opens

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced recreational spot for shrimping will open May 6 in Puget Sound under seasons.

2017 seasons will be similar to the 2016 season however some spots around the sound will be shorter because of very large catches from last year.

Puget Sound recreational shrimp season opening days are:

  • Hood Canal Shrimp District (Marine Area 12): Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 6, 10, 17 and 20.
  • Discovery Bay Shrimp District (Marine Area 6): Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6, 10, 17 and 20.
  • Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5 and 6 (excluding Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open daily beginning May 6. The recreational spot shrimp season closes when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first.
  • Marine Areas 7 East and 7 South: Open daily May 6-21.
  • Marine Area 7 West: Open daily beginning May 6. The recreational spot shrimp season closes when the quota is attained or Sept. 15, whichever comes first.
  • Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, and 9: Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6 and May 17.
  • Marine Areas 10 and 11: Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 6.
  • Marine Area 13: Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 6 and 20.

In areas 4, 5, 6, and 7 (East, South and West) start times will be one hour before sunrise.

For up to date information please visit WDFW’s Recreational Shrimp Fishing website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/.

A valid 2017-2018 fishing license is required to participate in fishery.

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