OLYMPIA -- The Hood Canal recreational shrimp season will open for two
additional days -- June 3 and 4 -- the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
There are enough shrimp remaining in the non-Indian share to support a two-day
extension from 9 a.m until 1 p.m., each day.
Each sport fisher will be limited to one shrimp pot which must conform to the
gear specifications described in the 1998 Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet. The
pamphlet also describes legal buoys. The pamphlet is available at all WDFW offices
and at stores which sell fishing, hunting, and shellfish licenses.
Other regulations in effect this year include:
- Fishers must keep the first 80 shrimp caught. Any shrimp caught over the limit
must be returned immediately to the water unharmed. Each limit of shrimp must
be kept in a separate container. The containers may be stored together.
Fishers may remove the heads from their shrimp while on the water.
Crab fishers may use two ring nets or two star traps, or one of each during the
Hood Canal shrimp season. Crab fishing will be allowed from one hour before sunrise
to one hour after sunset. Crab pots may not be used until after July 15.
- Each boat is limited to four pots. However, once a person has reached his or
her limit, another person may attach a buoy bearing his or her name and
address to the pot and continue fishing for a separate 80-shrimp limit. The boat
carrying the pots must be used to set and pull them. The pots may not be set
prior to 9 a.m. and must be pulled from the water by 1 p.m.
Fishers also may harvest clams and oysters on Hood Canal's public beaches
subject to regulations in the fishing pamphlet and on the shellfish hotline (360)796-
Persons over age 14 taking shrimp, crab, clams or oysters must have a shellfish
license. The license must be displayed visibly on the clothing during harvest and
transport. Residents aged 15 to 69 must purchase a $5 license. Residents over age
70 need a $3 license. An annual non-resident license is $20 but a non-resident three-
day license is only $5.