Recreational shrimp fishing regulations by marine area

Select a marine area to learn if it's open for shrimping, and see daily limits and rules for different marine waters.

Some rules apply in all areas:

  • Each harvester must have a separate container for their catch, either in their possession or identified with their name.
  • No minimum carapace size.
  • Maximum of two shrimp pots per person and no more than four shrimp pots per boat.

Prior to harvesting, check the shellfish rule change free hotline 866-880-5431 or visit this page for season closures and restrictions.

Shrimp daily limits and rules

Daily limits and rules for spot, coonstripe, and pink shrimp.

Puget Sound and Hood Canal

(Marine Areas 5-13 and Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line).

First open day will be Saturday, May 11, 2019

Please see the Marine Areas tabs below for additional harvest dates and specific details.

DAILY LIMIT OF 80 SHRIMP (If open for shrimp).

Shrimp heads may be removed while in the field, prior to coming ashore.

The minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is 1-inch mesh (click here for current gear rules).

June 1 through October 15:

Daily limit of 10 pounds, heads and tails, of all shrimp species combined (maximum of 80 spot shrimp, if open for spot shrimp).

Shrimp heads may be removed, but must be retained while in the field, until ashore and finished fishing for the day.

The minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is 1" mesh unless the area is closed for spot shrimp, but open for coonstripe and pink shrimp, then the minimum size for shrimp pots is 1/2-inch mesh (click here for current gear rules).

In areas closed for spot shrimp, but open for coonstripe and pink shrimp, all spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Pacific Ocean

(Marine Areas 1-3 and Marine Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line)

Pacific Ocean shrimp grounds are located a considerable distance from shore (30 miles or more) and as a result are generally inaccessible by the casual sport fisher.

Daily limit of 25 pounds, heads and tails, of all shrimp species combined (maximum of 200 spot shrimp).

Shrimp heads may be removed, but must be retained while in the field, until ashore and finished fishing for the day.

The minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is 1-inch mesh (click here for current gear rules).

Marine Area 4 - Neah Bay east of Tatoosh - Bonilla line

Open

Rules:

East of the Tatoosh - Bonilla Line (Strait of Juan De Fuca)

Season/Open Days and Times:

Open daily starting May 11 until the recreational allocation has been taken.

Marine Area 5 - Western Strait of Juan De Fuca

Open

Season/Open Days and Times:

Open daily starting May 11 until the recreational allocation has been taken.

Marine Area 6 - Port Angeles Harbor, Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca

Open Thursday-Sunday

Rules:

(Excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District.)

Season/Open Days and Times:

  • Open one hour before sunrise on May 11 through one hour after sunset on May 12; 
  • Following the initial two-day opening, the area will be open Thursday (one hour before sunrise) through Sunday (one hour after sunset) until the recreational allocation has been taken.

Marine Area 6 - Discovery Bay Shrimp District

Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

Open May 11, 15, 29 and June 1 from 7:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.

Marine Area 6 - Discovery bay Shrimp District

Waters south of a line from McCurdy Point on the Quimper Peninsula to the northern tip of Protection Island then from the western end of Protection Island to Rocky Point on the Miller Peninsula and all the waters of Discovery Bay.

Discovery Bay shrimp district map
WDFW

Note: all fishing gear must be removed from the water by one hour after sunset on the last day of any fishing period.

Marine Area 7 - South - Iceberg Point, Point Colville, Biz Point, Salmon Bank

Challenging tidal currents May 16-19
Plan to shrimp only if you have heavy/anchored traps and are able to fish narrow windows when current speeds are low.

Open May 16-19, May 23-24

Season/Open Days and Times:

  • Open one hour before sunrise on May 11 through one hour after sunset on May 12; 
  • Open one hour before sunrise on May 16 through one hour after sunset on May 19;
  • Open one hour before sunrise on May 23 through one hour after sunset on May 24.

Marine Area 7 - Boundaries for South, East and West

Marine Area 7 shrimp areas map
WDFW

Note: All fishing gear must be removed from the water by one hour after sunset on the last day of any fishing period.

Marine Area 7 - East - northern Rosario Strait, Bellingham Bay, Sucia and Matia Islands, Strait of Georgia

Challenging tidal currents May 16-19
Plan to shrimp only if you have heavy/anchored traps and are able to fish narrow windows when current speeds are low.

Open May 16-19, May 23-26, May 30-June 2

Season/Open Days and Times:

  • Open one hour before sunrise on May 11 through one hour after sunset on May 12;
  • Open one hour before sunrise on May 16 through one hour after sunset on May 19;
  • Open one hour before sunrise on May 23 through one hour after sunset on May 26;
  • Open one hour before sunrise on May 30 through one hour after sunset on June 2.

Marine Area 7 - Boundaries for South, East and West

Marine Area 7 shrimp areas map
WDFW

Marine Area 7 - West - San Juan Channel, Spieden Channel, Stuart and Waldron Islands

Open Thursday-Sunday

Season/Open Days and Times:

  • Open one hour before sunrise on May 11 through one hour after sunset on May 12; 
  • Following the initial two day opening, the area will be open Thursday (one hour before sunrise) through Sunday (one hour after sunset) until the recreational allocation has been taken.

Marine Area 7 - Boundaries for South, East and West

Marine Area 7 shrimp areas map
WDFW

Note: All fishing gear must be removed from the water by one hour after sunset on the last day of any fishing period.

Marine Area 8-1 - Saratoga Passage, Deception Pass

Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

  • Open May 11 from 7:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m., and May 15 from 7:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.

Marine Area 8-2 - Port Susan, Port Gardner, Everett

Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

  • Open May 11 from 7:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m., and May 15 from 7:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.
  • Divers may take shrimp by hand or hand-held device from 7:00 p.m. until midnight on those open days in Marine Area 8-2.

Marine Area 9 - Edmonds, Port Townsend Bay, Admiralty Inlet

Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

Open May 11 from 7:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. and May 15 from 7:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m.

Marine Area 10 - Elliott Bay

Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

East of a line from West Point to Alki Point: Open May 11 from 7:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.

Marine Area 10 - Elliott Bay boundaries

Shrimp map for Marine Area 10

Marine Area 10 - Outside Elliott Bay

Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

West of a line from West Point to Alki Point: Open May 11 from 7:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m.

Marine Area 10 - Elliott Bay boundaries

Shrimp map for Marine Area 10

Marine Area 11 - Tacoma-Vashon Island

Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

Open May 11 from 7:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.

Marine Area 12 - Hood Canal

Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

Open May 11, 15, 29 and June 1 from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.

Marine Area 13 - South Puget Sound, Carr Inlet

Closed due to concerns over spot shrimp abundance

Season/Open Days and Times:

Will remain closed for spot shrimp in 2019.