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.

Some access sites not managed by the department may remain closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please check before you leave to ensure your destination is open, and have a back up plan in case it is too crowded. 

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).

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

During the month of May:

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 (See: 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 ("non-spot shrimp"), then the minimum size for shrimp pots is 1/2-inch mesh (See: current gear rules).

In areas closed for spot shrimp, but open for coonstripe and pink shrimp ("non-spot 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 (See: current gear rules).

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

None at this time.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

Marine Area 5 - Western Strait of Juan De Fuca

All-shrimp season: Open.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Will be open daily from May 19, 2021 through September 15, 2021. Daylight hours only.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

Marine Area 6 - Port Angeles Harbor, Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca outside of the Discovery Bay Shrimp District

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open from May 19-22, June 2-5, June 16-19, July 14-17, and July 28-31.  Daylight hours only.  

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

Marine Area 6 - Discovery Bay Shrimp District

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 19 and May 22 in 2021. No additional dates in 2021.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

A non-spot shrimp only season is not planned for this area.

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
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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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open May 19-22, June 2-5, and July 14-17.  Daylight hours only. 

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

Marine Area 7 - Boundaries for South, East and West

Marine Area 7 shrimp areas map

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open May 19-22, June 2-5, June 16-19, and July 14-17. Daylight hours only.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open.

Open from June 20, 2021 through October 15, 2021. Pots with a minimum mesh size of 1/2 inch are allowed.   Maximum allowed fishing depth of 200 feet.  It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 200 feet deep.  All spot shrimp caught must be immediately released to the water unharmed.

Marine Area 7 - Boundaries for South, East and West

Marine Area 7 shrimp areas map

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open May 19-22, June 2-5, June 16-19, July 14-17, and July 28-31. Daylight hours only.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

A non-spot shrimp only season is not planned in this area.

Marine Area 7 - Boundaries for South, East and West

Marine Area 7 shrimp areas map

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Was open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 2, 2021 and from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on July 14. Only 2 pots per boat were allowed during the July 14th opening.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open.

Open from June 3, 2021 through October 15, 2021. Pots with a minimum mesh size of 1/2 inch are allowed.  Maximum allowed fishing depth of 150 feet.  It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet deep.  All spot shrimp caught must be immediately released to the water unharmed.

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Was open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 2, 2021, and from 7:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. on July 14. Only 2 pots per boat were allowed during the July 14th opening.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open.

Open from June 3, 2021 through October 15, 2021. Pots with a minimum mesh size of 1/2 inch are allowed.  Maximum allowed fishing depth of 150 feet.  It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet deep.  All spot shrimp caught must be immediately released to the water unharmed.

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Was open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, 2021 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 2, 2021. No additional dates for 2021.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open.

Open from June 3, 2021 through October 15, 2021. Pots with a minimum mesh size of 1/2 inch are allowed.  Maximum allowed fishing depth of 150 feet.  It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet deep.  All spot shrimp caught must be immediately released to the water unharmed.

Marine Area 10 - Elliott Bay

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open 3 hours only from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 19, 2021.  No additional dates for 2021.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

A non-spot shrimp only season is not planned in this area.

Marine Area 10 - Elliott Bay boundaries

Shrimp map for Marine Area 10

Marine Area 10 - Outside Elliott Bay

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, 2021.  No additional dates for 2021.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

A non-spot shrimp only season is not planned in this area.

Marine Area 10 - Elliott Bay boundaries

Shrimp map for Marine Area 10

Marine Area 11 - Tacoma-Vashon Island

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, 2021 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 2, 2021.

Non-spot shrimp-only season: Open.

Open from June 3, 2021 through October 15, 2021. Pots with a minimum mesh size of 1/2 inch are allowed.  Maximum allowed fishing depth of 150 feet.  It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet deep.  All spot shrimp caught must be immediately released to the water unharmed.

Marine Area 12 - Hood Canal

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, May 22, June 2, June 5, and June 16.  No additional dates for 2021. 

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

A non-spot shrimp only season is not planned in this area.

Marine Area 13 - South Puget Sound, Carr Inlet

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Will remain closed in 2021 due to concerns over spot shrimp abundance.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open.

Open from June 1, 2021 through October 15, 2021. Pots with a minimum mesh size of 1/2 inch are allowed.  Maximum allowed fishing depth of 200 feet.  It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 200 feet deep.  All spot shrimp caught must be immediately released to the water unharmed.