Recreational shrimp fishing regulations by marine area

Boy with shrimp
Photo by Billy Smith

April 2024 news release: Recreational spot shrimp fishery scheduled to begin May 16 in much of Puget Sound

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 webpage for season closures and restrictions.

Download a shrimp species identification guide (PDF) (PDF)

Shrimp daily limits and rules

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

Puget Sound, Hood Canal, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and San Juan Islands

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

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

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

If retaining only spot shrimp, then shrimp heads may be removed and discarded in the field.

If retaining any shrimp species other than spot shrimp, then 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 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 through 3 and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) 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).

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Spot shrimp caught in the San Juan Islands wide photo
Photo by Chase Gunnell
Spot shrimp being counted and sorted after being caught in Marine Area 7, San Juan Islands. 

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

All-shrimp season: Open.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Opened May 16, daylight hours only. The recreational spot shrimp season closes when the quota is met or September 15, whichever comes first.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

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

Marine Area 5 - Western Strait of Juan De Fuca

All-shrimp season: Open.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Opened May 16, daylight hours only. The recreational spot shrimp season closes when the quota is met or September 15, whichever comes first.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

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

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

All-shrimp season: Open.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open on May 16 -18 and May 30 - June 1. Will be open June 13 - 16, June 28 - 30, and July 12 - 15. Daylight hours only. Additional dates will be announced if quota allows.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

Will open sometime after the "all shrimp" season (including spot shrimp) has finished.

Marine Area 6 - Discovery Bay Shrimp District

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

 Was open on May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only and on May 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only.

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
Photo by 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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open on May 16 - 18 and May 30 - June 1. During May 30 - June 1, only the Iceberg Point section was open for spot shrimp (the green portion in the map below). Will be open June 13-15 for the Iceberg Point section only (the green portion in the map below). Additional dates will be announced if quota allows.

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Marine Area 7 South spot shrimp terminal fishing location "Iceberg Only"

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

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

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 on May 16 - 18 and May 30 through June 1. Closed for the year.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open.

Open for non-spot shrimp only from June 7 through Oct.15.  1/2 inch mesh pots will be allowed and a maximum fishing depth restriction of 200 feet will be in effect. During this time all spot shrimp must be released immediately unharmed.

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 on May 16 - 18 and on May 30 - June 1. Will be open June 13 - 15, June 28 - 30, and July 12 - 14. Daylight hours only. Additional dates will be announced if quota allows.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

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

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 on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only and on May 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Will be open on June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Additional dates will be announced if quota allows.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

Will open sometime after the "all shrimp" season (including spot shrimp) has finished.

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

All-shrimp season: Closed...except for divers as noted below.

Was open on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only and on May 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Will be open on June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Divers are allowed to take shrimp by hand or hand-held device from 7:00 p.m. until midnight on June 13 in Marine Area 8-2. Additional dates will be announced if quota allows.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

Will open sometime after the "all shrimp" season (including spot shrimp) has finished.

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Was open on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Will be open on June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. 

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

Will open sometime after the "all shrimp" season (including spot shrimp) has finished.

Marine Area 10 - Elliott Bay

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Will be open on June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Additional dates will be announced if quota allows.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

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

Shrimp map for Marine Area 10
Photo by WDFW

Marine Area 10 - Outside Elliott Bay

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Will be open on June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. 

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

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

Shrimp map for Marine Area 10
Photo by WDFW

Marine Area 11 - Tacoma-Vashon Island

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open on May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Closed for the year.

Non-spot shrimp-only season: Open.

Open daily from June 1 through October 15.    1/2 inch mesh pots will be allowed and a maximum fishing depth restriction of 150 feet will be in effect. During this time all spot shrimp must be released immediately unharmed.

Marine Area 12 - Hood Canal

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open on May 17, May 18, and May 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only.  Will be open on June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Additional dates will be announced if quota allows.

Shrimpers are encouraged to confirm the status and fee structure for the boat launch at Skokomish Park at Potlatch/Saltwater Park before planning to use the facility.  For information you may call 360-877-9422.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

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

Marine Area 13 - South Puget Sound, Carr Inlet

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Will remain closed until further notice due to concerns over spot shrimp abundance.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open.

Open daily from June 1 through October 15.    1/2 inch mesh pots will be allowed and a maximum fishing depth restriction of 200 feet will be in effect. During this time all spot shrimp must be released immediately unharmed.