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:

Was open daily from June 20 through September 15, daylight hours, for harvest of all shrimp species.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open daily.

Opened September 16 until further notice to harvest of all shrimp species except spot shrimp. 1/2 inch mesh pots are allowed.  All spot shrimp caught from September 16 onward must be immediately returned to the water unharmed.

UPDATE June 15: The Makah Reservation, including marinas and all services, remains closed to visitors. Neah Bay on the Makah Reservation represents the primary direct boat access in Marine Area 4, and as a result, those fishing in this area will have to launch from and land in other areas. Anglers fishing in Marine Area 4 will still have to follow all rules and regulations for that area, regardless of where they return with their catch.

Marine Area 5 - Western Strait of Juan De Fuca

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open daily from May 28 through September 15, daylight hours, for harvest of all shrimp species.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open daily.

Opened September 16 until further notice to harvest of all shrimp species except spot shrimp. 1/2 inch mesh pots are allowed.  All spot shrimp caught from September 16 onward must be immediately returned to the water unharmed.

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

This area was open for harvest of all shrimp species (including spot shrimp) May 28, June 1 - 13, 18 - 21, 25 - 28, and August 12, 13, 15, 16. It is now closed.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open daily.

Opened July 2 until further notice to harvest of all shrimp species except spot shrimp, with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. 1/2 inch mesh pots are allowed.  All spot shrimp caught from July 2 onward must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 200 feet deep.

Marine Area 6 - Discovery Bay Shrimp District

All-shrimp season: Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

Was open to harvest of all shrimp species (including spot shrimp) from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 11 and 15 only.  Originally scheduled to be open on June 28 as well, but closed because the State harvest share has been taken.

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 to harvest of all shrimp species (including spot shrimp) May 28 and June 1, 11, 15, 26, 28 and 30. Daylight hours.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed

A non-spot shrimp only season is not planned for 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 7 - East - northern Rosario Strait, Bellingham Bay, Sucia and Matia Islands, Strait of Georgia

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

This area was open to harvest of all shrimp species (including spot shrimp) May 28 and June 1, 11, 15, 26, 28, 30 and August 12, 13, 15, 16 and September 10 - 14. It is now closed.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open daily.

Open July 1 until further notice to harvest of all shrimp species except spot shrimp, with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. 1/2 inch mesh pots are allowed.  All spot shrimp caught from July 1 onward must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 200 feet deep.

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:

This area was open for harvest of all shrimp species (including spot shrimp) May 28, June 1-13, June 18-21, June 25-28, July 2-5, and August 12, 13, 15, 16, 20-23 and September 10 - 14. It is now closed.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed

A non-spot shrimp only season is not planned for 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

All-shrimp (including spot shrimp) fishery was open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11 and is now closed. 

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open

Open June 16 until further notice to harvest of all shrimp species except spot shrimp, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. 1/2 inch mesh pots are allowed.  All spot shrimp caught from June 16 onward must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet deep.

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

All-shrimp season: Closed

All-shrimp (including spot shrimp) fishery was open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11 and is now closed. 

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open

Open June 16 until further notice to harvest of all shrimp species except spot shrimp, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. 1/2 inch mesh pots are allowed.  All spot shrimp caught from June 16 onward must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet deep.

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

This area was open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 12. It is now closed.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open daily.

Open June 16 until further notice to harvest of all shrimp species except spot shrimp, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. 1/2 inch mesh pots are allowed. All spot shrimp caught from June 16 onward must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet deep.

Marine Area 10 - Elliott Bay

All-shrimp season: Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

All-shrimp (including spot shrimp) shrimp fishery was open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11 and is now closed.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed

A non-spot shrimp only season is not scheduled for 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:

All-shrimp (including spot shrimp) shrimp fishery was open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 11 and is now closed.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed

A non-spot shrimp only season is not scheduled for 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:

All-shrimp (including spot shrimp) shrimp fishery was open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11 and is now closed.

Non-spot shrimp-only season: Open

Open June 16 until further notice to harvest of all shrimp species except spot shrimp, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. 1/2 inch mesh pots are allowed.  All spot shrimp caught from June 16 onward must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet deep

Marine Area 12 - Hood Canal

All-shrimp season: Closed

Season/Open Days and Times:

All shrimp (including spot shrimp) fishery was open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11, 15, 26, 28 and July 15.
UPDATE July 21: The target share has been reached and the previously scheduled opening for July 28 has been cancelled.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed

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

UPDATE June 8: Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 and community health risk, the Skokomish Tribe has decided to delay opening the Skokomish Park at Potlatch (aka “Saltwater Park”) Hood Canal boat launch. This boat launch and associated facilities, located just north of Potlatch State Park in southern Hood Canal, will remain closed until further notice; a date has not been announced. Hood Canal recreational shrimp fishers will need to seek an alternative access site until further notice. 

Marine Area 13 - South Puget Sound, Carr Inlet

All-shrimp season: Closed due to concerns over spot shrimp abundance

There is no season for spot shrimp harvest scheduled for 2020. 

Non-spot shrimp only season: Open

Open June 1 until further notice to harvest of all shrimp species except spot shrimp, with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. 1/2 inch mesh pots are allowed.  All spot shrimp caught from June 1 onward must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 200 feet deep.