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: Closed.

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Will be open on May 19-22, June 2-5, and June 16-19 in 2021. Daylight hours only.  Additional dates may be added if quota remains.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

Marine Area 6 - Discovery Bay Shrimp District

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 19 and May 22 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:

Will be open May 19-22 and June 2-5 in 2021. Daylight hours only. Additional dates may be added if quota remains.

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:

Will be open May 19-22, June 2-5, and June 16-19 in 2021. Daylight hours only.  Additional dates may be added if quota remains.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

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:

Will be open May 19-22, June 2-5, and June 16-19 in 2021. Daylight hours only. Additional dates may be added if quota remains.

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.

Will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, 2021. An additional date may be added if quota remains.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

 

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, 2021. An additional date may be added if quota remains.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

 

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

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, 2021. An additional date may be added if quota remains.

Non-spot shrimp only season: Closed.

 

Marine Area 10 - Elliott Bay

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Open 3 hours only from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 19, 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:

Will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, 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:

Will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, 2021.

Non-spot shrimp-only season: Closed.

 

Marine Area 12 - Hood Canal

All-shrimp season: Closed.

Season/Open Days and Times:

Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19, May 22, June 2, June 5, and June 16 in 2021. Additional dates may be added if quota remains. Please note that the Skokomish Park at Potlatch (“Saltwater Park”) Hood Canal boat launch is currently closed until further notice.

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: Closed.