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Spot (Pandalus platyceros), Coonstripe (P. danae and P. hypsinotus), Pink (P. eous and P. jordani).

Shrimp Daily Limits and General Rules

(See gear rules on Statewide Gear Rules)

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

First opening date will occur in May.
  • Daily limit of 80 shrimp.
  • Shrimp heads may be removed while in the field, prior to coming ashore. The minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is 1″ mesh (see gear rules on Statewide 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 mesh size for shrimp pots is ½” mesh (see gear rules on Statewide 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).

  • 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″ mesh (see gear rules on Statewide Gear Rules).

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 toll-free Hotline, (866) 880-5431, or wdfw.wa.gov, for season closures and restrictions. See also closures on Marine Preserves, Conservation Areas & Shellfish Protection Zones.

Season Information

AREA

SPECIES

SEASON / OPEN DAYS AND TIMES / ADDITIONAL RULES

Marine Areas 4 (east of Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, 6, 7 East, 7 South, 7 West, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11, 12, Discovery Bay Shrimp District, and Hood Canal Shrimp District (Marine Area 12).

Marine Areas 7 East, 7 South, and 7 West.

Discovery Bay Shrimp District
(see Marine Area 6 Map).

All Species For shrimp season open dates and times go to: https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/shrimp or refer to the toll-free shellfish rule change hotline (866) 880-5431. The dates for the upcoming season will be announced and available in late March or early April to accommodate co-management obligations, account for extreme tides, and complete pre-season test fishing and quota setting.
Marine Area 13 All Species Closed to spot shrimp harvest in 2020.
Pacific Ocean
Marine Areas 1-3 and 4 (west of Bonilla-Tatoosh line)
All Species Year-round. Open daily.
Note: 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.

Spot Shrimp
(Pandalus platyceros) are distinguished by four white spots on the body. Spot shrimp may reach 10″ in total length.

Pink Shrimp
(Pandalus eous and P. jordani) are small (less than 6″) and uniformly pink.

Coonstripe (Humpback) Shrimp
(Pandalus hypsinotus) is mottled reddish-brown with some white patches on the head and tail. This species may reach 7½” in length.

Coonstripe (Dock) Shrimp
(Pandalus danae) are brownish in color with brown lines and spots on the head and tail. This species may grow to 5½” in length.

Marine Area 7 Shrimp Map