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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 11, 2009 at 9:22 PM

Spot shrimp fishery excellent to the point where some areas could close in near future

I talked with state Fish and Wildlife shrimp manager Mark O’Toole earlier this afternoon via email, and he informed me that some changes to the sport spot shrimp fishery could be decided as soon as tomorrow (May 12).

Here is what we know so far, but we’re still awaiting official word on this:

There was a record high effort in Marine Area 8 (Saratoga Passage/eastern Whidbey Island) on Saturday (May 9). And it was so good that it may close as early as tomorrow (May 12).

Marine Area 7 North/Central portion could close as soon as Friday (May 15) evening, and the Marine Area 7 southern portion could close by Saturday (May 16) evening. Both of these are located in the San Juan Islands.

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) will be getting at least one extra day, this Saturday (May 16) for sure.

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