While the giant prawn-sized spot shrimp garner most of the attention by anglers, the smaller coonstripe and pink shrimp are nothing to ignore.
The sport coonstripe and pink shrimp fishery will reopen at 7 a.m. on June 1 in Marine Catch Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 [eastside of Whidbey Island and Saratoga Passage, northern Puget Sound and south-central Puget Sound]. Pots may be set no deeper in the water than 150-feet.
The north/central portion of Marine Area 7 [San Juan Islands] will also reopen for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Area 13 [southern Puget Sound] will be closing to spot shrimp fishing, but will stay open for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing on June 1.
The north/central portion of Area 7 includes all waters north of a line from Biz Point on Fidalgo Island to Cape Saint Mary on Lopez Island, then north of a line from Davis Point on Lopez Island to Cattle Point on San Juan Island, then north of a line due west from Lime Kiln Point light on San Juan Island to the international boundary.
The southern portion of Marine Area 7, which is all waters south of the above boundary will remain closed for the season to all shrimp species.
All spot shrimp caught must be immediately returned to the water. Small mesh pots (half-inch minimum) may be used in these areas, please see pages 132 and 133 of the 2009/2010 “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet for details on pot mesh size rules, and descriptions of the shrimp species.