We’ve known about a possible reopening of the spot shrimp season for a few days now, but it is official that state Fish and Wildlife will allow anglers another day of spot shrimp fishing in some parts of Puget Sound.
Areas set to reopen May 25 are the Discovery Bay Shrimp District, Marine Catch Areas 8-1 (Skagit Bay/Saratoga Passage), 8-2 (Port Susan/Port Gardner), 11 (south central Puget Sound), and 10 (central Puget Sound) outside of Elliott Bay, west of a line from West Point to Alki Point.
Fishing will be allowed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Hood Canal will also open May 25, and will reopen for one additional day June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
“Catch rates by individual boats were generally high, but strong winds and high seas kept some people off the water,” Mark O’Toole, a state Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologist said in a news release. “That left enough spot shrimp available under the quota for one more day of fishing in these areas.”
Daily limit is 80 spot shrimp.
Starting June 1, sport-fishing seasons for coonstripe and pink shrimp will get under way in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction; the north/central portion of Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands), with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction; and Marine Area 13 in southern Puget Sound.
All spot shrimp must be immediately returned to the water during those fisheries, which run through Oct. 15.