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May 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Spot shrimp fishing season was one of the best in recent years

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The spot shrimp fishery catch rates were some of the best seen in years, and much of that can be attributed to the good weather.

“There was a lot of shrimp caught during the last openings,” said Mark O’Toole, a state Fish and Wildlife shellfish manager. “Catch rates were good with even more people out than usual, and we hit it just right on the nice weather.”

“There’s probably aren’t going to be anymore openings, and we’re done now in (Marine Catch Areas) 8, 9, 10 and 11,” O’Toole said. “This was some of the best weather we’ve had during any season in five or six years, and today (May 16) is the last day for Hood Canal and Discovery Bay.”

Here are the preliminary Puget Sound Recreational Spot Shrimp Catch Estimates for May 5-12:

(Includes last two year’s opening day catch for comparison. Note: The “average” recreational boat fishes 3.5 pots (four is the maximum) and carries 3.2 anglers on board. *-Aggregate count per pound for all open days in that Marine Area).

Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands, sport quota is 15,880 pounds)

Estimate number of boats shrimp fishing: 199 on May 5; 178 on May 11; and 265 on May 12.

Estimate catch per boat in pounds: 6.7 on May 5; 12.4 on May 11; and 13.8 on May 12.

*Estimate count per pound: 13.5 on May 5; 13.5 on May 11; 13.5 on May 12.

Estimated catch in pounds: 1,345 on May 5; 2,198 on May 11; 3,655 on May 12; and 7,198 total.

Marine Area 8 (Everett/Saratoga, sport quota is 11,400 pounds)

Estimate number of boats shrimp fishing: 1,373 on May 5; 352 on May 11.

Estimate catch per boat in pounds: 18.6 on May 5; 16.9 on May 11.

*Estimate count per pound: 11.5 on May 5; 11.5 on May 11.

Estimated catch in pounds: 6,933 on May 5; 5,942 on May 11; and 12,874 total.

Marine Area 9 (Northern Puget Sound, sport quota is 3,900 pounds)

Estimate number of boats shrimp fishing: 202 on May 5; 181 on May 11.

Estimate catch per boat in pounds: 19.6 on May 5; 16.7 on May 11.

*Estimate count per pound: 13.3 on May 5; 13.3 on May 11.

Estimated catch in pounds: 3,971 on May 5; 3,020 on May 11; and 6,991 total.

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Marine Area 10 (Bainbridge Island, sport quota is 3,300 pounds)

Estimate number of boats shrimp fishing: 91 on May 5; 93 on May 11.

Estimate catch per boat in pounds: 20.9 on May 5; 14.7 on May 11.

*Estimate count per pound: 12.4 on May 5; 12.4 on May 11.

Estimated catch in pounds: 1,898 on May 5; 1,361 on May 11; and 3,259 total.

Marine Area 10 (Elliott Bay, sport quota is 2,700 pounds)

Estimate number of boats shrimp fishing: 116 on May 5; 83 on May 11.

Estimate catch per boat in pounds: 19.3 on May 5; 18.3 on May 11.

*Estimate count per pound: 10.8 on May 5; 10.8 on May 11.

Estimated catch in pounds: 2,241 on May 5; 1,522 on May 11; and 3,763 total.

Marine Area 11 (South central Puget Sound, sport quota is 1,400 pounds)

Estimate number of boats shrimp fishing: 85 on May 5; 39 on May 11.

Estimate catch per boat in pounds: 8.1 on May 5; 8.4 on May 11.

*Estimate count per pound: 16.4 on May 5; 16.4 on May 11.

Estimated catch in pounds: 685 on May 5; 329 on May 11; and 1,014 total.

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal, sport quota is 85,000 pounds)

Estimate number of boats shrimp fishing: 1,510 on May 5; 1,428 on May 11; and 1,580 on May 12.

Estimate catch per boat in pounds: 17.8 on May 5; 16.1 on May 11; and 15.6 on May 12.

*Estimate count per pound: 14.1 on May 5; 14.2 on May 11; 14.3 on May 12.

Estimated catch in pounds: 26,889 on May 5; 23,051 on May 11; 24,668 on May 12; and 74,608 total.

Discovery Bay Shrimp District (Sport quota is 2,000 pounds)

Estimate number of boats shrimp fishing: 50 on May 5; 36 on May 11; and 42 on May 12.

Estimate catch per boat in pounds: 10.2 on May 5; 9.5 on May 11; and 8.9 on May 12.

*Estimate count per pound: 17.3 on May 5; 17.3 on May 11; 17.3 on May 12.

Estimated catch in pounds: 505 on May 5; 341 on May 11; 374 on May 12; and 1,220 total.

Remaining areas open for spot shrimp are:

Neah Bay, Sekiu and Port Angeles are open daily for spot shrimp until Sept. 15 or until the catch quota is achieved.

Southern Puget Sound is also open daily until May 31 or until the catch quota is achieved.

The San Juan Islands are open this Friday and Saturday (May 17 and 19) at 7 a.m. each day.

(Photos taken by Ryan Nakata)

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