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May 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Second day of Puget Sound spot shrimp fishery showed good catches

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The second day of the Puget Sound spot shrimp fishery concluded on Wednesday (May 8), and there could be more fishing days in a couple areas that just closed on the horizon.

State Fish and Wildlife officials are still crunching the numbers for the San Juan Islands, which remains open through Saturday (May 11).

Nothing has been set in stone yet, but Central Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 10) outside of Elliott Bay and south central Puget Sound  could reopen on Wednesday, May 22. The Everett/Saratoga Pass region (Area 8) only has 2,000 pounds left in the sport catch quota and will likely not get an additional day of fishing.

In all areas still open, the daily limit is 80 spot shrimp daily, and here are the remaining dates at this point:

Hood Canal is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 15, 18 and 22.

Discovery Bay is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 15, 18 and 22.

The Strait of Juan de Fuca east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, and Sekiu, Port Angeles and southern Puget Sound (excluding Discovery Bay) are open daily and will closes when the quota is achieved or Sept. 15, whichever comes first. One exception is southern Puget Sound which will close for spot shrimp on May 31.

San Juan Islands east and south region are open May 15-18, May 29-June 1.

San Juan Island western region is open Wednesday through Saturday each week through June 1. After June 1 the area will be open Thursday through Saturday each week until the quota is achieved or Sept. 15, whichever comes first.

Here are the preliminary Puget Sound spot shrimp catch estimates for the Wednesday, May 8, which looks to have been very good fishing. The “average” recreational boat fishes ~3.5 pots (four is the maximum) and carries ~3.3 anglers on board:

Everett/Saratoga Pass, Marine Catch Area 8 (18,000 pounds is recreational quota):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 510 on May 4 and 410 on May 8 in 2013; and 373 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 18.6 on May 4 and 1.83 on May 8 in 2013; and 18.6 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 12.5 on May 4 and 10.7 on May 8 in 2013; and 11.5 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 9,457 on May 4 and 7,577 on May 8 for total of 17,034 in 2013; and 6,933 on May 5 in 2012.

Northern Puget Sound, Marine Catch Area 9 (6,000):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 283 on May 4 and 182 on May 8 in 2013; and 202 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 16.7 on May 4 and 16.6 on May 8 in 2013; and 19.6 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 14.6 on May 4 and 13.1 on May 8 in 2013; and 13.3 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 4,730 on May 4 and 3,017 on May 8 for total of 7,747 in 2013; and 3,971 on May 5 in 2012.

Central Puget Sound, Marine Catch Area 10 (5,500):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 119 on May 4 and 67 on May 8 in 2013; and 91 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 17.4 on May 4 and 16.8 on May 8 in 2013; and 20.9 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 12.3 on May 4 and 13.5 on May 8 in 2013; and 12.4 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 2,060 on May 4 and 1,125 on May 8 for total of 3,185 in 2013; and 1,898 on May 5 in 2012.

Elliott Bay, Marine Catch Area 10 (4,500):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 161 on May 4 and 101 on May 8 in 2013; and 116 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 18.9 on May 4 and 18.3 on May 8 in 2013; and 19.3 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 10.2 on May 4 and 9.8 on May 8 in 2013; and 10.8 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 3,041 on May 4 and 1,845 on May 8 for a total of 4,886 in 2013; and 2,241 on May 8 in 2012.

South central Puget Sound, Marine Catch Area 11 (2,500):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 65 on May 4 and 60 on May 8 in 2013; and 85 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 10.2 on May 4 and 10.8 on May 8 in 2013; and 8.1 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 12.9 on May 4 and 13.0 on May 8 in 2013; and 16.4 on May 4 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 867 on May 4 and 646 on May 8 for a total of 1,513 in 2013; and 685 on May 5 in 2012.

Hood Canal, Marine Catch Area 12 (95,000):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 1,722 on May 4 and 1,101 on May 8 in 2013; and 1,510 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 18.0 on May 4 and 17.5 on May 8 in 2013; and 17.8 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 13.9 on May 4 and 13.8 on May 8 in 2013; and 14.1 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 31,005 on May 4 and 19,231 on May 8 for a total of 50,236 in 2013; and 26,889 on May 5 in 2012.

Discovery Bay Shrimp District (2,000):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 79 on May 4 and 27 on May 8 in 2013; and 50 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 12.5 on May 4 and 9.8 on May 8 in 2013; and 10.2 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 16.6 on May 4 and 16.6 on May 8 in 2013; and 17.4 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 987 on May 4 and 261 on May 8 for a total of 1,248 in 2013; and 505 on May 5 in 2012.

San Juan Island East and West, Marine Catch Areas 7 (40,500):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 183 on May 4 in 2013 and 107 May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 10.4 on May 4 in 2013 and 4.4 May 5 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 11.6 on May 4 in 2013 and 11.7 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 1,912 on May 4 in 2013 and 470 on May 5 in 2012.

San Juan Island South, Marine Catch Areas 7 (13,000):

Estimated number boats shrimp fishing: 98 on May 4 in 2013 and 92 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch per boats in pounds: 10.8 on May 4 in 2013 and 9.9 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated count of spot shrimp per pound: 11.5 on May 4 in 2013 and 12.6 on May 5 in 2012.

Estimated catch in pounds: 1,056 on May 4 in 2013 and 914 on May 5 in 2012.

For more information on the spot shrimp fisheries, go tohttp://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp/.

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