State Fish and Wildlife managers are still crunching the Puget Sound spot shrimp fishery numbers, but it looks like one area in particular will get another day for anglers to pursue these tasty prawn sized shrimp.
The one place that has a chance to reopen is the eastern side of Whidbey Island commonly referred to as Marine Catch Areas 8-1 and 8-2.
Clearly fishing was much better in Marine Area 8 on Wednesday than on the previous Saturday opener, a state fisheries manager had pointed out.
All other marine locations such as northern, central and south-central Puget Sound (Catch Areas 9, 10 and 11) have either reached or are above their sport catch quota.
Fisheries managers plan to have a news release coming out soon, and the target date is Wednesday, May 21 since the tides are ideal that for anglers and that should give folks at least a week’s notice.
Here are the Marine Area 8 estimated catch figures, which has a 19,000 pound catch quota:
May 3: 524 boats catch per boat average is 11.0 pounds with a shrimp count of 11.6 per pound and an estimated catch of 5,683 pounds.
May 7: 409 boats catch per boat average is 15.3 pounds with a shrimp count of 11.5 per pound and an estimated catch of 6,257 pounds.