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Statewide Gear Rules
Crab, Shrimp & Crawfish
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Fishing Hotline
360-902-2500

Shellfish Rule
Change Hotline

1-866-880-5431

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For more information on
fishing, please contact the
WDFW Fish Program.
360-902-2700
Fish Program District Biologists

For fishing regulation
questions, e-mail us at:
fishregs@dfw.wa.gov

For all other questions and comments, e-mail us at:
fishpgm@dfw.wa.gov

 

 
  Click Description for complete Rules & Seasons
Marine
Area
Description Status
1 Pacific Ocean - Ilwaco OPEN ALL YEAR
2 Pacific Ocean - Westport/Ocean Shores OPEN ALL YEAR
3 Pacific Ocean - LaPush OPEN ALL YEAR
4 West of Tatoosh-Bonilla Line (Pacific Ocean) OPEN ALL YEAR
4 Neah Bay east of Tatoosh - Bonilla line CLOSED
5 Western Strait of Juan De Fuca CLOSED
6 Port Angeles Harbor, Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca CLOSED
6 Discovery Bay Shrimp District CLOSED
7 South - Iceberg Point, Point Colville, Biz Point, Salmon Bank CLOSED
7 East - northern Rosario Strait, Bellingham Bay, Sucia and Matia Islands, Strait of Georgia CLOSED
7 West - San Juan Channel, Spieden Channel, Stuart and Waldron Islands CLOSED
8-1 Saratoga Passage, Deception Pass CLOSED
8-2 Port Susan, Port Gardner, Everett CLOSED
9 Edmonds, Port Townsend Bay, Admiralty Inlet CLOSED
10 Elliott Bay, Seattle/Bremerton CLOSED
11 Tacoma-Vashon Island CLOSED
12 Hood Canal CLOSED
13 South Puget Sound, Carr Inlet CLOSED

Shrimp Daily Limits and Rules
Spot
(Pandalus platyceros)
Coonstripe
(P. danae and P. hypsinotus)
Pink
(P. eous and P. jordani)

PUGET SOUND and HOOD CANAL
(Marine Areas 5-13 and Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line).

1st Saturday in May through May 31:

DAILY LIMIT OF 80 SHRIMP.

Shrimp heads may be removed while in the field, prior to coming ashore.

The minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is 1" mesh (click here for current gear rules).

June 1 through October 15:

DAILY LIMIT OF 10 POUNDS, heads and tails, of all shrimp species combined (maximum of 80 spot shrimp - if open for spot shrimp).

Shrimp heads may be removed, but must be retained while in the field, until ashore and finished fishing for the day.

The minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is 1" mesh unless the area is closed for spot shrimp, but open for coonstripe and pink shrimp, then the minimum size for shrimp pots is 1/2" mesh (click here for current gear rules).

In areas closed for spot shrimp, but open for coonstripe and pink shrimp, all spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

PACIFIC OCEAN
(Marine Areas 1-3 and Marine Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line)

Pacific Ocean shrimp grounds are located a considerable distance from shore (30 miles or more) and as a result are generally inaccessible by the casual sport fisher.

DAILY LIMIT OF 25 POUNDS, heads and tails, of all shrimp species combined (maximum of 200 spot shrimp).

Shrimp heads may be removed, but must be retained while in the field, until ashore and finished fishing for the day.
The minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is 1" mesh (click here for current gear rules).

ALL AREAS

Each harvester must have a separate container for their catch, either in their possession or identified with their name.

No minimum carapace size.

Maximum of two shrimp pots per person and no more than four shrimp pots per boat.

Prior to harvesting, check the Shellfish Rule Change free Hotline (866) 880-5431 or http://wdfw.wa.gov for season closures and restrictions.