Statewide Gear Rules
Crab, Shrimp & Crawfish
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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.