2014 Puget Sound Shrimping

Time To Shrimp Again

Pot full of Puget Sound Shrimp
A pot full of Puget Sound shrimp!

Summer is fast approaching and that means that it is time to go shrimping!  The official notice came out a few days ago.

Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 are re-opening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Area 7 East is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing as well, with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Effective date: June 1, 2014.

Species affected: Non-spot (coonstripe and pink) shrimp.

Location: Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11.

Reason for action: Recreational non-spot shrimp shares are available in these Marine Areas.

Other information:  Marine Areas 4, 5, 6 and 7 West remain open daily to all shrimp species.

Contact: Mark O’Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

Anglers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp  for details on current shrimp fishing seasons and regulations, or check the current WDFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet  for fishing regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Honestly this isn’t something the Fishing with Cliff crew have done a lot of.  We have plenty of other things to suck at, like halibut fishing.  Though we may try it this year, maybe…

Here are some great links for going shrimping in Puget Sound in case you are wanting to gear up and go.

 

Photo Credit: Fish Washington