1 More Day For Sound Spot Shrimpers

Spot shrimp will open for one more day of fishing next week in areas of Puget Sound and Hood Canal, WDFW just announced.

The agency says that the Discovery Bay Shrimp District, Marine Areas 8-1 (Skagit Bay/Saratoga Passage), 8-2 (Port Susan/Port Gardner), 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island), and a portion of Marine Area 10 outside of Elliott Bay, west of a line from West Point to Alki Point, will reopen Wednesday, May 25, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ELLIE LEHMAN SHOWS OFF ONE OF DOZENS OF SPOT SHRIMP SHE AND HER FAMILY HAULED UP OFF OF CAMANO ISLAND DURING THE MAY 7 OPENER. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

Though catches were good during the May 7 opener, WDFW says that wind and sea conditions kept some anglers off Puget Sound.

“That left enough spot shrimp available under the quota for one more day of fishing in these areas,” said shellfish biologist Mark O’Toole.

The first opener was also marked by the deaths of two shrimpers off Camano Island, 13-year-old Austin Anglin and 68-year-old Wilfred Whetham.

The Hood Canal Shrimp District will also open May 25 as previously scheduled, and will reopen for one additional day June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., says WDFW.

The limit is 80 shrimp a day, and you’ll need a 2011-12 fishing license.

Starting June 1, sport-fishing seasons for coonstripe and pink shrimp will get under way in the following areas:

Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction.

The north/central portion of Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands), with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction.

Marine Area 13 in southern Puget Sound.

All spot shrimp must be immediately returned to the water during those fisheries, which run through Oct. 15.

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