Some bonus fishing time on the water in Hood Canal, and an increased daily catch limit for spot shrimp are on the near horizon.
State Fish and Wildlife has announced that spot shrimp fishing will reopen on June 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only.
“We had a good turnout although it was slightly below average, and the fishing has been spotty and some were doing good and it just depended on where you were fishing,” said Mark O’Toole, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “That was another reason why we are getting another Saturday to fish. Were not sure what is going on in Hood Canal because our preseason testing had been decent.”
In the eastern Strait (Marine Catch Area 6) and San Juan Islands (7 West) the daily catch limit will increase from 80 to 120 spot shrimp.
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The Strait of Juan de Fuca from Sekiu to Port Angeles (5 and 6) and San Juan Island West (7) are open daily and will close once the catch quota is achieved. Fishing is closed for the season in Marine Catch Areas 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 as well as the Discovery Bay Shrimp District.
Coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing will be open daily starting on June 1 in some marine areas.
“The majority of decent coonstripe fishing is mainly in the San Juan Islands and Strait of Juan de Fuca, but places like Port Townsend Bay and south of Narrows can be good,” O’Toole said.
Cooonstripe and pink shrimp fishing opens daily on June 1 along the east side of Whidbey Island (8), northern Puget Sound (9), and south-central Puget Sound (11) with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction.
Also, the San Juan Islands (7 East) will be open daily beginning June 1 for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Southern Puget Sound (13) opens daily starting June 1 for coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing with a 250-foot fishing depth restriction.