Each May, the Hood Canal becomes a boating Mecca, as anglers from across the Pacific Northwest descend upon this arm of Puget Sound in search of its sweetest saltwater prize, the Hood Canal Spot Shrimp. Each year, the Hood Canal is opened to the harvest of Spot Shrimp (also called Spot Prawns). The Hood Canal has long been known for its large Spot Shrimp, plenty of easy limits, and a reliable season that for years has given shrimpers more open days than other areas of Puget Sound.

2013 Hood Canal Spot Shrimp Season

Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal Shrimp District)

  • Saturday May 4: 9am to 1pm
  • Wednesday May 8: 9am to 1pm
  • Wednesday May 15: 9am to 1pm
  • Saturday May 18: 9am to 1pm
  • Wednesday May 22: 9am to 1pm

The state will assess the catches during these days and decide whether an additional day will be available. As always, this information is a helpful guide; I recommend you visit the OFFICIAL WDFW 2013 PUGET SOUND SPOT SHRIMP SEASON NEWS RELEASE.

Hood Canal Spot Shrimp Limits

The daily limit for Hood Canal Spot Shrimp is 80 per person. Get the full regulations at Get the full regulations at WDFW SHELLFISH REGULATIONS.