Frequently asked questions
Where can I go fishing on my boat?
Visit the following sites for up to date fishing information and what's open and what's not:
Washington - wdfw.wa.gov/about/covid-19-updates
Oregon - myodfw.com/COVID-19
British Columbia - https://tinyurl.com/bcfishingrestrictions
Who can go fishing with me?
At this time, only members of your immediate family or household.
Is WDFW going to open halibut fishing? Update: YES!
Angling for halibut in Marine Catch Areas 5 to 10 will be allowed to target fish every other day – open Wednesday (May 20); Friday (May 22); Sunday (May 24); Tuesday (May 26); May 28; May 30; and June 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29, etc. – or until the catch quota of 77,550 pounds is achieved, whichever comes first. Anglers are strongly reminded to be responsible and follow social distancing rules still in place.
Do I have to have a fishing license to fish right now?
Yes. You must have a valid 2020-2021 fishing license.
Which boat ramps are open?
Most ramps have reopeneds. We advise you to call the agency affiliated with your launch to answer any questions.
Can I go on a fishing charter right now?
Most fishing charters in the state of Washington have reopened with a few initial restrictions:
-Maximum group of 2 people
-Must be from the same household
-Customers must bring their own mask/face covering
Where can I go salmon fishing in Puget Sound?
5.19.20: WDFW says the central Puget Sound (Area 10) coho only fishery opening on June 1 and the Tulalip Bubble Fishery for chinook opening May 29 are both going to open as planned.
Is shrimping open. Update 5/26/20 - YES!
2020 Puget Sound recreational spot shrimp seasons are as follows:
Marine Area 4
Marine Area 5 (western Strait of Juan de Fuca): Open daily beginning May 28, daylight hours. The recreational spot shrimp season closes when the quota is met.
Marine Area 6 (Port Angeles Harbor, eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open May 28, June 1-13 (daily), and then Thursdays through Sundays each week beginning June 18 until quota is met. Daylight hours.
Marine Area 6 (Discovery Bay Shrimp District): Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 11, 15 and 28. QUOTA HAS BEEN MET - CLOSED
Marine Area 7 South (Iceberg Point, Point Colville, Biz Point, Salmon Bank): Open May 28 and June 1, 11, 15, 26, 28 and 30. Daylight hours. QUOTA HAS BEEN MET - CLOSED
Marine Area 7 East (northern Rosario Strait, Bellingham Bay, Sucia and Matia islands, Strait of Georgia): Open May 28 and June 1, 11, 15, 26, 28 and 30. Daylight hours. QUOTA HAS BEEN MET - CLOSED
Marine Area 7 West (San Juan Channel, Speiden Channel, Stuart and Waldron islands): Open May 28, June 1-13 (daily), and then Thursdays through Sundays each week beginning June 18 until quota is met. Daylight hours. QUOTA HAS BEEN MET - CLOSED
Marine Areas 8-1 (Saratoga Passage, Deception Pass) and 8-2 (Port Susan, Port Gardner, Everett): Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11. QUOTA HAS BEEN MET - CLOSED
Marine Area 9 (Edmonds, Port Townsend Bay, Admiralty Inlet): Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11. QUOTA HAS BEEN MET - CLOSED
Marine Area 10 (Elliott Bay): Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11 (this is the portion of Marine Area 10 east of a line from West Point to Alki Point). QUOTA HAS BEEN MET - CLOSED
Marine Area 10 (outside Elliott Bay): Open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 11 (this is the portion of Marine Area 10 west of a line from West Point to Alki Point, which includes the Bainbridge Island shrimp fishing grounds). QUOTA HAS BEEN MET - CLOSED
Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island): Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11.
Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal Shrimp District): Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 11, 15, 26, 28 and July 15, 28.
Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound, Carr Inlet): Closed for spot shrimp harvest this season due to low abundance.
Additional dates and times may be announced if enough quota remains after the initial fishing days listed above.
In all areas of Puget Sound fishers are limited to 80 shrimp a day (if open) during the month of May. Beginning June 1, the daily limit is 10 pounds of all shrimp with a maximum of 80 spot shrimp.
A valid 2020-21 combination license, shellfish license, or Fish Washington license is required to participate in the fishery.
Velasquez reminds shrimpers that traps can be set one hour before official sunrise during any open period in the marine areas without specified harvest hours. These include marine areas 5, 6 (except for the Discovery Bay Shrimp District), 7 East, 7 South, and 7 West.
The pots must be removed from the water in these same areas by one hour after sunset at the end of an open period. The start and end times for all other areas are listed above.
More information on recreational shrimp seasons, and a description of the marine areas, is available on WDFW's recreational shrimp fishing website.
Seasons for non-spot shrimping (dock, coonstripe, and pink shrimp only) will begin later this year and will be announced separately.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting, and other recreation opportunities.
Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (email@example.com). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation.