Shrimping Season is Half Over!

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On this, the third day of shrimping season, I can already hear the buzzing of the fleet….waterborne warriors who risk it all in pursuit of the elusive Hood Canal Spot Prawn.

The limited shrimping season started last Saturday – on a blustery day that was pouring down rain (and the Kentucky Derby was on) but some brave soldiers who didn’t have to buck the harbor entrance were out.

“We have slightly lower quotas than last year in Hood Canal and Discovery Bay, which are traditionally popular areas,” O’Toole (Dept of Fish and Wildlife Shrimping) said. “We will reopen the areas later if sufficient quota remains.

Also known as prawns, spot shrimp are the largest shrimp in Puget Sound and may grow up to nine inches in length. In all areas of Puget Sound, fishers are limited to 80 spot shrimp per day. A valid 2014-15 fishing license is required to participate in the fishery.

10308201_708039279239840_6752723023170823047_nFresh caught Hood Canal Spot Prawns go for $30/lb at the Hamma Hamma Oyster Co. in Lilliwaup,  but they’re currently sold out. THe other option is to wait on the community dock and try to bribe someone coming in with a haul!

The second day of shrimping, May 7th proved to be much sunnier, and Shrimpfest posted a picture of some beauties! Today is shaping up to be a great day. Check the tide table on the right hand sidebar for getting in and out of the harbor. We figure a +5 tide plus whatever your boat draws (depth from waterline to the bottom of your boat) should give you enough to squeak through.

And even when shrimping seasons over, the fun’s just beginning at Brinnon’s annual SHRIMPFEST, May 24th and 25th (Memorial Day Weekend)

Catch the music, the food, and fun at this annual tribal ritual celebrating the hunt of the elusive Hood Canal Prawn. Don’t miss the legendary Belt Sander Race as people from near and far take on “The Devil”, a name that inspires fear in power tools everywhere.

LIMITED SEASON
Season/Open Days and Times:

Open May 3, 7, 10 and 21, 2014, with 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. fishing hours.

Additional dates and times will be announced if sufficient quota remains.

Last Updated: May 2, 2014

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(click image to watch True Grit take on The Devil)

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