North Puget Sound: Catch spot shrimp: The popular spot shrimp season opens May 11 in Puget Sound. Visit our Recreational Shrimp Fishing webpage for Marine Area spot shrimp schedules. The limit is 80 spot shrimp per day in all areas of Puget Sound.
Hook a halibut: Several areas of Puget Sound will open for halibut fishing in May with a higher halibut quota compared to recent years. For marine areas 5-10, the halibut fishery will be open May 2, 4, 9, 11, 18, 24, and 26. Depending on available quota, areas will re-open to halibut fishing June 6, 8, 20, and 22. There is a one-fish daily catch limit and no minimum size restriction. The annual limit is four halibut.
Reel in some bass: May provides good fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass across western Washington as waters warm and adult fish prepare to spawn. Look for bass around grass lines, docks, pilings, and rock piles. On larger lakes, look for shallow shorelines with a southern exposure that will warm quicker than the main lake.
Fish the Skykomish River: The Skykomish River will open to fishing for hatchery chinook salmon on May 25