Shrimp fishing

Was wondering if anyone had any info about fishing for shrimp with pots. Is it similar to crab, ie the bait and location just a different pot or should I look for different spots and use different bait. I live in Bellingham and am going to use my canoe to drop the pots

thanks john:thumb:


Regs for shrimping are online, they're fairly specific about the type of pot to use and when/where you can do it.

I went for the first time last week and did well. We fished in ~300 feet of water and used cat food for bait. I don't own a line puller, I was exhausted pulling up 300+ ft of rope every hour or so, I've been shopping around for one since then. :)


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Canned cat food is the usual bait and the shrimp differ from crabs in that they are in much deeper water (250-400 ft). Make sure you put some weights in your pots or you will likely loose them in the current. As ibn says, it is a lot of work if you don't have a pot puller.

Clint F

Fly Fishing Youth
Shrimping is fun, if you have a pot puller. Our best pot last weekend was in shallow (180ft). Picture was from last year on the canal. We didnt take any last saturday. I will give a report this saturday though.



Ugly member
Canned cat food is the usual bait and the shrimp differ from crabs in that they are in much deeper water (250-400 ft).
Are the crabs not in deeper water? I know the regs won't let you fish for crabs in deeper water. A 100' line is all you can use, no longer.

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
As I Am, when I go out for crab I've found my best success in a few spots that are about 80' deep. I've found that at that depth I get almost 100% Dungeness. At about 50' there are places that I find crab but sometimes it is a mix of Dungeness and Red Rock. I am the pot puller, for that reason alone I'm not that tempted to drop a set of shrimp pots 200' to 400'. When I keep stockers or hatchery fish I tend to bag the scraps (fillet free spines, fins, heads) and use that for crab bait and I feed the cat food to the cats.


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you can fish for crab at any depth you choose.

shrimp, as already posted, are deep water critters that move with the tides. the 'usual' drop is in water >200'. if you are exploring, a set of 45 minutes will tell you if you are in the right location or not. without a pot puller, you are going to have a tough time of it. my traps each weight on the order of 30# empty, just to keep the currents from taking they out of the area i drop.

cat food works, dry fish pellets work, see what you can find the best buy on and stick with it.


Ugly member
I've never gone after shrimp before, but I do agree with mumbles on the crab set up and depth. I was just curious if they inhibited deeper water and as to why the regs won't let you use line that is longer than 100' for crabs.

Michael Thompson

the flavor of BADFISH
we boated four limits last saturday, all around 240 255 feet deep. my shrimping guru says you can use anything for bait as long as its mackerel, which we mixed with cat food that supposedly had mackerel in it as well. dont use the shrimping pellets, they were desingned for commercial fishermen that leave their pots out longer than us weekend warriors.

as far as crabbing goes the best is usually in or near eel grass beds.

Kim Hampton

Not Politically Correct
A friend of mine was out last weekend and said some guy on a boat in the area had have a medivac because he got caught in a gas powered winch of some sort. I didn't hear if it was a standard pot type puller or maybe a capstan style. Know what you are doing with the pullers before you start yanking. Any of those things can hurt you bad if you aren't paying attention.
As has been the case the past few years the shrimping season is very short and sweet. We got our daily limits in our usual locations. With the short seasons and cost of gear if I didn't already have all the gear I doubt that I'd participate in the fishery. Spots are great eating!

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