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Prince William Sound Personal Use Shrimp Fishery

Prince William Sound Personal Use Shrimp Pot Fishery

These fisheries are managed by emergency order, the fisheries may not open or may close at any time, or the bag limits may be reduced at any time.  Always check your local ADF&G office before going shrimping.

Remember that all Shellfish may be exposed to the algae that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. For more information, see the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning page (PDF 90 kB).

Remember, bag, possession, and pot limits for shellfish allowed under personal use MAY NOT be added to bag, possession, and pot limits under sport or subsistence fishing regulations.

This popular pot fishery takes place from April 15 to September 15.  A permit is required, and can be obtained from the ADF&G offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Delta Junction. Users may set up to 5 pots per person or per vessel.  Bouys on pots must be marked with the owners name and address.

The fishery is accessed from primarily from Whittier and Valdez.  Pots are easy to lose track of, so always take GPS readings of your sets, pay attention to currents, and use bouys that are large and brightly colored.  Oily, strong smelling baits like herring, canned tuna in oil or canned cat food work well, and herring oil added to bait canisters always helps.  Keeping your bait in containers with holes drilled in them makes your bait last longer.

Pots tend to fish best when fished on underwater structure like pinnacles, rock slides, and drop-offs.  Always use stout line about 15% longer than the water depth to allow for currents and tides.  Use weight in the pots to help them stay anchored, and use a stout, weighted line, and make each line about 15% longer than the water depth to allow for tides and currents.