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Spot Shrimp




Information & Factsspot shrimp

Species Name
Spot Shrimp
(Pandalus platyceros)

Size Range
Can reach a length of more than nine inches (23 cm), excluding the antennae

Spot shrimp have a deep pink/red or pink/orange body with white lines on the head and two pairs of white spots on the tail end. This is one of the most important shrimp species for both sport and commercial harvesters.

Where to fish for Spot Shrimp
Only seven of BC's shrimp species are regularly caught for consumption by sport harvesters, Shrimp are found primarily on or near the bottom, but make daily migrations through the water column in search of food and are most frequently caught at depths of 30 to 300 feet.

How to catch:

Shrimpers use pots of various sizes and designs, most with two or four entrance tunnels sloping gently inward to a circular opening about three inches in diameter. Shrimp pots are available at many sporting goods stores, though many shrimpers choose to make their own. Whether you choose to buy or build your own pot, consult the fishing regulations for regulations on pot design and mesh size.

Canned, fish-flavored cat food is the most popular bait for shrimping in BC. Baits such as fresh or frozen fish (whole or ground), clams, and oysters are also used with some success. Cat food cans should be punctured on both sides and ends, and placed in the pot as bait. Cat food and other baits may also be placed in bait containers and secured to the bottom of the pot between the entrance tunnels.