Talk of the Dock


The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced the 2022 Hood Canal Spot Prawn season as follows:  Opening day May 25th, followed by May 28, June 9th, June 23rd.  Shrimp pots are allowed in the water at 9am on each day and must be removed from the water by 1pm.  Additional days may be added after the close of the regular schedule.


October 2021:   Due to limited staffing our fuel dock will be open Thursday thru Monday from 10-4 beginning October 1, 2021 thru April 2022 and closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  For fueling service during the off season, come to the market for service.

2021 Hood Canal Spot Shrimp Opening Announced

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced the Hood Canal Spot Prawn openings for 2021 in Hood Canal.   Opening day will be on May 19th.  Followed by May 22nd, June 2, June 5, and June 16th. Pots can be dropped at 9am and must be pulled by 1pm on all days.   Additional days may be added after the close of this regular schedule.

WDFW has cancelled the final announced day of shrimping in Hood Canal.  July 28th was to be the final day of the 2020 season, due to quotas being caught the season has been closed early.  It was a great season by all accounts.  Weather was great and everyone seemed to limit each day.  See you all next year!

2020 SPOT PRAWN SEASON has been announced by the WDFW for Hood Canal.  June 11 will be opening day followed by June 15, 26, 28, July 15, 28.  Time of day will be 9am-1pm.  With the openings going well into summer, there will no doubt be some “dovetailing” issues with shrimpers and summer reservations.  We will do our best juggling in an effort to accommodate everyone.  Please email us if you have reservations and need to adjust or cancel your dates.

HOOD CANAL MARINA OPENING JUNE 3!  We are excited to open operations on June 3rd.  We have safeguards in place on the fuel dock to help with the health and safety of customers and employees.  When arriving at the fuel dock, please limit your passengers to no more than one in addition to the driver.  Employees will be wearing face coverings, we hope you will as well.  Credit card payments only please.  Social distancing will be practiced on the dock by employees and customers.  Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

CLOSURE UPDATE:  As we continue to follow updates on COVID-19 in Washington and around the world, along with the guidance of Governor Inslee, the CDC and WHO, we have made the difficult decision to extend the closure into May.  This of course may affect the upcoming shrimp season and your moorages.  The deposits and reservations many of you have made are safe and refundable.  If you have any questions or concerns please email  Stay tuned, stay safe and stay well!

UNCERTAIN TIMES:  In an effort to keep staff, customers and neighbors safe, Hood Canal Marina has decided to proactively close normal marina operations thru April 15, 2020.  Current moorage customers will continue to have access to their boats.  Fuel sales will be on an on-call emergency basis only, please email if you need to set up a time for fueling.   We will update this notice as more information becomes available.  Stay safe.


WDF has announced additional days for recreational shrimp season on Hood Canal.  June 21 and June 22 shrimping will be opened from 12-4.   Email or for moorage options.

2019 HOOD CANAL SPOT PRAWN season has finally been announced by WDFW. Opening day will be Saturday May 11th, followed by May 15, May 29 and June 1. Fishing times are 9am-1pm for all four days. Check the fish and wildlife website for limits and regulations. Moorage is currently full at the marina, but there is still opportunity for moorage on the Alderbook dock. Email Cindy to make reservations at

2018 HOOD CANAL SPOT PRAWN season has been announced by WDF. Opening day will be Saturday May 5 at 9am, followed by May 9, 12 and 23. Just a reminder to launch early and check the tides…or better yet, skip the ramps and have your boat already on the dock! Alderbrook Guest dock still has space available. To reserve dock space email

OK, NOW THIS IS REALLY UNPRECEDENTED! WDF has announced an additional day for the 2017 recreational shrimp season in Hood Canal for Wednesday July 19th. When is the last time you remember shrimping in July?

ONE MORE DAY! Shrimpers, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced another opening for the recreational spot prawn season for 2017 in Hood Canal. Save the date and dig your pots out for Wednesday June 14th 9-1pm.

HOOD CANAL CRAB SEASON 2017 ANNOUNCED: WSDFW has announced the 2017 crab season. It is set to open on Saturday June 24th and will be open Thursday thru Monday, no crabbing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This schedule will be in effect through the Labor Day Weekend. Check the WDFW website for details.

2017 Hood Canal Spot Prawn season is upon us. The department of Fish and Wildlife has set Saturday May 6th as opening day for the recreation season. Wednesday May 10, Wednesday May 17 and Saturday May 20 are the following openings. Pots can be set at 9am and must be out of the water by 1:00pm. Check the fish and wildlife website for the specific regulations. As usual the boat launches will be busy and parking will be at a premium. Our best advice; check the tides, start early and pack your patience! Have fun and be safe.

Fall 2016 brought a fairly decent catch for the sports fishery. With November upon us, the chum season and tribal fishery begins. Sports crabbing is open in all of Hood Canal, the catch report in lower Hood Canal has been weak. Better reports are coming in for areas north of Dewatto.

2016 Hood Canal Spot Prawn Season Announced!
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced a tentative opening for the 2016 spot prawn season in Hood Canal. The season opener is scheduled for Saturday May 14th at 9:00am. The four day season is tentatively set for May 14, 18, 28 and 30. Check the wdf website for any updated information. You can connect directly to the fish and wildlife site from our “helpful links” page. Moorages fill up quickly for the month of May. Get on our mailing list and we will send you reservation information for shrimp season as well as the summer season. Email

The fall fishing season is upon us, crabbing is open and the weather is beautiful, get out on the water!

Visit the newest addition to the Hood Canal Marina…The Union City Market! It’s new, fresh and fun! Check it out!

SHRIMP SEASON 2015 The Washington State Fish and Wildlife department has announced the openings for the 2015 Hood Canal Spot Prawn season. Opening day will be Saturday May 2 from 9am to 1pm, followed by Saturday May 9, Monday May 11 and Wednesday May 13. We still have a few moorage spaces available and are also taking moorage reservations for the Alderbrook dock. Please email for moorage information and reservations.

Hood Canal Spot Shrimp Season Openings for 2014

have been announced by the Washington State Dept of Fisheries The 2014 season opener is set for

May 3 from 9am to 1pm.  The department has announced 3 more dates as follows:

May  7, 10, 21.  Times for each day will be 9 am to 1 pm.  Call the marina office (360) 898-2252 for

moorage reservations.

Last years catch!


St. Paddle Day, Sunday March 15, 2015!  A family fun event hosted by Alderbrook Resort and Spa on Hood Canal.    All paddlers and rowers are invited to this free water oriented fun day.  Help us promote the sports of rowing and paddling and introduce lower Hood Canal as another NW paddling/rowing venue.   Bring your human powered craft, brag about it, then put it to the test in a non sanctioned 2 mile race,  Alderbrook Resort and Spa will be offering a room package as a grand prize for the overall winner!  Live music by the youth fiddling goup the C Strings, Irish beverages and food, rowing and paddling vendors instructors, authors and overall enthusiasts will be in attendance.   For more information and an informal pre-registration email Cindy at

Paddlers making the turn at Hood Canal Marina heading back to Alderbrook in the 2nd annual St. Paddle Day event held on March 16 at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa.  The day was a little wet, but the warm fire, hot corned beef, tapped Irish Ale and the music by the C strings made for a warm fuzzy after the participants finished.   We hope to have another race this fall, we’ll keep you posted.First women in an OC-1 to cross the finish line


Paddle boarding on Hood Canal

Looking good on an SUP on Hood Canal

outrigger canoerowing


Spring is on it’s way boaters….that means the 2013 Hood Canal Spot Prawn season is close and not far behind is the opening of Crab season on Hood Canal.  Typically the opening of shrimp season will open on the first Saturday in May, however, to be sure check the WDF website for confirmation of openings.  We are currently taking moorage reservations for shrimp season, crab season and summer season.

Check out just another beautiful sunset on Hood Canal from Union Washington

A winter sunset on Hood Canal, looking at the Olympic Mountains.

One of our more memorable fall seasons on Hood Canal has extended the recreational boating season for us all. As the weather changes we will move into the tribal fishing season.

The Hood Canal Crab season is in full swing. Reports from the crabbers

coming into the dock is favorable. While the catches aren’t as good as last

season, the crab are good sized and plentiful. Crabbing is allowed Thursday

thru Monday. Pots and all gear must be removed from the water before

sunset on Monday. The season will end on the Monday of Labor Day. Enjoy!