Sport Fishing

Salmon, Halibut and Cod Fishing in the San Juan Islands.

Ling Cod fishing orcas Island San Juan Islands

Dec 01 – April Chinook Salmon

May 01- June 15 Ling Cod

Halibut – Limited Season Opening (call for info)

July 01 – Sep 28 Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Humpback Salmon.

Ling Cod fishing in the San Juan Islands also offers plenty of pole bending excitement. And is available all week long.

Halibut and Ling Cod are making a strong comeback in the San Juan Islands, however the season is extremely limited. So hurry to book your chance to catch a “Big Ol’Butte!”

A valid Washington state fishing license and catch record card is required. Licenses can be purchased online @  or at your closest Washington State sporting good store such as Kings Market on San Juan Island or Eastsound Sporting Goods on Orcas. Kids 15 and under do not require licenses but must have a catch record card if fishing for Salmon, Halibut or Crab.

Salmon Season opens July 01

Salmon FIshing orcas island san juan islandsJuly in the San Juans bring the Chinook run (King Salmon or Tyee). King Salmon, as the name suggests are the largest and most popular of the North West Salmon species. They can grow to 58 inches and up to 129 lbs but are most commonly between 25 and 30 lbs. The King Salmon spend an average of 3-4 years at sea before returning to there natal streams to spawn. The minimum retention size here in the San Juans is 22 inches. Daily limit is 1 plus 1 of any other salmon species.

August and September

Same as July but wild Coho and Chum Salmon must be released.

August is also very exciting on these odd years because it brings in the Pink Salmon also known as Humpy. The Humpys range from 20-30 inches and average about 12 lbs. They spend just under 2 years at sea before returning to spawn. Pink Salmon fishing here in the San Juan islands offers the most excitement one could have Salmon fishing. The locals start heating up their Humpy gear and swapping stories months before in anticipation of the excitement to come.

Orcas Island San Juan Island lincod charter fishing

“Thanks Marty!  Btw, our next charter, which we had already booked with another outfit before booking with you, wasn’t even close to as fun.  You clearly know what you’re doing which makes all the difference in the world. You should be the first option for anyone interested in catching fish on or around Orcas Island.  And, please feel free to quote me!”


Mike Springer

San Francisco, CA

All of our Charter Fishing Tours are exclusive and customized to fit your needs. Prices are for the boat with skipper and include all of your gear. There is room for up to 6 people in one group.

Travel Time
Since we are already in the San Juan islands it doesn’t take much travel time before we’re fishing – Never more that 30 minutes from Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor on San Juan. Often times we are fishing in just 10 minutes from Orcas Island. In the San Juans the most common methods of fishing are – trolling, drift fishing, mooching, casting, or bottom jigging, depending on what fish we’ll be targeting.



No extra charge for pick-ups on Orcas Island, Lopez Island or Friday Harbor. There is a $150 fee for pick-up in Roche Harbor.

What You Will Need
Dress warm and layered. It’s usually 10 degrees cooler on the water than on shore. Some snacks are a good idea, whether you are hungry or not, it’s fishing and snacking is part of the program. We carry water and limited snacks on board.

BOX LUNCHES can be provided with advance notice.

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All Bait and Tackle is Provided.
We use all top of the line Avet, Shimano, Okuma, and Lamiglass gear, and are suited for any type of fish you may find in the San Juans. We use frozen bait usually Herring or Anchovies, and a variety artificial lures. If you have an old betty that works for you, bring it along.

Dungeness Crab usually opens in July and runs through mid September and is always limited to Thursday – Monday. Please mention at the time of booking if your interested in dropping a pot or two while you are out fishing.

Trip Cancellation
Halibut fishing orcas IslandWe try to make your charter fishing experience as memorable and exciting as possible. We will not take trips out if, in the Captains opinion, the water is too rough to enjoy fishing and may cause him to become sea sick, usually due to high winds.

Rain, on the other hand, is not generally grounds for cancelling anything in the Pacific Northwest, except sun bathing.

Washington State Fish & Game regulations

Washington State Fishing License online

British Columbia Canada Saltwater Fishing License Online

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