Fishing the San Juan islands

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  1. DeepBlueWater

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    I may be working in the Anacortes area for a while and it would make sense to haul my boat up from Southern California. For the local members can you please give me an overview of what it's like to fish around the San Juan islands? Is the bottom rock or sand? Is it possible to fish year round assuming it's not a howling gale?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Captain Decent

    Captain Decent I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Mostly rocky in the San Juan’s and sandy closer to Anacortes and the bays around there.

    it’s got a good mix of protected and open waters so you generally can fish any time of the year. But if the whales show up you are an asshole and must get out of their way while remaining in the fetal position.

    there is great lingcod fishing in May/June an abundance of other bottom fish that are largely protected and salmon fishing can be good at any time of the year but takes some time to learn the fishery.
     
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  3. troller w

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    I won’t start lashing you for that question but I feel that the lashing’s are coming. Anyway the best way to just learn the basics is hire a guide first time out. I know a few but I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes that may advertise on BD but I’m sure the brother hood will suggest guides.
     
  4. DeepBlueWater

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    Never thought about the whales; do they travel between the islands or stay out in the Juan de Fuca Strait?

    A guide seems like a good way to start. All in all sounds pretty cool.
     
  5. Siv

    Siv I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Your boat is more than capable of the fishery but like the guys have said the recent issues with Orcas are complicating the seasons. The whales can be found all through the islands, not just the straights, when there is food for them. Totally agree to get with a guide to learn. It is complex place to fish and the locals are famously tight lipped.

    There are also opportunities for shrimp and crab.

    Beautiful country, some of the best saltwater boating in the world.
     
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  6. DeepBlueWater

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    Siv,
    I agree, the boating looks fantastic and from what I'd read, a great cross-section of fish and crab.

    Not sure what you meant by recent issues with Orcas, I didn't see anything online, only tours to go watch 'em.
     
  7. dragonballs

    dragonballs I'm off probation

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    Henry there’s great fishing opportunity in the San Juan’s. You’ll get a lot of guys on here with specifics and depths
     
  8. Fog Ducker!

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    The Governor put together a task force with 4 fishermen and 50 watermelons. They have put into effect several changes. Download and read the regs before you get here. Great fodder for the shithouse!
    You will need a descender device ready to be deployed to fish here. PM me when you arrive.

    A good way to find crowded places is to pick up John Martinez's book Saltwater Fishing Journal can be had a John's sporting goods in Everett, or off his website https://johnssportinggoods.com/

    SJ's are a great way to spend all you spare time on the water!

    Ducker!
    ps. beware of short female sasquatch's, I hear they bite!
     
  9. Grady226

    Grady226 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Join the local Puget Sound Anglers Club.....PSA Fidalgo.
    A great group of guys and Chris Long of Jolly Mon Charters is the President.
     
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  10. sgwill122

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    San Juan’s are awesome for saltwater boating. Fishing can be good when you are allowed to fish which is less and less recently. All rockfish are off limits, but we do have excellent sand dab fishery and a 6 week ling season but is restricted to a max of 120ft. Salmon season is unpredictable, we lost all of August this year. I would want my boat if I was living in the area. Make your way to the coast for some great ling/Hali/rock fishing in May.
     
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  11. Hard Chargin'

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    If there's water it's worth bringing the boat!

    Seriously though. Bring your passport too I was looking at Canadian regs yesterday, seems worth it to me.
     
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  12. frozenherring

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    Don’t let anyone on here discourage you from bringing your boat up here. A booze cruise through the islands and a ribeye w/scallop potatoes in front of a real fire at mcmillans in Roche Harbor Would make it worth the shipping in my book
     
  13. FVSerenity

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    Bring your boat, buy some tuna gear, never go back
     
  14. Hard Chargin'

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    He's from Newport... He probably ONLY has tuna gear.
     
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    Siv I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Just google southern resident orcas for details about the issues. Also learn about downrigger salmon trolling , that is pretty much all they do in the islands.
     
  16. DeepBlueWater

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    I am from Newport and frequently go to Catalina for halibut (the So Cal ones), white sea bass and yellowtail. Haven't caught a tuna yet as I've only had the boat for a year and a half and I'm new to fishing.

    Between exploring various channels, sightseeing, fishing, learning how to catch crab and maybe venturing over to Canada, it all sounds great and I'd be humbled just to be able to experience your area.

    Thank you all for your help, if it works out I'll join the Puget Sound club.
     
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    Just cruising the San Juans is worth bringing the boat. Plenty of camping opportunities.
     
  18. Mpizzle

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    I've heard there is like this whole other country really close to there or something where the fishing is like pretty good and stuff... I don't know, probably just a rumor.
     
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    When you get up here there are endless resources for Intel for the asking. Just keep the specifics off the www and you'll be fine
     
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    Yeah but the license for a non resident is like $80.....oh wait......
     
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