Fishing On San Juan Island

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Fishing On San Juan Island

Our most recent fishing info can be found in this interview with local saltwater and freshwater fishing expert Marty Mead of North Shore Charters. There are two parts... 1) Self Guided Fishing Advice and 2) All you wanted to know about Fishing Charters in the San Juan Islands.

Faq's About Salt Water Fishing:

Question: When is the best time of year to fish San Juan Island?

Answer: Sport fishing is available all year round in the San Juan's but the most species are available for catch in July through November. Click here for detailed info about what's available for sport fishing and what time of year to catch. Provided by Trophy Charters.

Question: What type of fish can I expect to catch?

Answer: Salmon, Rock Cod, Ling Cod, Halibut, Shark, Red Snapper, Steelhead, Sturgeon and more.

Fishing charter outfitters servicing San Juan Island:

Question: Do I have to be an experienced fisherman to fish the area?

Answer: It depends on whether or not you want to have a fishing trip chartered or rent a boat. Charter services will take care of all the work when fishing but if you rent a boat yourself then experience on the ocean is a must.

Question: Do I need a fishing license to salt water fish?

Answer: Yes, you can pick one up at Ace Hardware or Kings Marine. Both located in downtown Friday Harbor. Or you can purchase one online at the Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife.

Faq's About Freshwater Fishing on San Juan Island:

Question: Where can I go fresh water fishing on San Juan Island?


Egg Lake: Located on the northeast end of San Juan Island. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass and rainbow trout, with good rainbow fishing in April and May.

Sportsman's Lake: A 66 acre lake located 3 miles northwest of Friday Harbor on Roche Harbor Road.

San Juan Lake Resorts: Lakedale Resort Located off Roche Harbor Road about four miles out of Friday Harbor. They offer camping, fishing, cabin rentals, swimming, and more.

Further Info: Salmon University Two salmon fishing experts insight on salmon fishing off San Juan Island.

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