Washington Salmon Fishing

Washington Salmon Fishing
A trip to Washington State often includes forays to Seattle. Seattle has many urban wonders and delights and is home to a large commercial salmon fishing industry. Several species of salmon spawn in tributaries and rivers, as well as complete parts of their life cycles in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the state. Sport fishing for salmon in Washington is a popular draw for anglers from all over the country. There are several charter operations in the state that offer salmon fishing trips.

All Star Charters

All Star Charters has two Washington state locations. Seattle and Everett are the two bases of operations for the fishing and charter service. Salmon fishing trips are offered out of both locations. Salmon fishing trips head into the cold waters of Puget Sound during the salmon season. Chum, sockeye, king, silver and pink salmon can be found in the waters, and All Star guides can assist you with the proper tackle, bait and gear. All fishing gear and tackle are provided during charters. Snacks, beverages and foul-weather gear are available. Orcas and sea lions are frequently spotted during fishing charters. Smoking and filleting services can be arranged at the harbors.

All Star Charters


Eagle Point Charters

Eagle Point Charters is based out of Anacortes, north of Seattle. Salmon charters leave from the Anacortes docks and harbors and head into the San Juan Islands. All gear, tackle, bait, snacks and beverages are provided. Bring your own lunch, camera, foul-weather gear and an extra layer of clothing for cold days. Fishing licenses are available through Eagle Point for an additional $10. July through September are prime times for king, silver and pink salmon. Bald eagles, sea lions and orcas are frequently spotted in the waters of the San Juans during the fishing charters. Smoking, filleting and shipping of your catch can be arranged through Eagle Point Charters.

Eagle Point Charters
Cap Santee Harbor
Anacortes, WA 98221

West Side Guide Service

Salt and fresh water salmon fishing can be arranged with West Side Guide Service. Located in Port Angeles, salt water charters head into the cold and deep waters of the San Juans. Pink, silver and king salmon charters are best between July and September. River fishing for steelhead, coho, and king can be arranged on the Columbia River. Fishing gear, tackle and guides are provided. Snacks and drinks can be arranged through the guide service. Bring rain gear, an extra layer of clothing for cold and damp days, a camera and binoculars. All anglers need a valid Washington fishing license, which can be purchased at local sporting goods stores or through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's website.

West Side Guide Service
33 Morse Lane
Port Angeles, WA 98362


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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