Halibut Fishing in Washington

Halibut Fishing in Washington
Washington has hundreds of miles of Pacific coastline. The waters of Puget Sound hold many species of sport fish, including the flat, bottom-dwelling halibut. Halibut is a popular sport fish for anglers and is a staple for the commercial fishing industry of the Pacific Northwest. Charters and guides help anglers find and land this cousin of the flounder.

Westport Charters

Westport Charters plies the deep and cold waters of Puget Sound. Halibut trips typically begin in early May. Expect to be out in rough waters, as the fishing is at depths of nearly 600 feet and the boat travels about 30 miles from the harbor. Expect a physical challenge when reeling in a halibut from the bottom of the icy depths. A valid Washington fishing license is required and Westport Charters can assist in obtaining one. Fishing gear and tackle, foul-weather gear, guides and an iced cooler for lunch and halibut catch are provided. Westport recommends you bring a camera, an extra layer for cold weather, lunch and a hat.

Westport Charters
2411 Westhaven Drive
Westport, WA 98595

All-Ways Fishing

All-Ways Fishing offers halibut charters in the waters around the San Juan Islands and Olympic Peninsula. Charters include the boat service, guides and all fishing gear and tackle. Filet and bagging can be arranged. Bring your own foul-weather gear and rubber boots, hat, camera, motion sickness meds and hats. A valid Washington fishing license is needed and can be purchased at local sporting goods stores. Halibut fishing is a physical challenge, so be prepared to struggle and strain when pulling a fish from the deep waters. Keep an eye out for orcas, eagles, sea lions and sea birds when fishing the waters off the Washington coast.

All-Ways Fishing
P.O. Box 184
Forks, WA 98331

Sea Breeze Charters

Sea Breeze Charters operates out of Ilwaco and heads into the waters of the Olympic Peninsula, Straights of Juan De Fuca and the San Juan Islands. Halibut charters include all fishing gear, tackle, guides, boat service and hot coffee. You should bring foul-weather gear, warm layers, hats, cameras and motion sickness pills, if needed. A valid Washington fishing license is required of all anglers. Sea Breeze can assist with obtaining fishing licenses. Smoking, filleting, freezing and shipping of your catch can be arranged with Sea Breeze or through the private individuals doing filets at the harbor. Watch for marine wildlife when out on the waters around the peninsula.

Sea Breeze Charters
P.O. Box 303
Ilwaco, WA 98624

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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