Lingcod can be found in the Pacific from Baja, Mexico, to Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Washington State possesses many locations, including the San Juans, Puget Sound and the waters off the Olympic Peninsula, where lingcod can be found in May and June. A valid Washington fishing license is required.
Everett and Seattle
Those fishing out of Everett and Seattle for lingcod want to visit small islets and near rocky shores. Spinners used with a sinker at a depth of 40 feet or more often produces results. All Star Charters operates lingcod excursions out of both communities during May and June. All fishing gear is provided as is a crew and guide.
All Star Charters
720 Waverly Ave
Everett, WA 98201
The waters approximately three nautical miles from the Bellingham, Washington, harbor begin to yield positive results for lingcod. Heading to the smaller islands in the harbor and fishing around the rocky shores may also yield quality catches, according to the staff at H & H Anglers and Outfitters in Bellingham.
Patriot Charters operates lingcod trips during May and June. Charters depart from either Bellingham or Blaine and head into the deep, icy waters off the Olympic Peninsula. Use of fishing gear, tackle, bait, guides and crew and boat service is included with charter fees.
Bellingham or Blaine Harbors, WA
The waters around Westport, Washington, are home to lingcod. For those who don't want to venture into Pacific on the western side of the peninsula, North Bay, Gray's Harbor and Long's Bay provide access to lingcod. Heading beyond the breakers and into deep water can produce results, but be prepared for large ocean swells.
Fun Fleet Charters, which is based in Westport, takes anglers out for lingcod in May and June aboard the Zoea, a 50-foot USGC Approved Charter Vessel. An enclosed cabin gives weather protection and provides a galley and a head (toilet). Charters include all fishing gear, bait and tackle. There is a professional guide and crew included with the charter charges.
Fun Fleet Fishing Charters
PO Box 1675
Westport, WA 98595
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.