Neah Bay, Washington, is in the far northwest corner of the state and is a central and key hub for the state's halibut fishing industry. In addition to the commercial fishing industry, there is a sport-fishing and tourism-based industry, taking people out for halibut, salmon and black cod. When fishing in this area, you have several options for trips and charters. Be sure to have a valid Washington state fishing license before dropping a line in the icy depths.
Snow Creek Resort
Snow Creek Resort offers fishing vacation packages for salmon, halibut and bottom fishing. Trips offered include charter services of boat, captain and crew. Use of fishing gear and bait is included in the price.
Guides assist with the tackle and gear choice and help bring large fish onto the boat by gaffing, netting or hooking. Ice coolers keep your catch preserved until you get back where there are filet services or cleaning stations. Shipping and smoking may be arranged back at the docks. The resort features private cabins with beds, showers, kitchenettes and toilets.
Snow Creek Resort
Mile Marker 691 Hwy. 112
Neah Bay, WA 98357
Take a charter out of Neah Bay Harbor with Advantage Charters. Be prepared for an early morning and full day, as the trips depart the harbor at 5:30 a.m. If you catch a halibut, the rest of the day is spent going for alternate bottom fish, as the daily limit for halibut in 2010 is one per angler.
Fishing gear and tackle are provided for use. Guides help with bringing the large fish onto the boat and setting hooks and equipment. Smoking, filleting and shipping is arranged back in town at the harbor docks. Bring foul weather gear as the Northwest has heavy rain and clouds and wind frequently.
P.O. Box 1991
Westport, WA 98595
Jambo's Sportfishing Charters takes you out of Neah Bay and into the waters of the icy Northwest for halibut, salmon or bottom fish. Day and half-day charters are available.
Salmon fishing trips are done between early June and the end of August, with halibut or bottom-fish trips offered year-round. Use of fishing gear and tackle, bait and captain and guides are included in your charter fee. Bring warm clothing, rain gear, boots and hat and gloves as the weather can be inclement.
P.O. Box 1537
Duvall, WA 98019
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.