Recreational Activities

Fishing Information


Whatcom County

Cain Lake

Rainbow trout, large-mouth bass and yellow perch. Planted with trout mid-April. Open season runs from last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Located 9 miles SE of Bellingham. Boat launch at south end. Acres: 72

Fazon Lake

Largemouth bass, bluegill, cutthroat and tiger muskies. Limits apply, check regulations. Open all year, but floating devices prohibited Oct. 7-Jan 15. Located 1 mile NW of Goshen. Boat launch. Acres: 32

Padden Lake

Rainbow, kokanee and cutthroat trout. Planted mid-April. Good shore access and boat launch. No gas motors. Season runs last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Located in Bellingham at Lake. Acres: 152

Samish Lake – Padden Park

Kokanee, largemouth bass, perch and cutthroat. Check regulations. Year-around with best fishing early June and Sept. Boat launch on east side and county park with a dock on north end. Located 6 miles south of Bellingham. Acres: 814

Silver Lake

Rainbow and cutthroat trout. Planted early April. Season runs last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Boat launch, boat rentals, camping and rustic cabins. Located in a county park up Mt. Baker Hwy, 3 miles north of Maple Falls. Acres: 173

Squalicum Lake

Cutthroat, Brown trout and Triploid Rainbows at this fly-fishing-only lake. Walk-in access. Year-around. Located 6 miles NE of Bellingham off Mt. Baker Hwy. Acres: 33

Terrell Lake

Warm water species: largenouth bass, yellow perch, bullhead catfish, triploid rainbows and cutthroat trout. Dock and boat launch on west shore. Open year-around. Floating devices prohibited Oct. 7-Jan 15. Located 5 miles W of Ferndale. Acres: 438

Toad Lake

Trout and kokanee. Planted mid-April. Boat launch on west end. Season runs last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Located 5 miles NE of Bellingham. Acres: 29

Whatcom Lake

Kokanee, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and yellow perch. Some limits and area closures--check regulations. Boat launch at north and south end. City Park at north end. Season runs from last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Large lake located at east edge of Bellingham. Acres: 5,003

Wiser Lake

Largemouth bass, brown bullheads, cutthroat trout and pumpkinseed sunfish. Year-around season. Boat launch. Located 3 miles SW of Lynden. Access via Highway 20. Acres: 23

Skagit County

Nooksack River

Varies for area of river, and forks of river. Coho, chinook, chum, and pink (odd years) salmon. Winter steelhead and sea-run cutthroat. Check current regulations.

Skagit River

(Contact the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce for Skagit River fishing)

Out Side of Area

Baker Lake

(Reservoir) (3,616 acres)

Diablo Lake

(910) acres

Gorge Lake

(210 acres)

Ross Lake

(11,674 acres) (Boat launch at north end of lake in British Columbia)



Whatcom County

Jim’s Salmon Charter

Jim’s Salmon Charter, operating from the Blaine Harbor since 1968, offers excursions aboard a fully equipped 24-foot boat. Licensed owner/operator, Jim Jorgenen, can accommodate up to six people. 4434 Boblett Rd. Blaine, WA 98230, (360) 332-6724,

A Trophy ChartersM

Located in Friday Harbor ~ San Juan Island. Captain Monty of the San Juan Islands offers 1/2 day to 2 day fishing trips aboard a 29' Sport Fisher--featuring the latest electronic gear including an underwater video camera. Other services offered are wildlife cruises, bare boat sailing, water-taxi service and custom charter packages. P.O. Box 2444, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, (360) 378-2110,

Skagit County

Catchmore Charters

Guided Sport Fishing Trips in the San Juan Islands, from Anacortes, Washington. When you book a San Juan Islands sport fishing trip with Catchmore you'll be fishing with Jim Aggergaard or his son Jim Jr. Both men are among the best fishing guides in the San Juans. You will be in good hands from your first cup of coffee to the final handshake. Both guides hold master captain's licenses and are top tournament fishermen. Jim Sr. served over 30 years as a Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer for Washington State. Jim Jr. has placed in or won nearly every local sport fishing tournament. He fishes whenever he gets the chance, either privately or for Catchmore Charters. For more information, please visit: or call (360) 293-7093

Fish Tales Charters

Anacortes, (360) 293-5766

Flashback Charters

Anacortes, (360) 293-1125

Highliner Charters – Anacortes

Catching Salmon, Halibut, and a wide variety of bottom fish in the San Juans. See Whales, seals and beautiful scenery. Boat & Yacht Charters Rental & Leasing, Fishing Guides & Charters, Hunting Guides. Salmon & Bottom Fish Year Round, Stop Wishin' & Go Fishin'!, Captain Steve Kidder, Over 30 Years' Experience. For more information, please call: (260) 293-3072

Kulshan River Excursions

Trout fishing on local rivers, including cutthroat and steelhead. Skagit County. Guided sport fishing and saltwater charters for Southeast Alaska and Washington State. Drift mooch for trophy salmon and halibut near Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska, or catch a trophy salmon or steelhead on one of Washington State's premier rivers. For more information, please call 360-676-1321, P.O. Box 1313, Bellingham, Washington, 98227.

Sea Hawk Salmon Charters

Sea Hawk Salmon Charters is a year round charter, taking advantage of every fishing opportunity each season has to offer. Starting in the winter months (November through March) he is fishing the winter Blackmouth, (immature Chinook) which weigh between 6lbs. and 20lbs. Spring and summer (April through August) brings the migrating King salmon into the San Juan areas on their way to the local rivers in Western Washington and southern BC. They range from 12 lbs. to 35 lbs. with the odd fish in the 40's. Once you've caught a King you'll always be back! Late summer and fall (August through October) brings the migrating Silver salmon (Coho) and, during the odd years, large runs of Pink salmon (Humpies). These fish can account for some of the fastest fishing action the Islands have to offer. For more information, please call (360) 424-1350, 1620 So 15th St Mount Vernon, WA 98274, or visit:

San Juan County

A Trophy Charters in Friday Harbor

Fishing and/or whale watching tours. Captain Monty of the San Juan Islands offers 1/2 day to 2 day fishing trips aboard a 29' Sport Fisher--featuring the latest electronic gear including an underwater video camera. Other services offered are wildlife cruises, bare boat sailing, water-taxi service and custom charter packages. For more information, please call Captain Monty Runge at: (360) 378-2110 or visit: P.O. Box 2444, Dock #2, Spring Street Landing, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

San Juan Island Marine Center

SJI Marine offers a variety of activities to get visitors out onto the water. Rent family-safe Hobie pedal kayaks, small boats, electric powered dinghies, or radio control tugboats. Explore the Port, Brown Island, and the protected harbor from the water, or take a short ride to the Turn Island State Park for a hike and a picnic, or go fishing or crabbing. SJI Marine also provides yacht brokerage and marine repair services at our slips on the Fuel Pier. Call us, or stop by our store to find out about our newest activities. For more information, please call Mike & Janice Close at 360-378-6202; visit: or email: #4 Front Street, Suite "C" Friday Harbor, WA 98250. San Juan Island Marine Center – in Spring Street Landing, on the waterfront in Friday Harbor

North Short Charters

Whether you are visiting to the Pacific Northwest or a local resident let Captain Marty Mead be your guide on an unforgettable adventure where you will discover the many treasures of the San Juan Islands. Our service blends a personal knowledge of this incredible ecosystem and your trip goals to make yours a truly memorable experience. PO Box 316, Eastsound, WA 98245. For more information, please call Captain Marty Mead at: 360-376-4855 or visit:


Fishing Hotline

For licenses or other information, (360) 902-2500.

H & H Anglers & Outfitters

For tackle, licenses or other information, 814 Dupont St., Bellingham, WA 98225, (360) 733-2050.

Yeager’s Sporting Goods

For tackle, licenses or other information, 3101 Northwest Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225, (360) 733-1080.

WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

For tackle, licenses or other information, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia WA 98501, (360) 902-2700 or visit:

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