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THE WILLOWS CHARTER FISHING

Outer Island Excursions offers salmon and bottom fishing charters throughout the San Juan Islands. We fish for Salmon, Ling Cod, Rock Fish, Halibut, Cabazon, Flounder, Greenling and many other species. We also love to go after Dungeness and Red Rock Crab. During the early spring we will drop some pots for pink and spot shrimp. Whale watching can be combined with a fishing trip for the ultimate island adventure!

Call for information about what fish we can keep and what fish we have to release. For a portion of the season we mainly do catch and release fishing.

BOTTOM FISHING & CRABBING TRIPS

Bottom fishing trips are great for fishermen of any skill level. We frequently take out first time fishermen as young as 4 and 5 years old as well as skilled veterans. We highly recommend bottom fishing for a group considering their first fishing experience in the San Juans. Usually everyone catches fish and the techniques are easy to learn. Bottom fishing trips are available year round. Halibut and Ling Cod are open in the spring. Crabbing is from July 15th to September 30th.

Bottom Fishing Rates

23 ft Boat

  • “The Sun Runner”
  • Best for 2-4 fishermen
  • $550 for the first 3 hours for boat and captain
  • $125 each additional hour

26 ft boat

  • “The Loki” or “The Blackmouth”
  • Best for 4 to 6 fishermen
  • $700 for the first 3 hours for boat and captain
  • $175 each additional hour

30 ft Boat

  • “The Triton”
  • Best for 6 to 8 fishermen
  • $925 for the first 3 hours for boat and captain
  • $250 each additional hour

38 ft Boat

  • “Blackfish II” or “Blackfish III”
  • Best for up to 14 fishermen
  • $2100 for the first 3 hours for boat and captain
  • $550 each additional hour
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SALMON FISHING TRIPS

We are proud to now offer Salmon charters to those fishermen after that elusive 30 lbs King. We offer roughly 5-6 hour Salmon charters from July to October and December to April. Blackmouth are the target for winter fishing and during the summer we can get silver, kings and pink salmon. Salmon fishing requires a longer run to get to the best fishing locations. Sometimes we head out almost 40 miles to get to the best spots. Salmon fishing is more hit and miss than bottom fishing. The pay off can be big but patience is necessary. For that reason it is not recommended for young children or for first time fishermen. During July and August advanced reservations are highly recommended. If fishing regulations prohibit targeting salmon, we will fish for whatever is open which may include Spot Prawn, Dungeness crab, cabezon, flounder, kelp greenling and more. We will take full advantage of whatever regulations will allow.

We have two 26ft custom vessels that we use for salmon charters. These boats are fully equipped with electronic downriggers. Both boats have restrooms and a 3/4 cabin enclosure.To learn more check out Our Vessels page for “the Loki” and “the Blackmouth”

Salmon Private Charter Rates:

  • Salmon Private Charter rates are a flat rate per boat
  • $1000 per boat
  • up to 6 people for 5-6 hours
  • You may charter both boats to take up to 12 people
  • Captains will clean any fish you catch!

2016 Salmon fishing regulations have not been determined. Tour activities will be dependent on State and Federal Law. Our current booking guidelines are based on previous seasons. Generally salmon fishing is open July 1st – October 31st. Rules may be changed. Fishing activities on charters will be dictated by current rules at the time of the charter.

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Tips & General Information

The best fishing trips are well planned trips

We charge by the hour for all of our bottom fishing trips not by the person

Minimum 3 hours

You may bring along any food or beverages you desire including alcohol

We offer trips for 1 person on up to 40 people

Fishing Licenses are available aboard the boat for US waters

All gear is provided

If you catch fish you can keep your Captain will clean them for you

Bareboat charters are also available

GENERAL INFO:

Seasons may be subject to change by the Fish and Wildlife Department: contact our office for more specific details.

  • Shrimp and Halibut are open in May
  • Ling Cod Season is May 1st – June 15th
  • Salmon Season is July 1st – October 30 and November 1st – April 30th
  • Crabbing Season is July 15th – September 30th
  • Bottom Fishing is open year-round
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At the Willows Inn we meet right on the beach. Wait at the beach and prepare for a thrill as the boat arrives charging up on the sandy shore! Due to the inherent nature of beach landings, tours departing from the Willows must take place in calm weather. We recommend close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting a little sandy or wet.

Outer Island Excursions can start your charter from anywhere in the region including Lopez, San Juan, Shaw, Blakely, Lummi Island, Anacortes, Bellingham and most anywhere else you might be in the San Juan Islands. Please check our location pages for more information for your area.

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THE WILLOWS ACTIVITIES

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WHALE WATCHING

Orcas, humpbacks, grays, minkes, porpoises, and more amazing wildlife can be found on a scheduled afternoon tour or sunset cruise. Learn more here…

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PRIVATE CHARTERS

Customize your experience with whale watching, fishing, island hopping, lighthouse tours, birdwatching, fine dining, or a combination of activities. Learn more here…

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BIRD WATCHING

Join us on a quest for Bald Eagles, Black Oystercatchers, Rhinoceros Auklets, and more as we search through some of the less travelled waters of the region. Learn more here…

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LIGHT HOUSE TOURS

Explore the history of the region at Patos Island Light, Turn Point Light, Lime Kiln Lighthouse and more. See them from the sea and check them out up close! Learn more here…

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WATER TAXI

Want to explore islands where the State Ferries don’t go? Get off the beaten path anywhere in the San Juans with a water taxi. Even land on a remote beach! Learn more here…