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Outer Island Excursions offers salmon and bottom fishing charters throughout the San Juan Islands and Anacortes. 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. Anacortes whale watching can be combined with an Anacortes fishing trip for the ultimate Island adventure!

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


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 Anacortes 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.

Anacortes Fishing – Bottom Fish Rates

  • 26 ft Anacortes Charter Fishing Boat
  • “The Loki” or “The Blackmouth”
  • Best for 4 to 6 fishermen
  • $800 for the first 3 hours for an Anacortes fishing charter and captain
  • $200 each additional hour

30 ft Anacortes Charter Boat

  • “The Triton”
  • Best for 6 to 8 fishermen
  • $1,100 for the first 3 hours for an Anacortes fishing charter and captain
  • $300 each additional hour

38 ft Anacortes Charter Boat

    • “Blackfish III”
    • Best for up to 14 fishermen
    • $2000 for the first 3 hours for Anacortes fishing boat and captain
  • $550 each additional hour


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

We are proud to now offer Anacortes fishing charters for salmon to those fishermen after that elusive 30 lbs King. We offer roughly 5-6 hour Anacotes charter fishing boats from July to October and December to April. Blackmouth are the target for winter Anacortes fishing and silver, kings and pink salmon during the summer Anacortes fishing season. Anacortes fishing for Salmon requires a longer run to get to the best Anacortes 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.

Anacortes Charter Fishing – Salmon Group Charter Rates

    • Salmon Group Charter rates are by the person
    • $240 per person
    • up to 6 people per Anacortes charter boat
    • charters are 5-6 hours
    • Captains will clean any fish you catch!

Salmon Private Charter Rates:

    • Salmon Private Charter rates are a flat rate per boat
    • $1,100 per Anacortes charter 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.

Anacortes Fishing Charter 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


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

No Ferry required! On the mainland in Anacortes we meet at 2201 Skyline Way in Skyline Marina just past the Skyline Marine Center. Parking is available anywhere along the street for free or in paid parking lots across the street. Meet your Captain at the truck painted with Orca Whale murals and a conspicuous sign.

Outer Island Excursions can start your Anacortes fishing 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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