Salmon Fishing Report 7/13

Salmon Fishing Report 7/13

North side of Orcas Island and Waldron Island

We woke up to clear skies and 55 degrees in the Puget Sound area. In typical fashion, this morning’s departure from Squalicum Harbor through Bellingham Bay was very rough. Two to three foot swells pounded the boat about 500 feet outside the rock wall making for a slow 40 minute ride at low speeds across to Portage Island. Once we reached the channel between Portage Island and Lummi Island it was smooth sailing out to Orcas and Waldron Islands.

Salmon Fishing Report 7/13We started off trolling the north side of Orcas Island moving west along the beach from the Smuggler’s Villa Resort. The water was clear and glassy with slight wind gusts from the south. Many other fishing boats were in the area because of the local fishing tournament going on. Using two poles and downriggers we fished at 95 feet and 104 feet; on the 95 foot rod we had a red flasher and medium sized herring and on the 104 foot pole we fished with a green flasher with a yellow spotted Hoochie. We did this for about two hours moving with the outgoing tide down the beach to Point Doughty. We weren’t seeing any fish so when the tide started to make a drastic change we went around Point Doughty and into Presidents Channel.

North side of Orcas Island and Waldron IslandIn Presidents Channel we changed our gear and our depths a little, moving both poles so they were fishing with Hoochies. Inside pole (depth 65 feet) had a neon yellow flasher with a blue squid while the outside pole (75 feet, 10 feet off the bottom) moved to a pink flasher with a day glow white squid. Trolling at slow speeds with the tide we managed to get several hits from smaller fish that we weren’t able to keep. Presidents Channel was also very busy because of the local tournament but we didn’t see that much success from other boats. We continued fishing that stretch of Orcas into the early afternoon with no success. So, we picked up our gear and headed back into Bellingham Bay. The ride in was glassy with a slight breeze coming out the south, which was much better than our experience from the morning.

North side of Orcas Island and Waldron IslandAfter reaching the dock we spoke to a couple of local fisherman that had success that day out off Eagle Bluff and Strawberry Island. As they say, better luck next time.


Steve Chapman was born and raised in Bellingham, WA and was drawn to the outdoors from an early age. As a member of the boy scouts he learned to love camping and hiking in the local mountains, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. Steve grew up elk hunting in Eastern Washington, a family tradition carried on to this day. As an adult, he took up deer hunting, salmon fishing and crabbing. His other passion is baseball; he plays in and manages a men’s hardball team. Steve is a married father of two girls and works locally in the beverage industry as a craft beer specialist.

11 Comments
  • Lexie Lane
    July 18, 2013

    Are you kidding me?! I would LOVE to go salmon fishing! This is so great! Plus, I would take rice so I can have sushi right there! Great pics!

  • Christy Maurer
    July 18, 2013

    My son would love that trip! He loves fishing. It’s been way too hot this summer so far for him to do much of it. And I love salmon! How great would it be to eat fresh salmon!

  • Michele
    July 18, 2013

    Fishing is so not my thing! But I would love to be on a boat in that area-it looks simply amazingly beautiful!!

  • Leigh @oneandoneequalstwinfun.com
    July 18, 2013

    Love waking up at the ocean! That rod looks like it’s about to snap!!! How fun.

  • tabitha vos
    July 18, 2013

    This would be an amazing experience! I love the pics!

  • Malia
    July 18, 2013

    Great Pics! My hubby went fishing yesterday they caught a Marlin! He’d really enjoy Salmon fishing :-)

  • Elisebet F
    July 18, 2013

    Looks gorgeous out there! I haven’t been fishing in years…I never really had the patience for it, but I LOVE salmon!

  • Alaina Bullock
    July 18, 2013

    How fun! It has been a long time since I have gone fishing! I miss it! Heck, I miss being in a boat out on the water!

  • Loreina
    July 18, 2013

    That looks absolutely beautiful and so relaxing! I need to put salmon fishing on my “to do” list the next time I head to the coast!

  • Helena
    July 19, 2013

    Sounds like our last fishing venture, although definitely not on a boat, out to Strawberry Reservoir. We got a great “tip” for a really great spot. But we caught nothing. Apparently it was a bad fishing day because no one else did either! Yes, better luck next time.

  • Corinne
    July 20, 2013

    I’m so jealous! I love fishing and the scenery in the pics is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing them.