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Marine Area 7
San Juan Islands

Marine Area 7 consists of marine waters south of the Canadian border that contains the San Juan Islands and Bellingham Bay area. This area provides some very scenic fishing opportunities during the summer on bottomfish and returning Chinook, sockeye, and pink salmon to Puget Sound and the Fraser River. When the weather cooperates during the winter, some excellent blackmouth fishing is possible. During odd years, a an additional two pink salmon can be kept which will make the trip much more worthwhile for kids and other new anglers to bring home a few fish for the grill. Consider trying to catch a few tasty sockeye during July and August that are returning to the Fraser River.

More information for fishing opportunities can be found at:

2014-15 Puget Sound Fishing Prospects

A large run of Fraser River sockeye are forecasted to return this year which has provided the opportunity to harvest two additional sockeye during July and August. More information can be found at:

Marine Areas 5, 6, and 7 Sockeye Fishing Techniques


Fishing Prospects Calendar

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
CabezonNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo Opportunity
Chinook salmonFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo OpportunityFair fishing - All month
GreenlingPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All month
LingcodNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - 1st half of monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Pacific HalibutNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - 1st half of monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Pink SalmonPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityPoor fishing - All month
Sockeye salmonPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityPoor fishing - All month
LEGEND
Fishing Expectation

Excellent

Excellent Good Good Fair Fair Poor Poor
Type of Opportunity Full Month Full month 1st half of month only 1st half only 2nd half of month only 2nd half only No opportunity No opportunity

Species you might catch

Chum salmon
Coastal cutthroat
Coho salmon
Dungeness crab
Flatfish
Green sturgeon
Pacific coast (california market) squid
Pacific Oyster
Red rock crab
Shiner perch
Spot Shrimp
Steelhead
Surf Perch
Surf Smelt

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

Emergency Rule Updates
Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.


Access Sites / Boat Launches

Public Fishing Piers