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Anglers go fishing around Whidbey Island to cast their lines in some of the best spots in the Pacific Northwest. Located just 30 miles north of Seattle, the island has all the perks of Puget Sound, without the crowds. Lots of species targeted in this area are considered delicacies, which makes local captains’ “keep the catch” policy more exciting.
 
Salmon is on every angler’s wishlist and you can choose between Chinook, Coho, Pink, and Chum Salmon while fishing here. Each species has its own peak season, but all of them overlap in September. You can catch Salmon using various techniques – trolling, mooching, jigging, and fly fishing. Even if you only target Salmon, you’ll have the chance to learn many methods.
 
Lingcod, Flounder, and Rockfish are the usual bottom fishing targets. As a bonus, some guides add crabbing to the mix or take you to harvest Oysters and Clams. For these treats, summer is the best time to visit. 
 
Most fishing guides in the area offer both private and shared trips. This means that you don’t have to miss out on an adventure just because your friends are busy! Gear is usually provided, you just need to pick up a WA fishing license ahead of time.
 
Trips in the area usually leave from Whidbey Island, Seattle, or Edmonds. Trips out of Edmonds will give you quicker access to the fishing grounds if you want to keep your time on the water short. 
 
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January
The beginning of the year is all about Chinook Salmon. In January, Puget Sound is full of immature Chinooks, known as Blackmouths. 
 
February
In February, it’s best to troll for Coho and Chinook Salmon. If you want to try something unusual, target Squids at night.
 
March
In March, fishing for Coho is better than going after Chinook. You can catch some Flounder but this is a slow month in general.
 
April
April kicks-off the bottom fishing season but there’s still not a lot of action. You’ll have the most success by going after Flounder.
 
May
Lingcod fishing explodes in May! With Flounder stock also being very high, this is a great time for bottom fishing.
 
June
Go bottom fishing for Cabezon. This unusual, big-headed fish is probably like nothing you’ve seen so far.
 
July
Salmon season is about to kick-off, so make sure to book your spot on time. On top of that, crabbing is great.
 
August
Salmon season is at its finest! Whether you troll for Chinook, Coho, Pink, or Chum, you’ll have a great time!
 
September
Catch a few Salmon and top it all off with some Crabs. Cook them at the beach and enjoy this delicacy even more.
 
October
Trolling for Coho is still great but other Salmon species are harder to find. If you miss bottom fishing, go after Flounder.
 
November
Chinook fishing is good in the southern part of Puget Sound. Coho Salmon are also possible on your trip but there aren’t that many of them.
 
December
Immature Chinook, also called Blackmouth, is the best target in December. For all bottom fishing enthusiasts, there’s always Flounder.
 

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This is very convenient for those living in the Seattle-area, especially during the Coho run. Not even 10 minutes of sailing and you are on the fish. Very much worth it.
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This is very convenient for those living in the Seattle-area, especially during the Coho run. Not even 10 minutes of sailing and you are on the fish. Very much worth it.
Christopher  M.
Christopher M. Tacoma, WA

Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Had the best experience with cut plug! Great experience, great captain, great equipment and environment. I would definitely do it again
Kyra  E.
Kyra E. Saint CLR SHORES, MI
Big King Salmon Charters
Big King Salmon Charters
Fishing charter in Edmonds
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 77 reviews
This was so much fun! I took my son as a birthday gift. It was end of the season so we weren’t expecting much, but thanks to Captain Chris’ experience we ended with 3 gorgeous Coho Salmon. Chris was very knowledgeable and my son had a wonderful day!
Marlena  V.
Marlena V. Poulsbo, Washington
Big King Salmon Charters
Big King Salmon Charters
Fishing charter in Edmonds
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 77 reviews
Took my family out for a end of summer fishing trip. The boat was comfortable and the captain was nice, informative and helpful.
Diana  M.
Diana M. Edgewood, WA
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Bremerton
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Expect the unexpected . We were fortune to fish 3 Coho and saw the two killer whales right in front of the boat!
Brian  C.
Brian C. Seattle, WA
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Second time we went out using Cut Plug Charters and with Captain Kyle, taking some clients out. Excellent experience all around, I know the group had fun and it was an enjoyable experience. Some good catches!
Alexander  L.
Alexander L. Tacoma, WA
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Justin put our party of three on coho salmon and within 45 minutes we had our first. In 2 hrs we reached our limit thanks to the knowledge and expertise of Justin. First time and it was awesome.
SABRINA  L.
SABRINA L. Little Rock, AR
Wind Knot Salmon Guides
Wind Knot Salmon Guides
Fishing charter in Seattle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 69 reviews
David was great, we asked to catch fish and he made it happen. We all landed our Salmon limit in just a few hours. David was a patient mentor and a generally fun guy. We couldn't have asked for a better day.
Jack  R.
Jack R. Bellingham, Washington
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Bremerton
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
From beginning to end, our guide Matt treated us like good friends who have known each other for a long time! Each of us walked away with joy of a day on the water with a new found friend.
Kevin  F.
Kevin F. Tacoma, WA
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
The captain rocked! He hooked us up with knowledge and fish. He played in with my group in the teasing and helped with the techniques of fishing. I loved him and our experience. Will definately go with him again!
Patti  K.
Patti K. Seattle, WA
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Captain Kyle was able to find fish in every spot we tried. He’s was a very good instructor and we were able to catch a variety of fish during our short outing. It was a blast and I would recommend them to anyone.
Michael  W.
Michael W. Saginaw, TX
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Bremerton
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 50 reviews
In time of Covid, Wish I'd asked ahead if Capt.and all were vaccinated. Working w/public, it's respectable for all involved. Glad we had lot's of fresh air! Mat did a great job on board in rough H20 & cleaning our fish:)
Jane  D.
Jane D. Kirkland, WA
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Bremerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Amazing time! If you are thinking about booking a fishing trip near Seattle look no further! Such a great time, Captain Matt knows the best fishing spots. He won’t let you down!
Omar  L.
Omar L. Houston, TX
Wind Knot Salmon Guides
Wind Knot Salmon Guides
Fishing charter in Seattle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 69 reviews
Captain Dave was very knowledgeable and friendly. He had an answer to pretty much every question we asked. We appreciated his shared love for the outdoors and proper handling of fish. Would do again.
Mark  R.
Mark R. Penfield, NY
Big King Salmon Charters
Big King Salmon Charters
Fishing charter in Edmonds
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 77 reviews
Chris is a honest guy that will take you to the fish. He won't promise fish, as any good fisherman should, but he delivered. Even circled back the same spot and we landed 2 more after the first. Even if we had been skunked it was a pleasant time and Chris is great company. Highly recommend this charter!
Grant  H.
Grant H. Baring, WA
Big King Salmon Charters
Big King Salmon Charters
Fishing charter in Edmonds
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 77 reviews
Captain Chris was very patient with us as first time salmon fishermen. He put us in position to catch 4 fish!
David  W.
David W. Sultan, WA
Wind Knot Salmon Guides
Wind Knot Salmon Guides
Fishing charter in Seattle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 69 reviews
Had a great trip. When the captain advises dress in layers because it could be chilly! Listen.
Ronald  H.
Ronald H. Murfreesboro, TN
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Bremerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
My wife, nephew, and I had a fantastic day out in the water with Captain Matt. He was great company and a wonderful person to meet….we hope to do this again soon!
Matt  I.
Matt I. Tacoma, WA
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Messin' Around Fishing Charter
Fishing charter in Bremerton
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 50 reviews
Make sure you bring a cooler to put all the fish you catch in, but not any bananas. Captain Matt was warm ,knowledgeable and patient with these greenhorns on his boat. We would’ve been happy even if we didn’t catch all the fish that we did. We think him for providing my family such wonderful memories
Dean  B.
Dean B. Tacoma, WA
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Had an amazing time with my family. Caught lots of fish. Will be a day that lasts a lifetime! Thanks so much!!
Rocky  L.
Rocky L. Maple Valley, WA
Cut Plug Charters
Cut Plug Charters
Fishing charter in Seattle
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 76 reviews
Great time had by everyone. Captain Kyle was a good instructor and found us a few good spots for salmon.
Laurie  M.
Laurie M. Roy, WA

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Whidbey Island

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Whidbey Island costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $913, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,054. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in Whidbey Island is 25 ft and the most common vessel type is a Saltwater fishing.

According to customer reviews, Wind Knot Salmon Guides, Cut Plug Charters, and Pugetsound Sportsfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Whidbey Island. Full list of top fishing charters in Whidbey Island.

Wind Knot Salmon Guides, Cut Plug Charters, and Pugetsound Sportsfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Whidbey Island.

The best way to experience fishing in Whidbey Island is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Whidbey Island.

The most popular fish species you can target are Salmon (Chinook), Salmon (Coho), and Lingcod. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and trolling. Nearshore fishing, inshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Immature Chinook, also called Blackmouth, is the best target in December. For all bottom fishing enthusiasts, there’s always Flounder.   Check availability for local fishing charters in Whidbey Island.