Anacortes has numerous marinas for locals and visitor usage. The Cap Sante Marina is owned by the Port of Anacortes and has earned many awards for its beautiful facilities – amenities include fuel, bathrooms, laundry facilities, and launch capabilities. The Anacortes Marina is a privately-owned condominium facility with covered and open rental slips, located on the east side of Anacortes. No transient moorage is available and slips are available by annual lease only. The Skyline Marina is on the west side of Fidalgo island, with moorage, storage, launching facilities and fuel. Permanent and transient moorage are both available; Floats, with 20 and 30 ampere power and water accommodate vessels to 100′.
Charter a boat and go fishing – summer or winter! “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing,” says Captain Brett Rosson. Rosson, of Highliner Charters, is one of a handful of Anacortes charter fishermen who will tell you that some of the best fishing happens during the winter months, and that some of the best fishing in the Pacific Northwest is just off the shores of Fidalgo Island. “A lot of people are surprised to learn we offer year-round fishing,” Rosson says. “Truth is, a good winter day can be clear and calm. And on a good day in January or February, our boat will bring home up to four Blackmouths (juvenile King salmon), in the 7- to 12-pound range.”
Jolly Mon Charters, R&R charters and Catch More Charters are available at the local marinas on the Island. Once aboard the boat you’re just a short distance to Rosario Strait and the San Juan Islands. Clients are asked to show up at the marina with food, drink—and warm clothing, including rain gear and soft-soled shoes. Forgot some gear? Need a meal for the boat? No worries! It’s available for purchase in Anacortes. Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen—even in winter. The rest – boat, tackle, equipment, and any needed expertise – come with the charter package.
A single-day fishing license is required for every onboard passenger age 15 or older; state fishing licenses, good for the year, can be purchased at Ace Hardware in Anacortes.
Fish or no, fall and winter charters include memorable water and island vistas and wildlife sightings: seals, sea lions, harbor porpoises, bald eagles and other raptors, and a huge variety of sea birds are common. Bringing along your camera, binoculars, and a good bird ID book can add greatly to time on the water—and stories to tell at the end of the day.
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