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West Beach Resort is in an area containing some of the best fishing, crabbing and SCUBA diving in the world (yes, the WORLD!). Whether you're equipped with expensive gear or just a stick, line and hook, be prepared for some great fun. Below are some of the possibilities.
Off the dock: A 60 pound lingcod was caught off the dock by a little boy trying to catch bullhead. The waters beneath the dock are filled with sea life. At night you might see small sharks and skates (some are 5 feet across!) gliding along the bottom, not to mention schools of herring, perch, and the occasional salmon. Some liken it to an aquarium. You may fish for kelp greenling and sea perch with small hooks and light gear. You may crab with pots (in season) or star traps, both available from the resort tackle shop and kiosk.
Rockfish: Rockfish, including quillback (Sebastes maliger) and copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinus), are the most common fish you will catch. Copper rockfish are characterized by brown, yellow, and white coloration. Quillback rockfish are the most abundant of the rockfishes in our area and are characterized by gray to brown mottled coloration w/ yellow on anterior portion of body. The adult size is about 18" long but have been recorded to grow as large as two feet. These fishes are usually found along kelp beds and reefs and group together in schools along the rocky substrate. They range from central California to Alaska. If you're going to fish for dinner, you will probably come home with a rockfish. Fishing rules and regulations (West Beach Resort is in marine area 7)
Check rockfish regulations as the fishery is usually closed.
Lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus): Lingcod fishing has been limited in recent years. Check the regulations each year to see when the season is open. Lingcod grow to enormous sizes - the largest we have seen caught by a guest was 68 pounds. (Unfortunately, he didn't report the fish. It would have been the world record!) The average weight is between 15 and 35 pounds. The body of the ling cod is long, with a large head with very large mouth lined with numerous long teeth. The lingcod has large pectoral fins that are used to provide itself with stability while laying in wait for prey on the bottom. The color of a lingcod varies from greenish-blue to brownish-red, with mottled darker spots and blotches. The belly is lighter colored, and the mouth area often has a bluish tint They range from southern California to Kodiak Alaska. They are usually in water over 100 feet deep, but they can also be caught in very shallow water. Lingcod are known to feed on anything that comes in its range, including shrimp, crustaceans, or fish. Lingcod mature once they reach 3 years in age, about 23 inches in length. Spawning takes place from December to March. Lingcod are found on rocky reefs, many of which are close to the resort. You should fish for lingcod at slack tide using jigs with rubber worms, herring, or any number of lures.
Yellow-eye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus): another prized catch of many West Beach fishermen, although this fishery is usually closed due to overfishing. It is sometimes mistakenly called a "red snapper." This fish averages 20 to 35 pounds, and is usually found on reefs, at depths between 250 and 400 feet. Fishing at this depth is almost impossible with monofilament fishing line, due to the amount which the line will stretch. The solution to this is to use braided Kevlar or Dacron line. These newer lines replace steel as the line of choice for yellow eyes. Yelloweye rockfish are a long-lived species and can easily reach 100 years old. They range from Baja California to Alaska. The Yelloweye is sometimes confused for a Canary Rockfish (Sebastes pinniger) which is characterized by a smaller adult size and a light-colored latoral line across its body.
Salmon: 100 years ago, salmon were so plentiful that they could be harvested by net right off of the beach at West Beach. The population has certainly diminished since then, but the path the salmon follow is still the same. Great salmon fishing can be found in the waters directly in front of the resort. Summer is the best time for chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), commonly knows as "kings." They can be upwards to 60 pounds, but most in the 20-30 pound range (largest ever recorded was 124 pounds in Alaska). Spring, summer and fall yield coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), commonly known as "silvers." Fall and winter bring the blackmouth, which is an immature king. The world record blackmouth (42 pounds) was caught in front of West Beach in the '90s. In odd-numbered years, pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), commonly known as "humpies," usually arrive in the San Juans late in August and into September on their migration route to the Frasier River. Catching a "humpie" is relatively easy, if you know where to go. The staff in our tackle store will be glad to share the latest tips with you, and get you outfitted. Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) and sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) generally don't bite on any lures you will throw at them, but they are definitely in the San Juans, especially in the summer. You will often see chum and sockeye jumping around on the surface. Don't bother trying to catch them if you spot and identify and chum or sockeye... they usually won't bite! Visit our Fishing and Techniques page for more info on salmon. Visit our Fishing
page for more info on salmon.
West Beach Resort sells and provides everything you will need to get out there and
catch that fish or crab. We have a tackle supply in the store, along with fishing
licenses, bait, poles, and traps. Don't have a boat? Rent one from our activities kiosk!