We are excited to be the first company to offer scheduled whale-watching tours leaving from the Lopez Islander Resort on Lopez Island. We head out from May to October in search of orca whales, gray whales and humpback whales while spotting them on over 90% of our trips. We also encounter sea lions, seals, porpoise, eagles, otters and sea birds. Since our boats are some of the fastest around, we can get to wherever the whales are and spend more time with them - we can easily go 50 miles to find whales! You will get plenty of one-on-one attention from the captain and our trained naturalists because there are never more than 26 people aboard our boats. All our vessels are custom built for whale and wildlife viewing and most have heated cabins and full restrooms. Our boats are also equipped with hydrophones so we can listen to the whales after we find them. Most tours last between 3 and 5 hours. Whale-watching trips leave most days and reservations are recommended. Combination Whale Watch and Fishing Trips are available for your group. Hourly rates apply; see the charter fishing section below or call for details.
Orca Whale and Wildlife Tour
May 20th - September 15th
Dock at the Islander Resort
Bring a coat, a camera and a snack
Charter Fishing from the Lopez Islander Resort
Outer Island Expeditions offers salmon and bottom fishing charters from the Lopez Islander resort in Fishermen's Bay on Lopez Island. We fish for Salmon, Ling Cod, Rock Fish, Halibut, Cabazon, Flounder, Greenling and many other species. We also love to go after Dungeness and Red Rock Crab. During the early spring we will drop some pots for pink and spot shrimp. Fishing Licenses are available on board the boat. Whale watching can be combined with a fishing trip for ultimate Lopez Island adventure! Six hours required for a combination whale watch and fishing trip.
Bottom Fishing Trips
Bottom fishing trips are great for fishermen of any skill level. We frequently take out first time fishermen as young as 4 and 5 years old as well as skilled 60 year old veterans. I highly recommend bottom fishing for a group considering their first fishing experience in the San Juans. Usually everyone catches fish and the techniques are easy to learn. Bottom fishing trips are available year round. Halibut and Ling Cod are open in the spring. Crabbing is from July 15th to September 30th.
We charge by the hour for all of our bottom fishing trips not by the person.
We offer trips for 1 person on up to 40 people. Large groups will require multiple boats or bareboat charter agreements.
Bottom Fishing Rates
The Triton, Directly From the Lopez Islander Resort (up to 8 fishermen)
Four Hours $850
Six Hours $1200
Eight Hours $1400
The 26ft Loki, Directly From the Lopez Islander Resort (up to 6 fishermen)
Four Hours $725.00
Six Hours $950.00
Eight Hours $1175.00
The Sun Runner from the Lopez Islander Resort (up to 4 fishermen)
Four Hours $600.00
Six Hours $750.00
Salmon Fishing Trips:
We are proud to now offer Salmon charters to those fishermen after that elusive 30 lbs King. We offer roughly 5-6 hour Salmon charters from July to October and December thru April. Blackmouth are the target of out winter fishery and during the summer we can get silver, kings and silver salmon. Salmon fishing requires a longer run to get to the best fishing locations. Sometimes we head out almost 40 miles to get to the best spots. Salmon fishing is more hit and miss than bottom fishing. The pay off is big but patience is necessary. For that reason it is not recommended for young children or for first time fishermen. During July and August advanced reservations are highly recommended.
Salmon Charter Rates:
Salmon charters rates are by the person.
Each Person is $240
We take up to 6 people per boat.
We have two boats available.
So we can take groups of up to 12 people.
The private boat rate is $1250.
We have a 24 ft and a 30 ft custom cabin cruiser that we use for salmon charters. These boats are fully equipped with downriggers, electronic. Both boats have restrooms.
Combination fishing and whale watching is possible on a private boat charter.
Fishing Season Info:
Call for information on what fish we can keep and what fish we have to release.
For a rough idea:
Shrimp and Halibut are open in May.
Ling Cod Season is May 1st to June 15th.
Salmon Season is July 1st to October 30 and then November 1st to April 30th.
Crabbing Season is July 15th to September 30th.
Bottom Fishing is open year-round.
For a portion of the season we mainly do catch and release fishing.