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Fidalgo Bay

Skagit County, Washington.

Fidalgo Bay ends in Anacortes, Washington.

7 feet (2 meters)

4652932.46 miles (7488171.26 sq kilometers)

About The Fidalgo Bay

Fidalgo Bay is a Bay located in Skagit County, WA. Starting in the Fidalgo Bay has a total surface area of 2891197.9 miles. The Fidalgo Bay has an elevation of 7 feet. Find maps, fishing guides and recreation info at Guidesly.

 

About Fidalgo Bay, WA

Fidalgo Bay is a water body located in Skagit County, in the state of Washington. The bay is north of Sharpes Corner, near Crandall Spit, and just 2.1 miles from the city of Anacortes. It is bordered by the city’s infrastructures, private residences, and oil refineries, among others. It is part of an ancient delta of the Skagit River, the largest and most important water body draining to Puget Sound. The bay comprises eelgrass beds, salt marshes, tidal flats, sandy spits, and pocket estuaries, which are essential habitats for the foraging and reproduction of many bird and fish species. The primary productivity in the bay is supported by the macroalgae, kelps, and saltmarsh vegetation present in the area. It was then designated as an aquatic preserve in 2008, as a way to preserve and protect the habitats and species that reside in the water body. 

Fidalgo Bay, along with Padilla Bay, belongs to one set of the seven Puget Sound water bodies that was decided as a priority for substantial restoration by the year 2020. The bay serves as a productive nursery for salmon, herrings, and other wildlife such as invertebrates and shellfish. It also serves as a respite for migratory birds and supports a decent array of flora and fauna and an abundance of seaweeds and seagrass. The bay is also a site of a multi-partner project that aims to restore native Olympia oyster beds in Puget Sound.

Fidalgo Bay Fishing Description

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Fidalgo Bay supports a variety of species for commercial and recreational sport fishing. Aside from being an abundant resource of Olympia oysters, fishing here provides you plenty of opportunities to catch Pacific herring, and surf smelt fish species. The bay also supports a sizable population of Dungeness crabs, which are also fished by commercial and sports anglers. You may also find populations of other anadromous fish species such as the Pacific salmon, steelhead trout, cutthroat trout, and Dolly Varden. The bay also serves as a spawning area for some species, such as the silver smelt and sand lance. There are also marine flatfish species that use the mudflats and shallow embayments in the bay, such as the starry flounder, rock sole, English sole, and sand sole, which reside near-shore even as adults. The bay also provides a refuge for coho salmon, chinook salmon, and chum salmon species. 

Popular fishing techniques used here are baitcasting, trolling, and fly-fishing. The bay can be accessed through the Fidalgo Bay Resort and the Tommy Thompson Trail. Outdoor recreation in these access points includes hiking, biking, boating, canoeing, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Recreational fishing, waterfowl hunting, and shellfish harvest are also allowed in the bay.  

Fidalgo Bay Seasonal & Other Description

Fishing Seasonality

The best time to fish in Fidalgo Bay would be around 12 AM. You may also try angling here between the time range of 7 AM and 9 AM. Surf smelt fishes are the most dominant species found in the bay and they typically spawn all year-round, but you may best target them from May to September. You may also try catching sand lance between November and February, and the Pacific herring between January and March.

Temperature and Optimal Seasons

Fishing Seasonality

The best time to fish in Fidalgo Bay would be around 12 AM. You may also try angling here between the time range of 7 AM and 9 AM. Surf smelt fishes are the most dominant species found in the bay and they typically spawn all year-round, but you may best target them from May to September. You may also try catching sand lance between November and February, and the Pacific herring between January and March.

Fidalgo Bay Fish Species

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Fidalgo Bay supports a variety of species for commercial and recreational sport fishing. Aside from being an abundant resource of Olympia oysters, fishing here provides you plenty of opportunities to catch Pacific herring, and surf smelt fish species. The bay also supports a sizable population of Dungeness crabs, which are also fished by commercial and sports anglers. You may also find populations of other anadromous fish species such as the Pacific salmon, steelhead trout, cutthroat trout, and Dolly Varden. The bay also serves as a spawning area for some species, such as the silver smelt and sand lance. There are also marine flatfish species that use the mudflats and shallow embayments in the bay, such as the starry flounder, rock sole, English sole, and sand sole, which reside near-shore even as adults. The bay also provides a refuge for coho salmon, chinook salmon, and chum salmon species. 

Popular fishing techniques used here are baitcasting, trolling, and fly-fishing. The bay can be accessed through the Fidalgo Bay Resort and the Tommy Thompson Trail. Outdoor recreation in these access points includes hiking, biking, boating, canoeing, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Recreational fishing, waterfowl hunting, and shellfish harvest are also allowed in the bay.  

Pacific Herring

Habitat: Inlets, Sounds, Estuaries, Bays

Weight: 1 - 2 Pounds

Length: 1" - 18"

Surf Smelt

Habitat: Inshore

Weight: 1 - 1 Pounds

Length: 0" - 12"

Dolly Varden

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 3 - 27 Pounds

Length: 30" - 50"

Steelhead Trout

Habitat: Coastal, rivers

Weight: 2 - 35 Pounds

Length: 12" - 46"