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Rainbow Lodge — A San Juan River Lodge

Fish From Your Backyard!

The ONLY San Juan River Lodge on Public Waters!

World Class Trout Fishing right from your backyard. You can take a short walk from your room and in less than 2 minutes you will be fishing on the San Juan River with access to 7 miles of world-class trout fishing on the San Juan River with no rod fees. No other lodge offers this type of access to the San Juan River, not to mention our world class San Juan River fly fishing guide services included with selected packages.
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The Perfect San Juan River Homebase

A lodge built for fishermen!

Newly tiled entryways to change in and out of your waders and hang your equipment. A large living room to relax after a day of fishing and share stories. Each suite features two bedrooms sleeping a total of 4 anglers comfortably. Everything you need is provided from meals to gear.
“ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS GET HERE” is not just our slogan, it’s our promise!
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Eat Like Royalty!

Gourmet Meals Included with Your Stay!

The Rainbow Lodge will feed you like a king (or queen), providing all your meals from a hearty breakfast to a lunch on the water and Five Star Dining in the evening. We have a professional on-site chef who is ready to cater to your dining needs from morning to night. Have a special request or diet? No problem!

Relax, have fun, & catch some fish we will make sure your belly is satisfied!

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World Class Fishing Guides

Fish the San Juan River & Navajo Lake

We offer packages to accomodate a single angler or an entire family. Beginner or expert, we know the places to catch fish and can gurantee you will never have a boring day! We not only fish the famous San Juan River, but also offer popular guided fishing adventures on Navajo Lake, which is a favorite fishing destination amongst our guests and anglers worldwide. Mix up your vacation and catch Trout, Bass, Crappies, Pike, & Carp on our professionally guided fishing adventures on Navajo Lake.
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More than a Fishing Lodge

What would you like to do today?

The Rainbow Lodge may very well be one of the best trout fishing destinations in the world and anglers come from everywhere to experience fishing the Quality Waters of the San Juan River. Many of our fishing clients don’t realize we are located in the middle of a virtual wonderland of recreation and entertainment! Within a short drive from the lodge you can find epic New Mexico mountain bike trails, Aztec ruins, Casinos, hiking, wine tasting and the famous Durngo-Silverton Train which is popular among families staying at the lodge.
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Fishing in the San Juan Islands

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The San Juan Islands dot the Salish Sea like puzzle pieces, attracting many thousands of visitors to its quaint villages, beautiful sights and many activities from whale watching to beach combing.

One of those favorite things to do on the San Juans is go fishing.

Of course, surrounded by the inland sea a quick swim from the wide open Pacific Ocean but somewhat protected by location, the San Juans are favorite fishing grounds for anglers chasing salmon, halibut, rockfish and many other saltwater species. Crabs, shrimp and other shellfish are common in some areas.

While freshwater might not come to mind on islands surrounded by salty brine, the San Juans are home to quite a small lakes, most of them small, and a fair number have trout, bass and other game fish.

The San Juan Islands together make up San Juan County.

The county’s biggest settlement and only incorporated city is Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, but there are many smaller villages including Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, Eastsound on Orcas Island, and Lopez Village on Lopez Island, among quite a few others.

Four major islands (including the above-mentioned and Shaw Island) are served by the Washington State Ferries system and have the most visitor-related facilities that can include ports and fishing charters.

The islands only have a little more than 15,000 permanent residents but the population swells with tourists, especially during the summer and other vacation periods.

What follows is a look at some of the places to fish in the San Juan Islands.

We’d also like to suggest that you read the “Fishing in Neighboring Counties” feature down below. It will point you to tons of great fishing spots just a ferry ride and short drive away.

Cascade Lake

Photo by Eric Apalategui

At about 175 acres, this is perhaps the most familiar and definitely best-stocked lake on the San Juan Islands.

Cascade Lake is near the main entrance to Moran State Park, a popular visitors destination on Orcas Island, so many thousands of people drive by its shores on a regular basis.

The state stocks Cascade Lake like you’d suspect for a place with this level of tourist traffic, sometimes planting well over a 100,000 rainbow trout here.

A majority of the fish coming by truck are youngsters that have a shot at growing into larger fish, but several thousand catchables may also be planted.

There also are resident cutthroat trout, kokanee and (due to a fairly recent illegal introduction) some largemouth bass.

Unlike other lakes on the island, Cascade Lake is seasonal, opening to fishing on the fourth Saturday in April and closing at the end of October.

More: Cascade Lake Fishing

Egg Lake 

This little lily pad-lined lake in the of San Juan Island interior is stocked with several hundred rainbow trout (sometimes closer to 1,000) each spring.

Trout fishing will be best in the weeks and maybe few months after the planting (likely in March) and slow way down for summer.

But summer is when you’re more likely to get some strikes from the 7-acre lake’s resident population of largemouth bass.

The lake is open all year but wintertime fishing is likely to be slow.

The lake is located along Egg Lake Road just west of the larger Sportsman’s Lake on the north-central part of the island.

Bank access includes a small fishing pier that will help you cast once the lily pads are in their summer glory.

Hummel Lake

This is the best fishing lake, at least for stocked trout, on Lopez Island.

The roughly 35-acre Hummel Lake is stocked with about 1,000 catchable rainbow trout early in the season (around March), and once it is planted trout fishing will be best in the coming weeks.

While many of those trout will be caught out by the heat of summer, it’s still worth a visit if you’re on Lopez because the lake has a year-round resident population of largemouth bass and bluegill.

The warmwater fish should bite well through summer and into early fall, although a small boat will help you get beyond shallow-water aquatic plant growth during the warm season.

WDFW has an access point where you can launch a small watercraft located on the northwest corner of the roundish lake, basically at the intersection of a major island route, Center Road, and Hummel Lake Road.

The lake is four miles south of the island’s ferry terminal and only about a mile or so inland (east) from Lopez Village, the island’s main commercial area.

Mountain Lake

Photo by Eric Apalategui

This pretty lake is actually a little bigger than Cascade Lake in Moran State Park (Orcas Island), but it is located off the main road and tends to be a little quieter, although it’s quite popular for camping and paddling.

Mountain Lake, at just under 200 acres, is a little higher in elevation with cold, clear water and good access for bank and small boat fishing.

At last check, WDFW has primarily been stocking this water with a good number of young cutthroat trout, which go into the lake in winter and grow to catchable size for anglers who tend to work the lake more in the spring, early summer and fall.

The lake also is home to Eastern brook trout and rainbows have been stocked here some years. WDFW also has reported kokanee in this lake.

Anglers can only keep one fish over 18 inches as part of a trout limit.


Photo by Eric Apalategui

Salmon are often king around here.

And kings, as in both resident blackmouth Chinook that feed in the inland waters and also seasonal runs of Chinook, coho and other types of salmon that pass through on their way to spawning rivers and hatcheries in the region.

Salmon anglers, often with rods bent low by down-riggers, will work the deep waters just off the islands to try to intercept passing salmon.

Summertime is typically good for Chinook fishing, and in odd years a pink run might show up strong enough to fish, likely in August.

Blackmouth fishing is typically best in winter and early spring.

Halibut, rockfish and other species also are found in the Salish Sea, but make sure you familiarize yourself with seasons and other rules before fishing on your own. Local charter operators have it all down, of course.

Pile and other perch species will be found in bays and around docks, including in Friday Harbor. Surf smelt and flounder are other species that might be in reach for shorebound anglers.

Crabbers can do well for Dungeness in several bays on major islands, while shrimpers work plunging depths not far offshore. There are several clamming beaches on San Juan Island and elsewhere.

Sportsmans Lake

This 66-acre lake on San Juan Island is primarily a warmwater fishery, with largemouth bass, yellow perch and pumpkinseed sunfish to catch.

Fishing will begin to pick up in the spring and should stay pretty good all summer and into at least the early part of fall.

WDFW has a small public access including a basic boat launch right on Roche Harbor Road, a major thoroughfare on San Juan Island.

The lake is only about a 10 minute drive from either Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor.

Fishing in Neighboring Counties

Whatcom County: To the northeast, from saltwater salmon and shellfish to big and small lakes full of trout, bass and landlocked salmon near Bellingham.

Skagit County: To the east, the Skagit River and streams, lakes and saltwater with salmon, trout, shellfish and plenty more to catch.

Island County: To the southeast, Whidbey Island in particular has a wealth of saltwater fishing options in addition to some very nice trout lakes.

Clallam and Jefferson Counties: To the south, the Olympic Peninsula offers some of the state’s best steelhead and salmon fishing in rivers and saltwater, and mountain lakes have trout and more.

Washington Resources

WDFW Fishing and Stocking Reports
WDFW Fishing Regulations
National Weather Service forecasts

Fishing on the San Juan River in Nicaragua

In the riverbed, freshwater fishing is possible (trophies: bricon, relict gaspar pike, bull shark, etc. ), but sea fishing is more popular in the river delta, where the main trophy is considered tarpon (also found snook and yellow jack). Due to the diversity of fish species, fishing on the San Juan River in Nicaragua is always catchy. The best time for fishing on the river is the beginning of autumn, when the tarpon enters the coastal waters. nine0007

Fisheries area: Caribbean Sea
Love : Spinning, Nahlist, Trolling
Main trophy : Tarpon

Base program TUR

Composition of the group: 6 people
Twool , on the river in a hostel or lodge.
Meals: three meals a day, while fishing — lunch on the boat

  • Day 1. Arrival at the international airport. Meeting with the guide. Transfer to the Hex hotel. nine0034
  • Day 2. Breakfast. Airport transfer. Flight to the river.
  • Day 3-8. River and sea fishing
  • Day 9. Fishing until 11.00. Departure. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 10. Transfer to Managua International Airport. Departure

The climate of Nicaragua depends on the landscape: it is much hotter in the lowlands. During the dry season (November to April), the Pacific coast can get very hot. From May to October, there is a rainy season throughout the country (on the same Pacific coast, it usually manifests itself with high cloudiness). nine0007

How to get there

There are no direct flights to Nicaragua from Russia. The most common option is a flight to Managua with two transfers via the USA or Canada or El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica or Mexico.


Barracuda, Bricon, Jack yellow, Shell pike, Snook, Tarpon. nine0007

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The best time for the tarpon to come ashore is early spring. The second good period is September-October, but at this time there is a risk of heavy rains.

Fishing —


Bayahibe, a village founded by fishermen back in the 19th century, as well as Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Samana are recognized fishing centers in the Dominican Republic. Everywhere you can find out what sport fishing is and try to catch marlin, barracuda, sea bream or mahi-mahi. River fishing is popular in La Romana and Rio San Juan. Here you can catch robalo, carp or rainbow trout. The Cabarete and Sosua reefs offer numerous trawl and deep sea fishing options.

Fishing tournaments are popular in Punta Cana, La Romana and Bayahiba, which come alive with beach music and freshly caught fish. A great way to discover traditional fishing is to find a fishing cooperative in your holiday destination and learn from the masters. nine0007


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Fishing for marlin, wahoo and golden dorado (mahi-mahi) will let you experience the rhythm of our fishing villages.

Bavaro Lagoon

Kayaking, fishing, hiking, boating and mangrove bird watching are just a few of the things to do in Bavaro Lagoon. nine0007

Punta Cana

Playa Cabeza de Toro

Playa Cabeza de Toro is popular with tourists staying in nearby hotels. The calm waters of this place are great for snorkeling and fishing.

Punta Cana

Fishing In Bayahibe

Bayahibe is a true angler’s paradise: local fishermen go out to sea every morning and return in the afternoon with their daily catch, in addition, there are several sport fishing centers that take tourists out to sea, to show them the fish-rich waters of the southeastern shores of the Dominican Republic. nine0007

Bayahibe, La Romana

Fishing in La Romana

La Romana is an ideal place for lovers of sport fishing; all year round, boats depart from the local port both for sea and river fishing. However, the best season is in February-May, when you can catch marlin, barracuda, croaker, sailfish or Antillean robalo.

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