Reel Estate Update – Mike Bredeson Visits Bellingham Connections


Mike Bredeson visited Bellingham Connections as a guest speaker this week. He brought one of his famous fish filets of Chinook Salmon to raffle off and the lucky winner was Rick Joines with FSR wealth management. Mike said this one was quite the fighter too. Congrats Rick! And congrats on the big catch Mike!

Mike’s “Reel Estate” Fishing Report


We are all hoping for a great fishing year, but some of the dates may have changed.

Make sure to check the WDFW website for updates. Typically, the Ling Cod season opens May 1st and there should be lots of fish to be had. Last year was great and it seems like catching them inside the slot limit is getting easier.  For the Halibut- there should be some May openers. The last couple of years have been pretty slim for the “Reel Estate” – we used to sit on the hook and always catch something. The banks out in the straights are the best chances for a flattie. Then there is salmon. Chinook has been July 1st historically. But with the decline in the Orca population the fishing dates may have changed. Just remember, there is always a quick trip to Canada, plus up there the limit for prawns is 200 each vs. 80 in the states.

If you need a current report- Give The Johnson Team fishing hotline a call. 360-303-2734 we are happy to help.

Your Own Island Paradise! Open House Sunday on Lummi Island

Don’t miss out on this one of  a kind Lummi Island home and property!

1471 Seacrest Drive on Lummi Island is the oasis  you have been looking for. Join Rich Johnson this sunny Saturday from 12pm to 2pm for an open house.

Seacrest Open 5.7


Peace, quiet, total seclusion & an expansive view of water & mountains could be yours in this unique home & property. This custom designed & built home overlooks a private cove, Haro Strait, Mt Baker & Twin Sisters. The floor plan is open, airy, well lit & inviting with expansive windows keeping you in touch with the beauty around you. A private path provides access to either the beach of Sun-Rise Cove with your boat anchored in front or up secret trails to explore. This is a dream come true. For more information call 360.303.2734

GetMedia (3)

GetMedia (5)

GetMedia (6)

GetMedia (1)

If you can’t make the open house click below to visit the virtual tour

Or, give us a call to schedule a private showing at 360.303.2734 today!

Mike’s “Reel Estate” Fishing Report for Marine Area 7

Puget Sound Fishing Report Marine Area 7 has opened for the winter Chinook season.

This season is slated to run through April in the regulations but will close early as the quota will be caught. New Year’s day saw Mike , Lance and John out in the islands. It was really a surprisingly slow day. 4 hookups and only a nice Native Chinook to the boat. But the word is that other areas produced better than Pt Migley off Lummi Island (we were there). The reports were plenty of fish at Pt Thompson as well as Eagle Point and Obstruction. I guess we zigged when we should have zagged. Spoons have been most productive, just like most years on this opener. A little orange on the spoon seems to be the ticket and keep the bait right on the deck.

Need a current report?

Give the Johnson Team Fishing Hotline a call at 360-303-2734 we are happy to help.

Lance Fish

The Summer Chinook Fishery is in Full Swing in the San Juan Islands

Mike Fish

While the fishery in the San Juan Islands  is well underway,  I do have to say it has been slower than expected for The Johnson Team’s “Reel Estate ” Trophy.

In June up in Canada around Tumbo Island it was off the hook fishing. Then July 1st comes around, and all the hot lures just wouldn’t produce. Kim & Mike did happen across a few fish in the Bellingham PSA Derby, but the biggest was 13 lbs. Not a winner , but the weather for that weekend was fantastic and the boat ran well.

We fished from Pt Lawrence to Thatcher Pass and all around Pt Thompson and Sucia Island. The tides were pretty bad for that weekend , so as the low mellows out – Waldron would be a great bet as Cowlitz Bay seems to always have a few fish.

If you need a current report- give The Johnson Team fishing hotline a call at 360-303-2734.

We are happy to help.

Mike’s “Reel Estate” Fishing Report for the San Juan Islands

FishingWhat an exciting year so far!

Typically the winter Chinook season has ended in February with the allotted amount of fish caught by then. This year- we are still able to be on the water. Admittedly it has not been as productive as years past but, there are still salmon to be had. It seems like 2015-2016 spoons seemed to be the hot ticket- now I find myself dragging herring in the hood and it seems to be productive. The fish we are catching seem to be bigger and have a lot of fight. We have been using the dodger style flasher with the bait trailing behind about 5 feet- when they hit it , what a fight. Pt Thompson has been the best so far for 2018 on the “Reel Estate”- not as many fish but teenage size which has been fun. With May around the corner- Ling Cod, Halibut and Spot Prawns will be in order. Refer to WDFW for specific dates but I hear they are much more favorable for the angler this year.

If you need the latest tips just give the Johnson Team fishing hotline a call at 360-303-2734 and we are happy to help.


Mike’s “Reel” Estate Fishing Report for the San Juans

IMG_0127Winter Salmon fishing has started!

Easy Limits on the northern end of the San Juan Island region. Everywhere has been productive- Pt Thompson, Sucia, Alden Bank and West Beach of Orcas Island. These fish are generally small this time of year. In the derbies that happen, there is always a 18-22 lber but it seems like the fish sizes get down into the low teens quickly after the first 10 fish.

We have been using flashers and spoons and the Chinook seem to be all over them. For the Johnson Teams 29 Trophy- Its just out of storage and headed to the Roche Harbor Salmon Derby. And possibly to the Friday Harbor Derby in February.  Work seems to be getting in the way of fun. Busy times, but we are grateful.

If you need a current fishing or Real Estate Report call anytime 360-303-2734

Mike’s “Reel” Estate Fishing Report

ScottyThe late summer Chinook fishery was really pretty good. Up until about August 15th it seemed like we could come close or get a limit. Then it was just like a light switch went off in the northern San Juans, and the fish  just wouldn’t bite. All the local hot spots were not producing, Thompson, Alden, Village and Sucia – then they just were gone.

It was interesting though as the Killer Whales seemed to be in the area more frequently than usual. This picture here of Scotty was taken while we were at Alden. The pod was there fishing as well.  The season was over at the end of September and does not re-open until January 1 2018. Typically, it had closed just for the month of November it seems. That’s ok, the fish will be bigger and will give a couple weeks pre-fishing for the Roche Harbor Derby. This derby takes place January 19th – January 21st 2018 . It sold out the 100 spots in early October, but there is a waiting list. Get on it as spots often open up. The Johnson Team 2902 Trophy is in so look for photos on the blog to come in January!

If you need any current reports- Just give The Fishing Hotline a call at 360-303-2734, we are happy to help.

Mike’s “Reel” Estate Fishing Report

The July cImage-8hinook fishery in Marine area 7 North has been wonderful. The limit was 2 hatchery chinook until July 22 then the emergency change came in with a lowering of the limit to 1. That really shows just how many fish were caught. It has been excellent. The largest hatchery fish landed on The Johnson Team trophy was about 15 lbs..Bigger fish to come as we get into August. Plus the regulations allow the keeping of a native Chinook. (this is identified as the adipose fin has not been removed). Plus, crabbing is open in some parts of area 7 and opens up in the Sandy Point area August 17th . I feel a Crab-alanche coming. Juicy Dungeness Crab straight from the water, into the cooker and onto the platter. There is nothing better. If you need a current Fishing report, just give the fishing hotline a call at 360-303-2734 and remember to always check the WDFW website for current closures and updates.

“Reel” Estate Fishing Report

Pic for fishing report april 2017The Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has opened the Winter Chinook Salmon Season until the end of April. On the re-opening weekend, we managed to snag a few beautiful fish in the 10-12lb range. These winter Blackmouth are some of the best eating fish available in the Puget Sound. The earlier season opened Dec 1 but was shut down, the fish were just too small.

Up next is halibut and ling cod in May. These 2 fisheries can draw a crowd. When the confirmed seasons are set, we will post the Fishing Calendar on line, for your viewing pleasure.

This gorgeous fish caught by Aaron on a green UV flasher and Les Davis spoon. It’s the color of the Seattle Seahawk’s uniforms. The salmon just cannot stay away from it, and seem to be bigger fish that go after that spoon.

If you have any questions or want to know the current hot spot- Just give the Johnson Team fishing hotline a call- 360-303-2734