Olympic Peninsula - Fall Salmon

olympic peninsula fall salmon Late September to Late November

With the arrival of fall comes the annual heavy fall rains and the return of the huge chinooks and the energetic cohos to the Olympic Peninsula rivers. The fall rains bring the rivers up from their low summer levels and signal the salmon waiting at the mouths of the rivers that it's time to begin their final journey home to their natal rivers. Fisherman eagerly wait for the return of the fall salmon to the Hoh, Bogachiel, Sol Duc, Calawah, and Quillayute rivers in anticipation of the breath-taking battle of wits with the mighty chinook or the entertaining acrobatics of the coho.

The chinook and coho spawning runs generally peak at about the same time on the Olympic Peninsula rivers so you can generally expect to set a hook into either species on any given day. We usually begin our salmon season around late September and continue on until late November when we begin our winter steelhead season.

The chinook is a mighty fish that will test a fisherman and his equipment. They will range from 15 to 40 pounds, but a few lucky anglers will have a real chance to catch a monster in excess of 60 pounds. The coho is smaller than the chinook, but some fisherman prefer their acrobatics and eating qualities. Cohos will range from 6 pounds to over 20 pounds.

We fish from a heated 16' Willie Drift Boat that can accommodate two people for the white water trips. We use only the finest of equipment, including G-Loomis and Talon fishing rods, Gamakatsu hooks, Shimano and Ambassadeur reels and Izor line. Of course if you're more comfortable with your own gear, bring it along

. Reserve your fishing dates as early as possible because prime dates, especially week-end trips, book early.


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