Olympic Peninsula - License Fees & Regulations

We have provided a brief run-down of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's freshwater license fees and the regulations that pertain to the Hoh, Bogachiel, Sol Duc, Calawah, and Quillayute rivers. Remember to always check the regulations before you head off for your fishing trip. It seems like the regulations change daily (they really don't - but they change often) and this page may not reflect the current emergency regulations. You should check the WDFW Fishing Hotline by calling 360-902-2500 and press 2 for recreational rules.

License Fees

The fishing year now runs from April 1 through March 31 to coincide with the catch record (punch) cards that are also required. The punch cards are free but must be recorded on your license - and NO replacements are available. The freshwater license allows the license holder to fish for any species existing in freshwater. This includes salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, trout, bass, etc. Prorated surcharges for Warmwater Enhancement and Regional Fisheries Enhancement are incorporated into the license fee. A freshwater license is also valid while fishing in Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay and the lower Columbia River. Please consult Washington's Sportfishing Regulation Pamphlet for rules and boundary descriptions by following the link found at this Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife web page.

A two-day freshwater/saltwater license allows the license holder to fish two consecutive days for any species existing in freshwater or saltwater. This license is not valid for the first eight days of the lowland lake season (beginning the last Saturday in April).

The annual combination license allows the license holder to fish for all species of fresh and saltwater fish, including salmon, steelhead, trout, sturgeon, shellfish, seaweed and shrimp.

Fishing and hunting licenses can be purchased over the telephone at 866-246-9453 or via the internet at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov./ Licenses and catch record cards will be mailed. An authorization number is provided at the time of purchase. In those instances where a catch record card is not required, the authorization number acts as your license until your license arrives in the mail.

  Freshwater 2-Day Combination
Resident $21.90 $6.57 $39.42
Non-Resident $43.80 $6.57 $78.84
Youth (age 15) Combo Only Not Available $7.67
Children (14 & Under) Free Free Free
Disability Combo Only Not Available $7.67
Resident Senior (70+) $5.48 Not Available Not Available


This information is just an overview and may not contain the latest rule changes and updates. You should always check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations before heading off on your fishing trip. The one thing to note is that there is a limit of 5 native steelhead annually.

Hoh River

Fall salmon from the mouth to Morgans Crossing boat launch - limit 6 per day and no more than 2 adult salmon (chinook or coho) per day.

Winter steelhead from the mouth to DNR Oxbow Campground boat launch - limit 2 per day and no more than 1 native steelhead per day.

Winter steelhead from DNR Oxbow Campground boat launch to Olympic National Park boundary below mouth of South Fork Hoh - limit 2 per day, selective gear rules from December 1 through April 15.

Bogachiel River

Fall salmon from mouth to Hwy 101 bridge - limit 6 per day and no more than 2 adults (chinook and coho) per day. Wild adult chinook and wild adult coho release.

Winter steelhead from mouth to Hwy 101 bridge - limit 2 per day and no more than 1 native steelhead per day.

Winter steelhead from Hwy 101 bridge to Olympic National Park - limit 2 per day, selective gear rules from December 1 through April 30.

Sol Duc River

Fall salmon from mouth to concrete pump station at Sol Duc hatchery - limit 6 per day and no more than 2 adults (chinook and coho) per day.

Winter steelhead from mouth to concrete pump station at Sol Duc hatchery - limit 2 per day and no more than 1 native steelhead per day.

Winter steelhead from concrete pump station at Sol Duc hatchery to Hwy 101 bridge downstream of Snider Creek - limit 2 per day, selective gear rules from November 1 through April 30.

Calawah River

Fall salmon from mouth to Hwy 101 bridge - limit 6 per day and no more than 2 adults (chinook and coho) per day.

Winter steelhead from mouth to Hwy 101 bridge - limit 2 per day and no more than 1 native steelhead per day.

Winter steelhead from Hwy 101 bridge to forks - limit 2 per day, selective gear rules from December 1 through April 30.

Calawah South Fork River
Fall salmon - closed.

Winter steelhead from mouth to Olympic National Park - limit 2 per day, selective gear rules from December 1 through February 28.

Quillayute River

Fall salmon from mouth to confluence of Sol Duc and Bogachiel Rivers including Olympic National Park waters - limit 6 per day and no more than 2 adults (chinook and coho) per day.

Winter steelhead from mouth to confluence of Sol Duc and Bogachiel Rivers including Olympic National Park waters - limit 2 per day and no more than 1 native steelhead per day.


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