Olympic Peninsula Fishing Guide

Sunset on lower Quillayute, late November Forks, Washington, located in the northwest corner of Washington at the very edge of the spectacular Olympic National Park, is roughly three hours west of Seattle. It is the headquarters for most Olympic Peninsula fishing and home to some of the best runs of salmon and steelhead. This is where you can drift and experience the white water rivers cascading out of the Olympic mountains through lush green rain forests. And on occasion you can marvel at a spectacular sunrise or sunset.

The Hoh, Bogachiel, Sol Duc, Calawah, and Quillayute rivers are considered as some of America's most beautiful and productive salmon and steelhead fishing waters. These unspoiled and spectacular rivers are home to steelhead (sea-going rainbow trout) that will take your breath away. We have world-class fishing on strong runs of some of the largest, and last, of the wild steelhead in the lower 48 states.

The chinook is a mighty fish that will also test a fisherman and his equipment. They will range from 15 to 40 pounds, but can exceed 60 pounds. Cohos will range from 6 pounds to over 20 pounds. Fall salmon season begins with the onset of the fall rains and runs from late September through November. There is an overlap of salmon and steelhead in the month of November.

Class III rapids, upper Sol DucOur rivers are best known for the large runs of winter steelhead that return to spawn in the rivers and streams of the Olympic Peninsula. Each year rods will bend and endurance will be tested by native steelhead in excess of 30 pounds. Many over 20 pounds (considered a trophy) are caught by our clients each season. Hatchery steelhead provide good fishing from November through January. In January, the larger native steelhead begin to appear in the rivers and provide good fishing from January through April. Take a look at our chart for the best times to fish for fall salmon and winter steelhead.

We fish from a heated 16' Willie Drift Boat that can accommodate two clients for the white water trips.

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