Please check your regulation booklet before fishing any Salmon or Steelhead River. Seasons and gear regulations change with seasons and river sections. River flows vary tremendously with rainfall, especially in winter. Check the flow gauges and weather and plan accordingly. Release all Wild Steelhead!
Sol Duc River
A newly designated wild Steelhead sanctuary. A productive fishery for winter and summer Steelhead, spring and fall Chinook, Coho, Sockeye Salmon, and Cutthroat Trout. Contains dangerous rapids, only experienced oarsmen should float this river. Plenty of wading access available with exploration, some to try include Tumbling Rapids Park and the Sol Duc Salmon Hatchery. The Sol Duc stays clear longer than most OP rivers making it a good option when rivers are on their way out or first coming back into shape.
A small stream with Coho Salmon and Sea Run Cutthroat opportunities.
A popular summer steelhead fishery exists near the Calawah rearing ponds and Bogachiel Hatchery. To access the hatchery, follow the signs on Bogachiel Way in the town of Forks. The Calawah joins the Bogachiel downstream from the Bogachiel Hatchery. Also seasonal salmon and winter steelhead available. Contains dangerous rapids, only very experienced oarsmen should float this river.
A popular river for winter hatchery steelhead from the Hatchery downstream to the Quillayute River. To access the Bogachiel Hatchery, follow the signs on Bogachiel Way in the town of Forks. Thanksgiving through New Years being peak time for hatchery winter steelhead. Plenty of opportunities for wild steelhead, salmon, cutthroat, and summer steelhead are available as well. The Bogachiel River trail provides miles of access up into Olympic National Park for the adventure minded angler. Watch out for cougars when hiking this trail! Another good access is the Bogachiel State Park with camping available on Hwy. 101. (Note that a flow gauge is not available from the USGS; a depth gauge reading is posted instead.)
If natural beauty and miles of easy wading fly water are your primary concerns in a steelhead river, the Hoh is hard to beat. A popular winter steelhead fishery, the Hoh can be a productive salmon river as well with nearly year-round opportunities. Lots of good wading access is found in the upper river along Upper Hoh Rd. A fly fishing only section is found in Olympic National park. Several popular free campgrounds exist on the Hoh River including Minnie Peterson, Oxbow, and Cottonwood. A glacial river, most fishing on the Hoh occurs when flows are under 2500 cfs and the river takes on an emerald green color. Release all Bull Trout along with Wild Steelhead.
Lots of water to explore in Olympic National Park for steelhead, salmon, and cutthroat. This is a glacial river where water clarity can be a problem, fishes best at lower flows under 3500 cfs. All fishing opportunities exist within Olympic National Park, consult a regulations book for rules. Access is split between the Lower Queets Valley and Upper Queets Valley. A road washout several years ago split the road into these two areas that are accessed separately by following signs from Hwy. 101. At the end of the Upper Queets access road is the Queets Campground. Fording the river in low flows gives access to the Queets River Trail and miles of very remote hiking and fishing. Be careful, crossing can be dangerous!