Fishing in Olympic National Park
Bodies of water throughout the park offer numerous fishing possibilities. Lake Crescent is home to cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as petite kokanee salmon; Lake Cushman, Lake Quinault, and Ozette Lake have trout, salmon, and steelhead; and Lake Mills has three trout varieties. As for rivers, the Bogachiel and Queets have steelhead salmon in season. The glacier-fed Hoh River is home to chinook salmon April to November, and coho salmon from August through November; the Sol Duc River offers all five species of salmon, plus cutthroat and steelhead trout. Rainbow trout are also found in the Dosewallips, Elwha, and Skykomish rivers. Other places to go after salmon and trout include the Duckabush, Quillayute, Quinault, and Salmon rivers. A Washington state punch card is required during salmon-spawning months; fishing regulations vary throughout the park. Licenses are available from sporting goods and outdoor supply stores.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Bob's Piscatorial Pursuits. This company, based in Forks, offers salmon and steelhead fishing trips around the Olympic Peninsula from October through mid-May. 866/347–4232. www.piscatorialpursuits.com.
Kalaloch Lodge. Lodge staff customize guided fishing expeditions around the Olympic Peninsula for guests. 157151 U.S. 101, Forks, WA, 98331. 360/962–2271 or 866/525–2562. www.thekalalochlodge.com.
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