Each river on the Olympic Peninsula is unique as they each drop and clear after a high water at a different rate. Combined with the varied run timing from river to river this usually means the fishing is just right on one or more of them.
Every river has Steelhead in excess of 20lbs in it during the winter season. It's just a matter of choosing which one is right at the time and going for it.
If you plan to bring your own boat and aren't familiar with our rivers, I highly recommend hiring a guide for your first time down most stretches of any river.
This small river is one of my favorites. The difficulty of rowing the rapids keeps the pressure down, and it offers good numbers of native winter Steelhead along with some hatchery fish.
This is a medium-size tributary of the Queets River and receives less pressure due to it's remote location. I like to fish it for fall Coho and Winter Steelhead.
The Bogie is known for it's large runs of hatchery Steelhead. It's easy to float in it's lower stretches and is a good place for new rowers to learn the ropes. I fish it for Winter and Summer Steelhead. It also carries good numbers of Native Steelhead and Fall Salmon.
This large glacially fed river is famous for it's huge Native Winter Steelhead and big runs of Fall Salmon. You can catch a Steelhead or Salmon here any day of the year providing it's open and fishable. It can be out for weeks at a time due to the glacial content and it's many clay banks.
SOL DUC RIVER
This larger version of the Calawah River provides year around fishing. It's big rapids and wild fish bring anglers from around the world. It has big runs of hatchery Coho in the fall, Native Steelhead in the winter, and Sockeye, Silver Salmon, and Cutthroat trout during the summer. My favorite time to fish the Duc is in late April - July for it's Spring Chinook.
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