Emergency Closures: The Hoh River mouth is closed to recreational fishing May 19 through August 31. The Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, and their tributaries are closed May 19 through October 31.
The following river systems within Olympic National Park are closed effected August 10 until further notice: Bogachiel, South Fork Calawah, Sol Duc, North Fork Sol Duc, Dickey, Queets, Salmon, Quinault, and North Fork Skokomish Rivers (including East and North Forks) and their tributaries and Cedar, Goodman, Kalaloch, and Mosquito Creeks in the Pacific Coastal area. The Elwha, Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers are already closed within the park to protect salmon populations.
PDF documents available for download:
Olympic National Park Fish and Shellfish Regulations (updated May 2015)
General Fishing Information
Olympic National Park is managed as a natural area. The primary objectives of the fisheries management program at Olympic National Park are to preserve and restore native fishes and their habitats and provide recreational fishing opportunities for the enjoyment of park visitors. All waters within Olympic National Park are closed to the removal of any species of fish, shellfish, aquatic plants, or wildlife except as provided below. All waters as described below are open to fishing from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset. To protect the park's fish and aquatic resources, these regulations are subject to change. Please see locally posted regulation changes and notices as well as this website.
A Washington State catch record card is REQUIRED to fish for salmon or steelhead and they must be accounted for as if caught in state waters.
A Washington State Shellfish/Seaweed license is REQUIRED for harvest of shellfish from the Pacific Coastal Area. Harvest of seaweed, kelp, and unclassified species is prohibited (see Marine Fish and Shellfish Seasons and Limits).
Boats and Rafts
Motorized craft are only allowed on the Quinault below the North Shore Quinault River Bridge, in the park's coastal portions of the Quillayute, Dickey, and Hoh Rivers (in the Pacific Coastal Area), and in Lake Crescent and Lake Ozette.
Size Limits for Salmon
Hatchery Fish Identification and Catch and Release
All other wild (unmarked) fish species must be released unless specifically allowed in Freshwater Seasons and Limits. Fishing for bull trout and Dolly Varden is prohibited in all park waters and these species must be released if incidentally captured. (click on image for an enlargement in a new window)