Olympic National Park Fishing Regulations

A man fishes in a river.

NPS photo by Josh Geffre.

 
Fishing in Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park protects over 75 miles of Pacific Coast, 600 lakes, and 4,000 miles of rivers and streams that support some of the most extensive runs of wild salmon, trout, and char remaining in the Pacific Northwest. Through the management of fish and aquatic environments, the park works to preserve and restore native fishes and their habitats and provide recreational fishing opportunities for the enjoyment of park visitors. Fisheries biologists work with the State of Washington and eight treaty tribes each year to establish harvest and gear regulations.
 

Fish and Shellfish Regulations

Before you go fishing in Olympic National Park review the current fishing and shellfish regulations and check bulletin boards for locally posted regulation changes.


Reopening of Recreational Fishing by Geographic Area
Waters within Olympic National Park will open to fishing as per normal seasons, gear, and daily limits on the following dates:

  • On June 1, 2020, recreational fishing opened on Lake Crescent, Sol Duc River, Gray Wolf River, Dosewallips River, Duckabush River, North Fork Skokomish River, and mountain lakes in Olympic National Park as per normal fishing seasons and regulations.
  • On June 10, recreational fishing opened on Kalaloch Creek; Cedar Creek; Mosquito Creek; Goodman Creek.
  • On June 19, recreational fishing opened on Lake Ozette; Lower Quillayute and Dickey Rivers; Intertidal and marine waters; Bogachiel and South Fork Calawah Rivers; Queets and Salmon Rivers; Matheny Creek and Sams River; Quinault, East Fork and North Fork Rivers; Irely Lake; and, all tributaries to above listed areas.

The Elwha River and its tributaries remain closed to fishing until further notice.

 
Fishing Regulations Cover 2015
Fish & Shellfish Regulations 2019-2020

General Fishing Information

  • The Olympic National Park Fish & Shellfish Regulations booklet is effective from May 1 through April 30 of the following year. (updated April 2020)
  • See the map, chart, and photo gallery below for the booklet pages.
  • All waters in Olympic National Park are closed to the removal of fish and shellfish (including freshwater crayfish and freshwater mussels) except as described in the Fishing and Shellfish Regulations.
  • All waters listed in the Fishing and Shellfish Regulations are open to fishing from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset.
  • Fishing for bull trout and Dolly Varden is prohibited in all park waters and these species must be released if incidentally captured.
  • All wild fish species must be released unless specifically allowed in Freshwater Seasons and Limits.
 
Fishing Zone Map OLYM
Fishing Zone Map
Zone Drainages (Area) Season Gear Daily Limit
1 All beaver ponds, streams, and rivers not listed on this chart. Includes: Dosewallips, Duckabush, Graywolf, North Fork Sol Duc, Sol Duc, South Fork Calawah, Quinault (East Fork, North Fork, and mainstem above upper bridge) Jun 1–Oct 31, 2020 Artificial lure, barbless single point hook Catch-and-release except 2 adipose clipped hatchery steelhead may be retained
Elwha CLOSED
2 Skokomish River, North Fork Jun 1–Sep 15, 2020 Artificial lure, barbless single point hook Catch-and-release
3 Quinault River, upper bridge downstream to park boundary Jun 1, 2019—Mar 31, 2021 Artificial lure, barbless single point hook Catch-and-release except 2 adipose clipped hatchery steelhead may be retained
4 Queets River, mainstem, below AND above
Hartzell boat launch

Catch Record Card Code 394
Jun 1–Aug 31, 2020 Artificial lure with a barbless single point hook. Catch-and-release except 2 adipose clipped hatchery steelhead may be retained.
Sep 1-30, 2020 BELOW HARTZELL: Bait allowed. One barbless hook with up to three points. ABOVE HARTZELL: Artificial lure with a barbless single point hook. Catch-and-release for all species except:
· One hatchery coho salmon may be retained.
· Steelhead: 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained and defined as dorsal fin height less than 2-1/8 inches, adipose clipped, or ventral clipped.
Oct 1-Nov 30, 2020 Artificial lure with a barbless single point hook Catch-and-release except one hatchery, adipose clipped Chinook may be retained.
Dec 1, 2020-Feb 28, 2021 BELOW HARTZELL: Bait allowed. One barbless hook with up to three points. ABOVE HARTZELL: Artificial lure with a barbless single point hook Catch-and-release for all species except:
· Steelhead: 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained and defined as dorsal fin height less than 2-1/8 inches, adipose clipped, or ventral clipped.
Mar 1-Apr 15, 2021 Artificial lure with a barbless single point hook. Catch-and-release except 2 adipose clipped hatchery steelhead may be retained.
Salmon River
Catch Record Card Code 396
Jun 1–Aug 31, 2020 Artificial lure with a barbless single point hook. Catch-and-release except 2 adipose clipped hatchery steelhead may be retained.
Sep 1-30, 2020 Bait allowed. One barbless hook with up to three points. Catch-and-release for all species except:
· One hatchery coho salmon may be retained.
· Steelhead: 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained and defined as dorsal fin height less than 2 1/8 inches, adipose clipped, or ventral clipped.
Oct 1-Nov 30, 2020 Artificial lure with a barbless single point hook. Catch-and-release except one hatchery, adipose clipped Chinook may be retained.
Dec 1, 2020-Feb 28, 2021 Bait allowed. One barbless hook with up to three points. Catch-and-release for all species except:
· Steelhead: 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained and defined as dorsal fin height less than 2 1/8 inches, adipose clipped, or ventral clipped.
5 Hoh River and South Fork Hoh River CLOSED Jun 1-Sep 15, 2020
OPEN Sep 16, 2020-Apr 15, 2021
Artificial lure, barbless single point hook. Fly fishing 1/4 mile below Hoh Campground to Boat Launch above South Fork Hoh confluence Catch-and-release except 2 adipose-clipped hatchery steelhead may be retained
6 Bogachiel River Jun 1, 2020-Apr 15, 2021 Artificial lure, barbless single point hook. Catch-and-release except 2 adipose-clipped hatchery steelhead may be retained
7 Ozette River Aug 1, 2020–Feb 28, 2021 Artificial lure, barbless single point hook. Catch-and-release except 2 adipose-clipped hatchery steelhead may be retained
8 Dickey River Mouth Jun 1, 2020-Apr 30, 2021 Identical to State regulations. See State gear regulations for this river from the park boundary upstream to the confluence of the East and West Forks Release all wild steelhead, salmon, and trout regardless of size.
See State regulations for daily limits of hatchery salmon and steelhead from the park boundary upstream to the confluence of the East and West Forks
Hoh River Mouth CLOSED Jun 1-Sep 15, 2020 OPEN Sep 16, 2020-Apr 15, 2021 Identical to State regulations. See State gear regulations for this river from the park boundary upstream to Dept. of Natural Resources Oxbow Campground boat launch Release all wild steelhead, salmon, and trout regardless if size.
See State regulations for daily limits of hatchery salmon and steelhead from the park boundary upstream to Dept. of Natural Resources’ Oxbow Campground boat launch
Quillayute River Year-Round Except:
CLOSED MONDAYS from Aug 31-Oct 12, 2020
Identical to State regulations. See State gear regulations for this river from the park boundary upstream to the confluences of the Sol Duc & Bogachiel Rivers. Release all wild steelhead, salmon, and trout regardless of size. See State regulations for daily limits of hatchery salmon and steelhead from the park boundary upstream to the confluences of the Sol Duc and Bogachiel Rivers.
9 Cedar, Goodman, Kalaloch, and Mosquito Creeks (Pacific Coastal Area) Jun 1, 2020–Feb 28, 2021 Artificial lure, barbless single point hook. Catch & release Can retain 2 hatchery steelhead
A Lake Ozette Last Saturday in April—October 31, 2020 Artificial lure, barbless single point hook. Catch & release, EXCEPT no daily, size, or possession limits for yellow perch, largemouth bass, pikeminnow, and bullhead. See Fish Consumption Advisory, page 6, item 4
B Lake Crescent Jun 1-Oct 31, 2020 Artificial lure, barbless single point hook.; 2 ounce weight restriction Catch & release
High elevation lakes (above 1300 ft) Last Saturday in April—October 31, 2020 Bait, treble, and barbed hooks allowed A combined total of 5 rainbow and/or cutthroat trout, no minimum size limit.
No daily, size, or possession limits for brook trout.
See Fish Consumption Advisory, page 6, item 4
Irely Lake Last Saturday in April—October 31, 2020 Artificial lure, barbless single point hook. Catch & release


 
License Requirements
  • A Washington State Recreational Fishing License is NOT REQUIRED to fish in Olympic National Park EXCEPT when fishing in the Pacific Ocean from shore. No license is required to harvest surf smelt.
  • A Washington State catch record card is REQUIRED for adults and children if fishing for salmon or steelhead. A catch record card specific to waters in Olympic National Park is available from Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife license dealers at no cost. Salmon or steelhead that are caught and released do not need to be recorded. The catch record card requires a location code for each retained fish.
  • 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).

Last updated: September 28, 2020

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