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Fall salmon fishing on Washington's Olympic Peninsula
offers anglers an equal chance at catching either Chinook ( King ) and (
Coho ) salmon
throughout most of the season; although Coho usually are more prevalent in the catches by
the last week or two of the season.
Our trips for fall salmon start early,
as positioning on the river can be important under some water conditions.
This pic goes back a ways! Jim with a
nice OP Silver Salmon!
Usually, we'll meet around 4:30 AM at a
local restaurant for breakfast, or if you're staying at one of the local
B&B's, we'll meet you there in the morning.
We fish the five major Forks area rivers
for fall salmon: the Quillayute, Bogachiel, Calawah, Sol Duc, and the Hoh. Although we prefer
the Hoh and Sol Duc for fall salmon fishing, the river we choose to fish will depend upon rainfall and fishing
We fully expect limit catches throughout
our Washington fall salmon season, although many anglers choose to let their
fish go ... you decide!
If fishing catch-and-release, we'll
usually fish until around 2:30 PM. If fishing catch-and-keep, we'll fish
until we limit out, or we run out of fishing water in a given drift (again,
somewhere around 2:30 PM or so).
Doubleheaders always make life
The Quillayute system limit is four salmon daily ... with any combination
of kings and / or silver salmon for the first two, the third & fourth must be a
clipped (hatchery) coho (some years, clipped-fish requirements may expand).
Limits are generally two per person in the Hoh drainage. As a rule, the silvers provide better table fare
than the kings.
Water levels also play an
important role in how
we fish. Under normal to high water flows, we will backtroll the majority of the time ...
tossing hardware or a few other 'secret lures' is often our method of choice under lower
water flows. If you would prefer to fish a particular style, just let us know, we'll be
happy to accommodate your wishes.
Weather in the fall on the Olympic Peninsula is very
unpredictable. While we rarely encounter any 'cold' days, you never know
what to expect on an Olympic Peninsula day until you step outside: one day
can be 80 degrees and sunny, only to be followed by a 50 degree day with
four inches of rain.
Plan on dressing in
layers, and as any Washington angler knows all too well ... ALWAYS bring
At the end of your day of fishing, we'll be happy to fillet and sack up
your catch for transport home!
Fred Moore on one of those special days!
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