Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing ReportUpdated 15 APRIL, 2017
OVERVIEW – Trout fishing is in full swing and fish are taking dries and streamers in all the rivers. Not many summer steelhead are around yet, but more should come as the season passes. Beaches have been great and consistent for cutts, with a few coho and black mouth as well.
Bogie, Calawah, and Sol Duc are all open.
Hoh will be closed until July 1st.
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The entire river is open to steelhead, salmon, and trout. Catch and Release the native fish and single barbless hooks.
Fishing Report: In the lower river below the hatchery, there’s still some kings coming in along with some coho and a few sockeye. We should start seeing some more steelhead as time goes by, but there are a few around. Trout fishing has been great! Now that it’s a bit warmer we are starting to see good numbers of Green Drakes hatching (size 10’s and 8’s) that the trout are really keying in on. They will also take sculpins stripped or swung through deeper pools. Fish have been caught from the convergence all the way up in the park, just remember to cover water.
BOGACHIEL / CALAWAH
Bogachiel: Open to Trout, steelhead and salmon. Catch and release native fish, single barbless hooks.
- Fairly low and will continue to drop with not much rain and warm weather.
- Fish Reports: Trout fishing has been decent throughout the river. They’ll take sculpins and large dry flies skated on the surface such as Green Drake’s and Golden Stone’s in sizes 10 and 8. There are a few steelhead in the lower river and hopefully as summer goes by we’ll start to get a better push of fish.
Calawah: Open to Trout, steelhead and salmon. Catch and release native fish, single barbless hooks.
- Fish Reports: Trout fishing has been pretty good with fish eating large dries and sculpins. Green Drakes have been coming off in large sizes (10’s and 8’s) and the fish take them on a dead drift or skated across the surface. There has also been a few steelhead around the lower river. They are known to be pretty skiddish, but will take a fly if presented correctly. Try to stick to smaller black and red leeches, or natural patterns like a low water Caroline, or even just a muddler.
Fishing Report: Inside the park is open to catch and release trout single barbless hooks. The rest of the river will open July 1st for steelhead and we are booking trips if interested.
Protected Species: Bull Trout – Salvelinus confluentus which is a member of the Char family (sometimes mistakenly called “Dolly Varden” Salvelinus malma) Loads of Bull Trout are being caught incidentally on the Hoh. You may find that these aggressive Char will take many of the same presentations used to catch steelhead. Bull trout are fun and brake the monotony of a slow day while fishing for winter steelhead and some days you may catch as many as a dozen with some upwards of 5lbs! Just remember these are a protected species within the Olympic Peninsula so keep them wet, minimize your handling and release all Bulls back as quickly as possible.
Fishing Report: Haven’t heard much about any fish being caught down on the Queets, but it is your best bet for finding an early summer steelhead. Since it is a glacial river it can be known to dirty up on warmer days so you can get away with busting out your spey gear sink tips to cover some water. Stick to leechy patterns in reds and blacks and cover water.
Still closed to all fishing but the river is finally FREE! With both dams completely removed, fish recovery is really taking off. There have a pretty fair number of steelhead spawning in the middle river this spring. All checked there have been wild and it seems the brood stock raised hatchery fish have all remained in the lower river.
Fishing Report: The Dungeness is open up above gold creek for catch and release trout. Though there aren’t many big fish up there, there are good numbers of smaller rainbow trout willing to take a fly. Water is running pretty high and fast, but anywhere you can find a slow pocket will most likely hold a few fish. It’s best to stick to nymphing with this fast water, so bring a few indicators, split shots, and big stonefly nymphs.
Fish Report: Fish has been great out on lake crescent there have been lots of opportunities for great fishing along the bank, but a boat is extremely helpful to find more fish. Sinking lines and black leeches or crayfish pattern have been doing the trick, just remember to pinch your barbs and limit handling time with these beautiful fish. We do offer guided trips on lake crescent for anyone looking to fish this tricky lake and get in to some good fish. Just call the shop to book a trip at (360)417-0937.
The water is warming up and fish are going deeper and deeper in the middle of the day. Stick to mornings and evenings, pack a sinking line and leeches. They’ll also take chironomids under a strike indicator, along with damsel fly and dragonfly nymphs. Lake Leland has been fishing well for pan fish and smaller bass on top water if you are looking for a change in scenery, but a boat is necessary to cover water.
Some of the lakes are staring to thaw out and should be ready to fish by mid July. Lake Angeles will thawed out before then and should be good to fish as soon as July comes around. These fish aren’t too picky, but soft hackles seem to work better then others. If they’re rising, try throwing a mosquito, or small attractor dries such as royal wulff’s patriots.
Hearing better reports about Coastal Cutt fishing than in recent years. Sequim Bay has been good and even the limited beach fishing around Port Angeles has been decent. The Hood Canal and Puget Sound have been fishing very good for cutts and resident Coho, with a few black mouth here and there. Any of these species are more active during a moving tide with the outgoing being preferred by most anglers, and they’ll take anything from bait fish patterns and sculpins, to even some sliders and poppers. Just be sure to cover water, and keep an intermediate sink and floating line on deck. Most of these fish don’t wander too far from shore, but a kayak or small boat is always a great tool to cover water.