Guided Fishing in Washington on the Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Peninsula is known for its rich marine life, making it a paradise for most anglers. Its abundance of freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams, as well as the extensive coastal and deep-sea fishing options, make it a favorite for fishing enthusiasts. 

Our fishing guides provide you with thrilling fishing adventures chasing steelhead and trophy salmon on some of Washington state’s most famous rivers. The All Rivers & Saltwater Charters team strives to provide every fishing enthusiast with joyful and plentiful fishing experiences throughout their time on the Olympic Peninsula.

Facts About the Olympic Peninsula

Here are some interesting facts about the Olympic Peninsula:

  • The Peninsula is primarily known for Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the International Biosphere Reserve.
  • The Hoh Rainforest, located in Olympic National Park, is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the United States.
  • It offers a wide range of recreational activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, and kayaking.
  • The Peninsula is home to a variety of wildlife, including black bears, Roosevelt elk, mountain goats, and numerous bird species. The coastal areas provide habitats for marine mammals like gray whales, orcas, and sea otters.
  • Rugged cliffs, sea stacks, and sandy beaches mark the Peninsula’s coastline.

The Olympic Peninsula’s natural beauty and ecological diversity make it a unique and cherished region, attracting visitors from around the world.

Rivers of the Olympic Peninsula

The rivers on the Olympic Peninsula’s west side are all free-flowing from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Most are less than 50 miles long.

Glacier Rivers

The Quinault, Hoh, and Queets rivers are large glacier-fed systems that produce some of the largest salmon and steelhead on the West Coast. When conditions are right, the waters flow with a magical glacier-green color, drawing anglers worldwide to pursue fish in them.

Spring Fed Rivers

These rivers are found on the north coast and include the Calawah, Bogachiel, Sol Duc, Clearwater, and some lesser-known rivers such as the Physt, Lyre, Hoko, and Sekui. Spring-fed rivers tend to be very stable. They don’t change much from year to year, but each varies dramatically in character from the others.

Best Time to Go Fishing

Our All Rivers & Saltwater Charters team is always ready to introduce seasoned or new anglers to the sport. The best times to fish in these rivers include:

  • Winter steelhead: November – April
  • Summer steelhead: May – August
  • Coho/Silver salmon: September – December
  • Sea-run cutthroat: July – September

What Are the Types of Fish?

The cold, temperate Olympic Peninsula waters are productive habitats for many fish species, including:

  • King salmon: This is the largest Pacific salmon species. Other vernacular names for this species include spring salmon, Tyee salmon and Quinnat salmon. They are anadromous fish native to the North Pacific Ocean. Due to overfishing, we are not able to fish King Salmon until further notice.
  • Coho salmon: This is one of the many species of Pacific salmon. They are also called silver salmon or “silvers.”
  • Steelhead: This is a species of salmonid native to the Pacific Ocean in North America and Asia.
  • Bull trout: The Bull trout’s fins have white leading edges. Its mouth and head are unusually large for salmonids, which gives it its name. We don’t target bull trout, as they are a protected species. But anglers can hook and land them occasionally. When this happens, it’s best to release them.
  • Sea-run cutthroat: This species is also known as the coastal cutthroat or harvest trout and is one of the many cutthroat subspecies found in Western North America.

Why Choose All Rivers for Guided Fishing?

All Rivers offers anglers the highest quality guided fishing trips while treating them with the utmost respect. We provide the necessary tools to make great catches, including potential trophy fish.

Visit our guided fishing and pricing trip booking page for a fishing license and more information about our fishing charters.