There certainly are plenty of trout on the Olympic Peninsula waters. We don't have the kind of "resident" trout fishing that many other regions enjoy, but we do have enough to keep most fishermen happy, if they are willing to do the work. There are cutthroat that never stay from the streams or lakes, and there are cutthroat that go to sea every spring, to return in the later summer or fall. And there are some resident rainbows, (termed "residualized steelhead"), that are caught on occasion. And we do have some summer steelhead. There's Bull Trout too. And some of the mountain lakes have some brook trout left. The beaches have good fishing for sea-run coastal cutthroat trout too.Hi I was wondering if anyone knows of places to fish on the Olympic peninsula for trout. I like moving water from small creeks up. I would like places for day trips from kitsap county.
Salvy, Go to the "Blue Moose Cafe", in the Boat Haven, at the Port of Port Townsend. The entrance is across from the McDonald's, at the traffic light next to the Safeway. Go into the Boat Haven two blocks. The Blue Moose is on the left. They serve only breakfast until 2 p.m. on the weekends. On weekdays they serve breakfast until 11. Lunch is then served until 2. Real Food. The coffee is roasted fresh daily, next door at the Sunrise Coffee Company.What a gem of a book from Doug Rose. I have three of his. Are there any others?
Also, Triggs, thanks for the Sea J's recommendation for fish and chips (read from another thread). I went by there after work today and surprised the wife with brews and fried fish. It was delicious.
Also, I remember from my "Made it" thread that some folks were talking of bad-ass breakfast joints around Port Townsend. Please inform me. I'm assuming there is no spot burning associated with this. If so, forgive my uncouth request.
I have plans to hit my first SRC beach next week. Cross your fingers. I'll report back.
Actually called ONP visitors center yesterday and discovered the Elhwa is open to fish now as far as dam removal goes, but they are repairing a washed out bridge and the trail is closed to public til repair is complete...late Sept/early Oct!!! STOKED!!(except for the Elwha which is still closed to trout fishing during salmonid/steelhead restoration post dam removal). Check the park's web site for current regulations
I think you may have been misinformed. WDFW says it's closed to fishing and so does the Park's website.Actually called ONP visitors center yesterday and discovered the Elhwa is open to fish now as far as dam removal goes, but they are repairing a washed out bridge and the trail is closed to public til repair is complete...late Sept/early Oct!!! STOKED!!
Yep, I've been up there a few times. It's a wonderful place. I hope to go back some day. Like Ed, I wonder if the person you talked to is misinformed, and I also hope you have a great trip. I only wonder because all the planning documents I ever read said it was going to be at least 5 years after all dams were removed before fishing would re-open.Thanks for the kudos Matt. And this location is the absolute most beautiful fishing hike my wife and I have ever taken and we were there for several days. I would never dream of doing anything to spoil this phenomenal resource. Only hope perhaps with the change in the river biology to hook a little larger fish this trip. But I have to be honest, when we went last time after the hike we made and the skinny water we finished, a 13 inch trout seems like trophy to me
This is in error. With all due respects, the Visitor Center is not the best accurate source for this kind of information. You need to talk to the fisheries office at Olympic National Park for clarification. The Elwha trail may be open or closed, depending upon river restoration related activities, road and trail conditions, etc. But the actual fishing is still closed.Actually called ONP visitors center yesterday and discovered the Elhwa is open to fish now as far as dam removal goes, but they are repairing a washed out bridge and the trail is closed to public til repair is complete...late Sept/early Oct!!! STOKED!!