collapse
For a Day of FISHING & EXCITEMENT Come enjoy an Epic Fishing Adventure

Author Topic: Stream or stillwater fishing in Olympic National Forest?  (Read 405 times)

Offline Tjkride

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jun 2017
  • Posts: 113
  • Location: Fort Lewis
    • TJ Kenney
  • Groups: NRA
Stream or stillwater fishing in Olympic National Forest?
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:55:14 PM »
The wife, son, dogs, and I are taking a couple day hiking trip up there this coming weekend and I wasnt sure how the fishing is or even what lure or bait to use. This is my first time on this side of the country. I'll be using an ultra lite trout rod and reel and 4lb test line cause thats what I always keep in my hiking bag. I always used small spinners and good old fashioned crawlers or shiners back home. Most of the time I'll use bait I find near where I'm fishin because hey, whats better than what they are actually eating? Any advice is appreciated.
Practical accuracy and a packable rifle.
Blued steel and walnut is always better.

Offline Bullkllr

  • Off-Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Aug 2007
  • Posts: 3080
  • Location: Graham
Re: Stream or stillwater fishing in Olympic National Forest?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 05:08:57 PM »
You should be congratulated for being adventurous; a two day hiking trip on the peninsula this time of year is not for the faint-hearted.

Fishing- really depends on where you are planning on going. I wish I could say the regs are not complicated, but have you taken a look at the book WDFW puts out?

There's not a ton of lakes, and most might not be open.

Some rivers are open under winter regs, which basically means steelhead and whitefish. You can fish for trout, but as noted it's complicated. Most smaller streams will not open until June. Stream regs are designed to protect salmon and steelhead smolts... they're not really managed as trout fisheries.

Hope this helps. I might be able to give more pointers with more specific locations.
"yoogle that on your google"

Offline Tjkride

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jun 2017
  • Posts: 113
  • Location: Fort Lewis
    • TJ Kenney
  • Groups: NRA
Re: Stream or stillwater fishing in Olympic National Forest?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 05:48:05 PM »
We will be short hiking. Hike for the day and back out for a nice room at night. No way would the family or the dogs for that matter agree to sleep out there with me. However is most areas for fishing will be closed I will have to avert my attention elsewhere. Thank you for the response, this forum has been truly great.
Practical accuracy and a packable rifle.
Blued steel and walnut is always better.

Offline Dan-o

  • Site Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Old Salt
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2010
  • Posts: 8894
Re: Stream or stillwater fishing in Olympic National Forest?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 06:05:52 PM »
We will be short hiking. Hike for the day and back out for a nice room at night. No way would the family or the dogs for that matter agree to sleep out there with me. However is most areas for fishing will be closed I will have to avert my attention elsewhere. Thank you for the response, this forum has been truly great.

Welcome to the site, BTW.

I've read several of your posts and appreciate your outlook.

I can't help with Peninsula fishing, but hit me up next Fall.

I'm in Auburn, and would be happy to take you on a local (Auburn) duck hunt on private ground that is lightly hunted.

Member:   Yakstrakgutp (or whatever we are)
I love the BFRO!!!
I wonder how many people will touch their nose to their screen trying to read this...

Offline Tjkride

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jun 2017
  • Posts: 113
  • Location: Fort Lewis
    • TJ Kenney
  • Groups: NRA
Re: Stream or stillwater fishing in Olympic National Forest?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2018, 06:15:59 PM »
I will take most any offer on a chance to put some meat in the freezer. I must admit, most of my waterfowl hunting is stalking through swamps and marshes with shallow waters and fetching my own birds.
Practical accuracy and a packable rifle.
Blued steel and walnut is always better.

Offline dreamunelk

  • Off-Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *
  • Join Date: Jan 2009
  • Posts: 1922
Re: Stream or stillwater fishing in Olympic National Forest?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2018, 06:18:00 PM »
This time of year you are better off leaving the rod and reel at home unless you are going after Stealhead.  Where are you thinking of going.  West or East side?

Offline Tjkride

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jun 2017
  • Posts: 113
  • Location: Fort Lewis
    • TJ Kenney
  • Groups: NRA
Re: Stream or stillwater fishing in Olympic National Forest?
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2018, 06:19:51 PM »
West side, more like than not. My wife lives the ocean and want to hike for a day near it.
Practical accuracy and a packable rifle.
Blued steel and walnut is always better.

Offline JimmyHoffa

  • Virtual Campfire
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Explorer
  • *
  • Join Date: Sep 2010
  • Posts: 10192
  • Location: 150 Years Too Late
Re: Stream or stillwater fishing in Olympic National Forest?
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2018, 06:27:17 PM »
West side, more like than not. My wife lives the ocean and want to hike for a day near it.
The ocean would mostly fall in the national park.  Except for a couple beaches, they don't allow dogs.  But on the plus side, there are surf perch; but that might require a little longer casting rod.

Offline Tjkride

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jun 2017
  • Posts: 113
  • Location: Fort Lewis
    • TJ Kenney
  • Groups: NRA
Re: Stream or stillwater fishing in Olympic National Forest?
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2018, 06:43:28 PM »
Thats what I was concerned about, not many places the dogs can go in the park, I want to stick to the Forest side as much as I can. My little 4 foot trout rod wont make the surf caster list? Haha
Practical accuracy and a packable rifle.
Blued steel and walnut is always better.

 

* Recent Topics

Idaho results by theleo
[Today at 11:56:36 AM]


Who drew by Smokey Bear
[Today at 11:53:27 AM]


Peaches by BULLBLASTER
[Today at 11:50:20 AM]


The one that got away... by Skyvalhunter
[Today at 11:48:54 AM]


My dad drew the little naches disabled tag! by Skyvalhunter
[Today at 11:47:58 AM]


Bethel Muzzleloader Bull by SkookumHntr
[Today at 11:45:15 AM]


It's almost that time folks.....Come on in.. by N7XW
[Today at 11:37:25 AM]


IT'S ON WDFW!!!!!! NO CONFIRMATION EMAIL!!!!!! REDRAW!!!! by yakimanoob
[Today at 11:31:57 AM]


Mt. View Unit by Timberstalker
[Today at 11:29:54 AM]


Budget friendly spotter by yakimanoob
[Today at 11:29:03 AM]


Wdfw drawing fiasco explanation by Karl Blanchard
[Today at 11:27:52 AM]


Looking for a Guide/Charter in Ketchikan AK by nutntoit
[Today at 11:25:32 AM]


Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic- Spokane area by nutntoit
[Today at 11:20:42 AM]


WTT Eotech Vudu 3.5-18x50 scope by mallardaddict
[Today at 11:20:05 AM]


Outlawing electrical mountain bikes in Washington? by kentrek
[Today at 11:17:29 AM]


Idaho Super Hunt Results by idaho guy
[Today at 11:10:29 AM]


Sheep Tag, Yahoo by Jimmybelltown
[Today at 10:59:27 AM]


F/S:Nosler Model 48 Patriot "26 Nosler" added pics by elkaholic123
[Today at 10:56:12 AM]


Couple in the family by First timer
[Today at 10:50:30 AM]


Halibut by WSU
[Today at 10:47:50 AM]