Deschutes River Tumwater , WA

Deschutes River Tumwater, WA

Located in Olympia, WA


Deschutes River Fishing:


The Deschutes River stretches approximately 50 miles long, originating in the Cascade mountains and emptying out into Budd inlet located in Olympia Washington. The Deschutes offers a variety of fishing opportunities with sea run Cutthroat, Salmon, and Steelhead. The river is mostly known for it’s King Salmon run during the fall, but the upper is great for trout fishing. For Deschutes river fishing access see our Lunker maps below.


Salmonoid Species:


Chinook (King Salmon)



When to Fish

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This river generally opens up for Salmon season in July and closes around mid October. Trout on the Deschutes are generally catch and release.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for exact times.


Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 6 Salmon per day but only 2 may be adults.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for details.


Preferred Fishing Tackle:

One single point barbless hook. Corky and yarn, Jigs or spinners,


Only allowed Sept-Oct Best choice Sand Shrimp and Eggs


Not Allowed!
**See Washington State fishing REGS for details.


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next possibly a steelhead jig, or corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection recommended!


Deschutes River Water levels


USGS Water-data graph for site 12080010


Deschutes River Discharge Rate


USGS Water-data graph for site 12080010


Deschutes River Water Levels are provided by the United States Geological Survey data system.


Deschutes River Fishing Access:


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