Big Quile Estate

Photo of Quilcene River On Roger Street Side.

Quilcene River at Roger Street Access.

Located in Quilcene WA


Quilcene River Fishing:

Although there are not many access points on this fishery, the Quilcene river has one of the best Coho runs in the state. When the run is hot, many anglers will catch their limit every day till the run starts to taper off. Cookie cutters are in the 5lbs range and if you happen to get there at the beginning of the run, many fish you catch will still have the sea lice on them. Over the years, this has become one of my personal favorite Lunker locations. The Quilcene river has provided my family with some of the best eating salmon in the world and pretty much every season this little river fills the freezer with much-appreciated meat. Be aware that this is a hot spot thus combat fishing rating is hand to hand combat and combat fishing gear is required. If you are not into standing shoulder to shoulder this river may not be the fishery for you.


Salmoniod Species:

Silver Salmon

Coho (Silver) Salmon

Coho (Silver Salmon)


When to Fish

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This river is catch and release pretty much year round, but from mid August till the end of October it is open to Salmon fishing.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for exact times.


Daily Limit

This fishery generally allows 4 Coho per day, Min size of 12″ in length.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for details.


Preferred Fishing Tackle:

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



Not Allowed!



Not Allowed!


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location orange corky and yarn, or yarn and hook, and lastly a orange or pink blue fox spinner #4.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection is recommended!


Quilcene River Fishing Access:

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