Queets River

Queets river in Jefferson County.

Queets river in Jefferson County.


Located in Jefferson, County WA


 

Queets River Fishing:

The Queets river is most widely known for excellent winter steelhead fishing but also offers opportunities for fall Chinook and Coho. The primary fishing activity takes place from the confluence with the Salmon river down to the mouth of the Queets, but the fishing can be fairly good from the Queets campground down.

The competition is pretty high in the lower regions of the river but the upper can produce decent result with less fishing pressure.
January and February provide the best numbers for Winter steelhead but March and April can produce trophy class fish. In September the Chinook enter the river and run till November, while Coho run in late September through October.

The Queets although a fairly small river system can be an upper tier fishery that can satisfy any salmon and steelhead fishing enthusiast.

 

Salmonid Species:

chinook

Chinook Salmon

Silver Salmon

Coho Salmon

steelhead

Steelhead

 

When to Fish

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Steelhead Season runs June through April, Salmon September through November.

**See Olympic National Parks REGS for exact times.

 

 

Daily Limits

National forest Regs apply on the upper and generally allow up to 2 salmon per day allowed and 2 hatchery steelhead.

**See Olympic National Parks REGS for details.

 

 

Preferred Tackle:

Single point barbless hooks are required certain times of the year, but barbed and treble hooks are allowed September through February on National Forest lands. See tribal regs for rules on fishing the lower. 

Bait:

Sand shrimp, and salmon eggs when allowed.

Stink:

Sand shrimp and salmon eggs when allowed!

 

Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next covering water with spinners and spoons or twitching jigs.

 

Combat Fishing Rating:

Medium to heavy fishing pressure.  The lower areas of the river can get crowded but the upper there is generally more room to breath.

Queets River Fishing Access:

 

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