Winter Steelhead, Chum Salmon, Sea-Run Cutthroat
Enters Hoods Canal at Brinnon
Drive north from Shelton on U.S.101 to Dosewallips State Park or continue past the park and turn left (west) on Dosewallips Road parallel to the north side of the river for several miles.
Dosewallips State Park is one of the newer, more modern facilities in the Washington State Park system and offers 40 RV sites with complete hookups, as well as restrooms and showers. It also offers several hundred yards of river access for anglers. Nearby Brinnon General Store has groceries, tackle, and fishing licenses. The Bayshore Motel is right on the highway at the intersection of Dosewallips Road.
Fishing the Dosewallips River:
Steelhead fishing has been on the decline in this river for years. Once a river that would give up hundreds of fish now might give up 25-30 winter run steelhead. The Dosewallips has a good run of Chum salmon in November and December, and there’s usually a short Chum season during that time. Chum fishing is usually open only from the U.S.101 bridge downstream. Be sure to check your regulation pamphlet. Every other year you might run into a Pink salmon or two on this watershed. Sea-Run Cutthroats are lightly fished here but can provide good action after a Fall rain storm. But remember all wild Cutthroat’s must be released, and the river isn’t stocked with hatchery fish.