Humptulips River

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Species:
Winter and Summer Run Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Chum Salmon, Sea-Run Cutthroat
Location:
Flows into Grays Harbor North of Hoquiam
Directions:
Take Highway 101 north from Hoquiam, driving about 22 miles to the middle portion of the river. To reach the lower portion of the river, turn left (west) of of Highway 101 onto Ocean Beach Road about 3 miles north of Hoquiam and follow it for 10 miles to the river.
Facilities:
There are various boat ramps with various qualities off East Humptulips and McNutt Roads, both of which are upstream from Highway 101 bridge, and several spots off Copalis Crossing Road, which runs along the west side of the river between U.S.101 and Copalis Crossing. There’s also a good paved ramp off Ocean Beach Road a mile or so above the mouth of the river. Food and gas are available in the town of Humptulips. Tackle, lodging, and other facilities can be found in Hoquiam, Aberdeen, or Ocean Shores.
Fishing the Humptulips:
If you like catching fresh fish from the ocean, this may be the place for you. Many freshwater salmon and steelhead anglers count the “Hump” as their favorite, and the cutthroat fishing can be every bit as good. The best cutthroat fishing will be found in October, while sea-run trout are available from August to November.
Winter steelheading is best in December and January, when good numbers of hatchery fish return to the river, and again in March and April, when catching includes huge wild fish. If a 20# steelhead is in your desire the Humptulips is the place to go. Boat fishing offers definite advantages, but there are plenty of good places to fish from the shoreline, including right underneath the Highway 101 bridge, and near the fish hatchery about 2 miles downstream from the highway bridge. Although summer steelhead smolts are planted in the Humptulips, summer steelheading here is nothing to write home about. Persistent anglers catch a few dozen fish a month from June to September. Salmon fishing is another matter, since the Humptulips ranks up among the Northwest’s finest fall season streams. Things start happening around September, when good number of chinooks return to the river. Some are brutes topping 40 pounds or more, and their strong enough to you down and stomp all over you. This chinook run lasts longer than any other river in Washington, as anglers continue to catch fresh kings until November. Long before they disappear , both coho and chum salmon will enter the river, and on a given day you could catch one of each species. The coho and chum fishing usually tapers off about Thanksgiving, but don’t be suprised to find a few stragglers fro either species around in the river into late January.
humptulips 10-19-2012

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