Winter and Summer Steelhead, Chinook and Coho Salmon, Se-Run Cutthroat
Flows into the Pacific Ocean at Kalaloch
Take U.S.101 north from Hoquiam or west from Port Angeles. The highway parallels the south side of the river downstream from the Hoh River Bridge, where several gravel roads lead to the north, toward the river. Or turn west on the Lower Hoh Road just north of the bridge to drive down to the north side of the river. To reach the upper Hoh, turn east on the Upper Hoh Road about two miles north of the bridge.
A store and campground are located on the south side of the river just south of the bridge, with another store and campground on the upper river. Both campgrounds have cabins for rent. Motels and other amenities are available in Forks. Several Department of Natural Resources campgrounds are scattered along the river, including Cottonwood Campground on the lower Hoh, and Willoughby, Morgan’s Crossing, Spruce Creek, Huelsdonk, and Hoh Rain Forest Campgrounds on the upper river.
Fishing the Hoh River:
Liberal plants of more than 100,000 winter steelhead smolts and a self-sustaining run of summer steelhead combine to make the Hoh one of the better coastal steelhead rivers, despite rather intense tribal net fisheries at the mouth in the past. Anglers typically catch between 1,000 to 2,5000 winter-run steelhead here annually. March is generally the top producing month to fish the Hoh, but it also produces excellent catches from December to April. The river produces some monster fish, anywhere from the 15 to 30 pound range. The catch of summer-run is much smaller, usually from 300 to 500 fish, but that’s not bad at all when you consider that the Hoh is a dirty river from the glacial runoff on and off throughout the months in the summer. That runoff is what makes the Hoh a pristine river.
Summer salmon fishing can be very good here, especially for chinooks. There are some big spring-run fish in the river when it opens to fishing in May, and it’s possible to a catch a chinook salmon here from that point until September or even early October. While adult chinooks, some of them topping 40 pounds are the star attraction for salmon anglers, the river sometimes hosts large amounts of Jack salmon, and these 2-8 pound fish are loads of fun. Like their adult counter parts, large doses of Ghost Shrimp, and Roe will do the trick. Sea-Run Cutthroats start to enter the river in July, and by August the fishing can be quite good. Remember to release all wild Cutthroats, and all fish for that matter that are wild. Cutthroats will provide good fishing into November, and all you will need is a worm. The Hoh has a lot of downed trees, bush piles etc.. find the cover, find the Cutthroats. Several good bank fishing spots are available on both sides of the lower Hoh and off the road along the north side of the upper river. There are also a half a dozen drift boat launches and that is the way most anglers prefer to fish the river. Coho fishing starts in September and last throughout November, with the month of October providing the best of fishing. Spoons, spinners, and all medal blade lures will provide good action for the Coho run. The Quinnault Tribal Hatchey released 50,000 winter steelhead smolts into the Hoh River in (2012)