Queets River

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Species:
Winter and Summer Steelhead, Chinook and Coho Salmon, Sea-Run Cutthroat
Location:
Enters the Pacific Ocean at Queets near the Jefferson-Grays Harbor County line.
Directions:
Take U.S.101 north from Hoquiam about 60 miles and turn (right) north on Queets River Road, at the county line. Follow the road, which roughly parallels the river, upstream as far as 14 miles.
Facilities:
Queets River Campground is at the end of Queets River Road and has tent spots with no hookups of any kind. The nearest food and lodging are in the town of Kalaloch, with all the amenities available to the south in Amanda Park.
Fishing the Queets River:
Winter steelheading is the rivers biggest draw, especially since large numbers of hatchery steelhead smolts started being planted in the Salmon River back in the 1980’s. That’s why most of the winter fishing pressure, both boat and bank, is concentrated from the mouth of the Salmon downstream. The most popular drift boat trip is from a large gravel bar about a mile above the Salmon down to the Clearwater Bridge, a drift of just about five miles. Three other commonly used boat-launching spots are located above Mud Creek, above Matheny Creek, and at Queets River Campground at the end of Queets River Road. These upstream drifts may not produce as many fish, but the chances of hooking a wild large steelhead are just as good, and you’re not as likely to see other anglers. There’s also some beautiful fishing water and equally beautiful scenery to be enjoyed. The Queets produces 400 to 1,000 winter steelhead a year, with January and February providing the biggest numbers. If you’re willing to fish longer and harder for one crack ata a big fish, try it in March or April.
Fall Kings start shoring up in the river in September, depending on the rain, and lasting through November, with the Coho entering the river in the latter part of September. As any of the coastal rivers in the late summer, early fall, it all depends on the rain….
Coastal Sea-Run Cutthroat fishing is at its best in the October and November months, but remember to check your regulations on the catch and release rules.
There where 413,000 coho smolts released in 2011 and these being three year fish, with a 6.5% survival rate, an estimated return of 27,000 to 31,000 fish returning in September and October of 2014.

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Queets River Stream Flow:
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/wa/nwis/uv/?site_no=12040500&PARAmeter_cd=00060,00065

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