Winter Steelhead, Chinook, Coho, Chum and Pink Salmon, Cutthroat Resident and Sea-Run
Flows into the south end of Hoods Canal in Mason County
Take U.S.101 north from Shelton and turn left (north) on Skokomish Valley Road to drive upsteam. To reach lower portions of the river, turn east of U.S.101 onto Purdy Cutoff Road and follow the river downstream.
A Forest Service campground is located on the upper South Fork Skokomish, at the mouth of Brown Creek. Potlach State Park, about five miles north of the river on U.S.101 has two dozen camping sites, some with RV hookups. Food, gas, tackle and lodging are available in Shelton to the south and Hoodsport to the north.
Fishing the “Skoke”
The Skokomish is stocked with 20,000 to 30,000 winter steelhead smolts each year, the annual sport catch seldom tops 100 fish for the entire season. The North Fork of the Skokomish, is damned in two places to form Cushman and Kokanee Lakes, provides virtually no steelheading opportunity. The South Fork of the Skokomish is paralleled by the Skokomish Valley Road and other Forest Service roads cutting off the main road to the right. As for salmon fishing, the best is provided by the chinook run in August and September, followed by the coho and chum salmon. Thanksgiving usually marks the peak of the run for the chum salmon.
Sea-run Cutthroating is fair here, but remember all wild cutt’s must be released. Make sure to check all rules and regulations, as they might change from year to year.
Troy and Scott Barrows fishing the “Skoke” with a limit of Kings, August 2012. In 2012 the Skokomish was open for a total of 24 days to chinook fish in the month of August only. After that it was open from Sept.16 through Dec.15. Daily bag limit of 6, which up to 4 may be adults. Release chinook. Release chum from Sept. 16 through Oct. 15. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for other specific regulations.