Summer and Winter Steelhead, Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout
Flows into the Snoqaulmie River near Carnation.
Take Highway 203 to Carnation and turn east on Tolt River Road, which parallels the river on the north side.
Food and gas are available in Carnation, and all other amenities can be found in Monroe.
Fishing the Tolt River:
December, January, and February are the top months to fish this little Snoqualmie River tributary if youre looking for anything that resembles consistent fishing opportunities. The Tolt is far short of a sure thing, but these are the months that the bulk of the adult steelhead return to the hatchery. The last report on smolts was in 2008, fish and game released 25,000 steelhead smolts. The rivers smolt plants are inconsistent due to financial restraints from the Tokul Hatchery.
Surprisingly good numbers of resident rainbow trout as well as cutthroat are found in the Tolt’s upper reaches, near the forks. Expect very good fishing for trout `12 inches or larger, but keep in mind the 14-inch minimum size limit below the forks. Selective gear rules are in effect from June 1 through November 30. Check the latest regulations pamphlet for complete season information and special area closure. The main fork also supports winter steelhead and limited summer steelhead fisheries. All wild steelhead must be released.