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Quinault River - Quinault Lake - Washington

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Afternoon Size 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stonefly Morning through afternoon Size 16-20 Black Stones
February Winter Steelhead All Day Size 6-2 Ted's Green Butt Carbuncle, Pink Worm
March Winter Steelhead All Day Size 6-2 Purple Grape, Blue Moon
April Spring Chinook All Day Size 6-2 Spruce Fly, Comet
May Spring Chinook All Day Size 6-2 Firecracker Prawn, GP Prawn
June Summer Steelhead All Day Size 6-2 Freight Train, Cabellero Egg Sucking Leech
July Summer Steelhead All Day Size 6-2 Purple Peril, Skagit Minnow
August Summer Steelhead All Day Size 6-2 Coho Blue, Undertaker
Fall Chinook All Day Size 6-2 Jumbo Critter, Flash Fly
September Summer Steelhead All Day Size 6-2 Green Butt Skunk, Freight Train
Fall Chinook All Day Size 6-2 Hot Pink Comet, GP Orange Prawn
October Summer Steelhead All Day Size 6-2 Purple Grape, GP Orange Prawn
Fall Chinook All Day Size 6-2 Fire Red Flash Fly, Flash Orange Comet
November Winter Steelhead All Day Size 6-2 Jumbo Smolt, Green Butt Skunk
December Winter Steelhead All Day Size 6-2 Blue Moon, GP Orange Prawn

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Renowned for its abundant stock of salmon and steelhead, the Quinault River – Quinault Lake in Washington offers some amazing fishing spots. If you plan to fly fish, make sure to check these hot spots.

  • Mainstem Quinault: Both Upper and Lower Quinault provide excellent fishing opportunities. Particularly from February to April for winter steelhead, and from September for salmon.
  • North Fork Quinault: Ideal for cutthroat trout and rainbow trout. It is perfect during the summer and fall season, prior to first heavy rains.
  • Quinault Lake: This deep blue lake’s western shore is a fantastic spot for chum salmon fly fishing during fall season.
  • East Fork Quinault: Perfect place during the late summer for trout fishing including brook trout.

Always respect tribal regulations and ensure you have acquired necessary permits if exploring the Quinault Indian Nation territories.

Best Access Points

The Quinault River – Quinault Lake offers prime fly fishing and several access points for anglers:

  • Graves Creek Bridge: Easy public access and great for steelhead fishing.
  • Quinault Lodge: Direct access to Quinault lake for prime trout fishing.
  • Rain Forest Resort Village: Provides access to the lower portion of the lake.
  • Quinault River North Fork Trail: Perfect for adventurous anglers providing access to exclusive fly fishing spots on the river.

It’s important to note that fishing regulations vary seasonally, and the entirety of the Quinault is located within the Quinault Indian Reservation – a fishing license from the Quinault Indian Nation is required.

Local Fish

  • Chinook Salmon: Also known as King Salmon, this fish is one of the largest and most popular targets for fly fishers.
  • Steelhead Trout: Known for their aggressive bites and acrobatic displays after being hooked, these are a favorite for those seeking challenge and excitement.
  • Coho Salmon: This salmon type is known for their tenacity and power, testing angler’s line strength and fishing skills.
  • Chum Salmon: These are a staple in freshwater fly fishing due to their predictable behaviors and migrations.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Renowned for their beautiful coloring, Cutthroat Trout are a prized catch for many anglers.
  • Sockeye Salmon: Sockeyes are known for their bright red coloring during spawning periods. They are challenging to catch due to their selective feeding habits.
  • Pink Salmon: The smallest of the salmon variety, they are abundant and put up a spirited fight, making them a fun catch for beginners and experienced anglers alike.
  • Bull Trout: This trout species is sought after due to their strength and size, making them a worthy adversary for seasoned anglers.

About The River

The Quinault River – Quinault Lake are nestled within the heart of Washington. The river, which originates from the lake, is a notable tributary of the Pacific Ocean. This dynamic duo forms an integral part of the Olympic Peninsula’s ecosystem.

Quinault Lake is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and is widely recognized as the ‘gem of the Olympics’. The lake came into existence due to the gradual melting of glaciers thousands of years ago.

  • All around the lake, majestic evergreen forests create a serene ambiance that beckons nature lovers.
  • The Quinault Indian Nation, a federally recognized tribe, resides close by and holds significant cultural importance to the area.

Meanwhile, the Quinault River is a vibrant habitat for a variety of aquatic species, including several types of salmon.

Today, the enchanting Quinault River and Lake continue to draw visitors from around the world, eager to behold their breathtaking beauty and bask in their serene and pristine surroundings.


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