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Fishing and Shellfishing in Port Townsend

The Olympic Peninsula is a great area for all types of fishing. Salmon is a popular catch, The Strait holds trophy halibut and lingcod and the rivers have wild rainbow trout.  It makes living on the west coast better ~ good fresh seafood and incredible places to fish!

Halibut and lingcod seasons open in May along with the shrimp season. June marks the opening of river and stream fishing throughout Washington. Crabbing opens in July on the Hood Canal and areas of northern Puget Sound. There are plenty of beaches in the area to gather clams and oysters, just remember "to call before you dig" if it is shellfish you are after, 1-800-562-5632.

You can crab and fish off most of the public docks in PT, Fort Worden Marine Science Center dock, Union Wharf and Port Hudson Jetty. All types of licenses are available at locations listed below.

Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" pamphlet for specific regulations and rule changes before you go.

Also check our Local Business Directory for resources.

Helpful Resources

Peninsula Sportsman Guide and Outfitting ServicePeninsula Sportsman Fishing

Peninsula Sportsman Guide and Outfitting Service offers a variety of fishing, crabbing and wildlife watching/ sightseeing charters in the Port Townsend area. Our expert local guides provide the best fishing our area has to offer for Halibut, Lingcod, Native Rainbow and Coastal sea-run Cutthroat Trout plus family-oriented activities such as Dungeness Crabbing, Clamming and Shrimping charters. All tackle provided on fishing and crabbing charters including rain gear if needed. Custom cleaning and packaging of your catch and cooking of crab is all taken care of aboard the charter boat so we can send your group with the makings for a fresh and delicious seafood dinner.

Phone: 360-379-0906; Email

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) - Statewide information on fishing and shellfishing (crabbing, clams, etc).
Phone: (360) 796-3215

WDFW Region 6 Coastal Washington/Olympic Peninsula - current information, conditions, reports and announcements.

WDFW Olympic Peninsula/Jefferson County Public Fishing Piers

WDFW Regulations - We are in Juan de Fuca/North Jefferson County Marine Area 6

Washington Lakes - Reader's Report on Lake Fishing in Washington

Puget Sound Anglers - East Jefferson County Chapter - Regional sport fishing organization.

Piscatorial Pursuits - Reports and questions on Olympic Peninsula fly fishing, and fish and watershed management concerns.

Salmon University: Port Townsend, aka Mid-Channel Bank

Where to get fishing licenses in East Jefferson County:

Dealer Phone Address City
Fish N Hole 360-385-7031 199 Benedict St Port Townsend 98368
Quimper Mercantile 360-385-9595 1121 Water St. Port Townsend 98368
Cove RV Park (Seasonal) 360-796-4723 303075 US Highway 101 Brinnon 98320
Brinnon General Store 360-796-4400 306413 US Highway 101 Brinnon 98320
Port Ludlow Marina 360-437-0513 1 Gull Lane Port Ludlow 98365

Peninsula Sportsman Guide and Outfitting Service - Fishing guiding and charters. 360-379-0906, Email.

Port Townsend Angler - Full-service fly fishing shop. 360-379-3763.

Bob Triggs - Little Stone Flyfisher - Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide. 360-385-9618 or 866-793-3595.

Crocker Lake
Jefferson North from Quilcene 8.6 mi. on Hwy 101, Right at Public Fishing sign
Leland Lake
Jefferson North from Quilcene 4.7 mi. on Hwy 101, West on Leland Cut-off Rd 1.4 mi., Left at Public Fishing sign
Morgans Crossing Hoh River Jefferson South from Forks 12 mi. on Hwy 101, East 7.4 mi on Upper Ho Road (Rain Forest Road), Right at Public Fishing-Morgans Crossing Sign
Quilcene River Quilcene
Jefferson South from Quilcene 2 mi. on Hwy 101, West before crossing the Quilcene River Bridge, access on right
Tarboo Lake
Jefferson North from Quilcene 5.5 mi. on Center Road, West on Tarboo Lake Rd 3 mi. on main gravel road to access at end of road
Van Ausdale Bogachiel
Jefferson South from Forks 7.6 mi. on Hwy 101, East on Bogachiel Rd
2.5 mi to access on left

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