Best Fisheries in the Pacific Northwest
Lake Crescent is the most unique lake in the Olympic Peninsula area. Fish over twenty inches are not uncommon and there is a healthy population of mid-size fish as well. Lake Crescent is a large, deep lake that is crystal clear with incredible visibility. There is some dry fly action here at times, mainly just fishing a larger pattern blindly in the chop. The fish are very opportunistic and will cruise in search of anything edible. Streamer patterns like Deceivers, scuplins, and black leeches work well.
Lake Crescent is known for its one-of-kind Beardsley Trout, identified by its unusual head that takes up 1/3 of its body. Fishing regulations, see below, are strictly 'catch and release' in hopes of bringing back the native Beardsley and Crescenti trout populations.
Olympic National Park, from time-to-time, announces changes to fishing regulations at Lake Crescent. It is strongly suggested that guests check for the latest information prior to embarking on their fishing adventure.
NOTE: Lake Crescent Lodge does not offer fishing equipment, but guests are encouraged to bring their own rod, reel, and wading gear, as Lake Crescent is renowned for its fly-fishing.
Visit Fairholme General Store on Lake Crescent, a great stop for through-travelers (sandwiches, snacks and soft-serve ice cream), tourists (souvenirs or kayak/canoe rentals) or campers (supplies and sundries). Our friendly staff can assist with finding items you may need for your visit as well as suggestions on fun area activities.
The waters just outside our front door are rich with a variety of fish, including steelhead, salmon, and trout. Steelhead fishing is popular mid-February to mid-April. Check with the U.S. Forest Service for all fishing regulations. Fishing in Lake Quinault for trout is permitted during the summer months only. Fishing for salmon in the lake is NOT permitted but you are allowed to fish for salmon in the lower Quinault River with a licensed guide. Guide information is available at the front desk.
Lake Quinault Lodge front desk staff can provide you with information about local fishing guide services (tribal and non-tribal). Fishing trips can be customized to meet your needs. Bait and other fishing supplies are available at the nearby General store. Box lunches ordered the night before at fishing trip are available for early-morning pick-up at the Lake Quinault Lodge front desk.
NOTE: Since this area of the Olympic Peninsula includes both U.S. Forest Service and Tribal lands, be sure to inquire about regulations and license requirements. To learn more, view this Quinault Indian Nation fishing & boating document.