Hood Canal, a glacier-carved fjord on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, is famous for its fresh shellfish. The wild and scenic Dosewallips and Duckabush rivers feed into Hood Canal. The Brinnon area has bountiful marine life in virtually pristine waters.  Page contents (click to jump):ShrimpCrabFishOysters & ClamsRegulations & Licenses

Tide Predictions 2011

NOAA Tide Predictions for Hood Canal, 2011


Your best source for information on licenses, daily limits, season, restrictions, etc. is the Fishing In Washington Sport Fishing Rules regulation pamphlet 7.4 mgs



Hood Canal, Marine Area 12: Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 7, 11, 14 and 25. Additional dates and times may be announced if sufficient quota remains.

Please make sure you check for emergency rule changes before you harvest: Fishing Rule Change Hotline at (360) 902-2500 Shellfish Rule Change Hotline at 1-866-880-5431 Or, try the new WDFW Emergency Rules Updates & News.

Additionally, for shellfish, make sure to call the Dept. of Health Marine Toxins PSP Hotline at 1-800-562-5632. See Fishin' for shrimp in Hood Canal from

DAILY LIMIT OF 80 SHRIMP. Shrimp heads may be removed while in the field, prior to coming ashore. See WDFW Recreational Shrimp Fishing Rules.




Dungeness and Red Rock Crab, opens July 1, 2011


Marine Area 12 - Hood Canal opens at 7:00 a.m. July 1, 2011. Open Wednesdays through Saturdays only through September 5, 2011, but open the entire Labor Day weekend (September 4 - 6).

All Puget Sound crab fishers 15 years of age or older must have an annual license. A catch card is required for all See WDFW crab rules for Hood Canal, or call shellfish rules hotline at 866-880-5431, or locally at 360-796-3235. See Puget Sound Sport Crab Fishing home page, complete with video on "Crabbing Basics."


Oyster regulation: Must be 2 1/2 inches, 18 allowed per day, must be shucked on beach, leave shells at the same place and tide height where they where collected.

Clam regulation: Must be 1 1/2 inches, maximum of 40 clams, not to exceed 10 lbs. in the shell, all species combined except Geoducks or Horse Clams.

Harvesting shellfish from anywhere except beaches you own requires a license. Collect only your legal limit and obey seasons and harvesting regulations that apply to certain species. Never harvest shellfish from private beaches without permission from the owner.

Before digging contact Redtide Hotline: 1-800-562-5632.


Devil's Lake (12 acres): Two miles south of Quilcene. Last Saturday in April through October 31 open season. This small lake has good fishing for cutthroat up to 11 inches. Access is hike-in only.

See Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Background on How To Catch Salmon & The Five Species of Salmon

Gibbs Lake (37 acres): Three miles southwest of Chimacum. Year-round open season. Selective gear rules are in effect for all species, except electric motors are allowed. Trout fishing is catch-and-release only, with standard statewide rules for other species, which include largemouth bass and brown bullhead catfish. Gibbs is also scheduled for a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout this year. This lake is under Jefferson County Parks jurisdiction, with limited access and no developed boat launch.

Leland Lake (100 acres): About five miles north of Quilcene on Highway 101. Year-round open season. Good fishing for rainbows up to a foot long, with good largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie fishing during the warm weather and good fall fishing for lunker rainbows. The WDFW access has a paved boat ramp and two toilets.

WDFW says that the yearly Chum run in Hood Canal is over one million fish and that it is underfished by sportfishermen. They are the most abundant wild salmon in the state.

See Hood Canal Chum Salmon Fishing from Puget Sound Anglers. See Brinnon Merchants on where to get local info on fishing, fishing license, tackle and gear. Public boat launch available at Pt. Whitney Shellfish lab and Dosewallips State Park. Marine services and moorage available at Pleasant Harbor Marina.

Both the Dosewallips and Duckabush are considered important rivers for chinook and summer chum salmon habitat. The rivers are currently the focus of intense study and fishing in them is limited. Hatchery Steelhead can be taken in the rivers, some trout in the lakes.

Regulations & Licenses

WDFW Fishing & Shellfishing Rules

Statewide Gear Rules - crab, shrimp & crawfish

For more information, call Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory for recorded update: 360-796-4601. Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Fishing & Shellfishing Fishing Hotline: 360-902-2500. See WDFW Hood Canal Shellfish Regulations for updates See for background

Licenses are available at the Brinnon store and Cove R/V Park at the interection of Bee Mill Road and Highway 101.

Squid? In the 1970s a huge population of squid appeared off Pt. Whitney. Squid jiggers had a field day, and then the squid - known for their unpredictability - mysteriously disappeared. They may re-appear at anytime and can be found at various places in the Puget Sound. No license is required for squid jigging, and the season is open year-round.