Jason Maloney (left) from Kayak Brinnon can tell you all about kayak crabbing on Hood Canal. Single and tandem kayaks and paddle boards may be rented by the hour, full day, 24 hours, or for multiple days. Meet Kayak Brinnon at its Yelvik’s Beach location for hourly rentals. They also have cool tours to the Duckabush or Dosewallips rivers, Pulali Point, and instruction for beginners. Scuba Diving? Olympic Peninsula Dive Sites. Seattle P-I: Diving Hood Canal: Brace yourself for a really cool experience.
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. The short trail to the lake (less than a half mile) runs through old growth forest habitat filled iwth very large Doug Firs and Western Red Cedars, Sword, Licorice and Deer Ferns, horsetails and Piggyback Plant. According to Dept of Ecology information, this forest has survived numerous forest fires and includes Doug Firs that exceed 300 yrs of age.
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. 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.