Fishing and Shellfishing in the Quilcene, Brinnon and Hood Canal Area

Shellfishing is immensely popular in the Hood Canal where families and commercial growers enjoy bountiful harvests of oysters, clams, shrimp, and crab. Crab and shrimp pots are built and sold locally, and buckets, shovels, rakes, and other shellfish harvesting equipment can be found in local stores. Brinnon also hosts the annual Hood Canal ShrimpFest which occurs over Memorial Day weekend. Fishing and shellfish licenses can be bought at the Brinnon General Store on Hwy 101 in Brinnon. Check the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife website for seasons, gear restrictions, and regulations.

The Hood Canal (Marine Area 12) and nearby rivers and streams offer some excellent salmon and trout fishing opportunities. The Quilcene National Fish Hatchery raises coho salmon that return to the Big Quilcene River. Catch-and-release freshwater fisheries are common for other species of salmon and trout in the area.


Quilcene and BrinnonQuilcene, WA, 98376
United States
47° 49' 27.4728" N, 122° 52' 32.4264" W
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Quilcene and BrinnonQuilcene, WA, 98376