Fishing is something that a lot of people really appreciate and in Hoquiam there’s the Hoquiam River and of course the coast that offers a variety of possibilities for amateur and sports fishermen alike. Fishing is a very relaxing activity and develops your patience and knowledge about the different kinds of fish and their habitat.
If you get to Hoquiam town you might want to ask around for some local help in getting to the better spots for angling along the Hoquiam River. The species that you most likely will encounter are steelhead smolts, Coho Salmon and Chinook, with the steelheads stocked from hatcheries and the Salmon coming in during the fall season. The river is not a sporting fisherman’s dream location but is rather a decent enough spot for some quite, recreational fishing.
Salmon fishing is strictly regulated with existing regulations on the number, size and method of taking in keepers strongly encouraged. As mentioned earlier the salmon species that can be found in Hoquiam’s waters are Chinook or king salmon and Coho with both fish being valued for their flesh whether smoked or cooked masterfully by whomever.
Anglers in Hoquiam have been most recently limited to the use of single, barbless hooks during the fall salmon season. As in all areas managed or overseen by fish and wildlife, strict regulations are enforced and various penalties and sanctions can be imposed if you are found to be in violation of such rules and regulations, so it is prudent to ask and or research first on such details before enjoying Hoquiam’s fish and wildlife adventures.
For those who do not know, salmon are fish that have this amazing behavior when breeding or spawning rather, the fish actually swim back to the same rivers where they were also spawned by their parent fish while they grow and spend most of their adult life in the open ocean. Salmon swim against the current to get to their spawning grounds with some species dying off after completing their cycle of reproduction and beginning the cycle for the new batch of salmon that after a few weeks after hatching will go back to the sea to re start the life cycle of their species.
The Hoquiam waterfront and coast area offer a marine habitat where amateur or sports anglers can find piers, bridge abutments and aged pilings that are perfect hiding and ambush spots for perch on an incoming tide. Perch and striped sea perch are in relatively good numbers. If you are looking for more sporty fish that give a good fight then sea-run cutthroats are the fish for you. Anglers are allowed to keep at least two specimens a day as long as they satisfy fishing regulations that state that a keeper must be fourteen inches in length. Aside from fishing the waterfront also offers a wide range of other waterborne and marine recreational activities, more so when it is fully developed into a first class facility.
Before or after fishing or going through with your Hoquiam nature experience you can also take time to appreciate and absorb some history and culture that the people of Hoquiam has been able to preserve as part of their communities heritage. Part of this heritage is the Polson museum that serves as a depository for Hoquiam City’s history. They also have the Hoquiam Castle and the Historic Olympic stadium and 7th street theatre. All of which are historical landmarks that amazingly are still serving their purpose as venues for Hoquiam’s culture and heritage. Hoquiam city is also host to the very famous Loggers Playday, an annual event that shares the lumber industry’s influence if not the golden era of Hoquiam as a community to people from all walks of life.
Accessing the Hoquiam River can be done through a boat ramp near the mouth of the Hoquiam River at 28th street in Aberdeen.