Fishing & Hunting

Hunting in Willapa

Deer, elk, and duck hunting are very popular in Pacific County. Rules, regulations and dates set by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are constantly changing. It is advisable to pick up Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet from any local sporting goods dealer.


Of all the attractions Willapa Harbor has to offer, perhaps none is more enticing to visitors than the area’s fishing waters.

From the Pacific Ocean to Willapa Bay and the Willapa River, North Pacific County provides opportunities for even the most novice of anglers to take home a prize catch. Here are some tips and guidelines for some of the most popular catches:

Chinook Salmon

Chinook is first present in the Willapa Bay in August and September and in the rivers in September-October.

Steelhead Trout

Steelhead are an ocean-run rainbow trout, usually over 20 inches in length. They run in both summer and winter months. Summer runs usually peak in June, while the winter runs peak around January.


When fishing for sturgeon in the bay, live sand shrimp and smelt are said to be the best bait.

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Discovery and Adventure Awaits!

Take a step back in time and explore the charming farming communities of Raymond, South Bend, Bay Center, Menlo, Lebam & Frances, located in the beautiful Willapa Hills. Historic Willapa Harbor is home to a vibrant fishing and oyster farming industry, a wide array of agriculture farms, an amazing art corridor, winery and breweries, and a spectacular variety of outdoor adventures. 

Come and experience the beauty of Willapa Harbor while discovering the stories that make this place so special.


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