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Cowlitz River Reports

The Cowlitz is planted heavily with summer and winter steelhead, and typically provides excellent angling for these fish. Plentiful sea-run cutthroat plants also provide good fishing. All wild cutthroat and steelhead must be released. Also, all right-ventral clipped steelhead must be released in the lower Cowlitz (below the Barrier Dam); these fish provide natural production and enhance fishing opportunities in the upper river. With an improved run of 4,900 spring chinook expected in 2003, the daily limit is six salmon, with no more than two adults. All chinook with an intact adipose fin must be immediately released unharmed from January 1 through July 31. Fall chinook abundance is expected to be down slightly, while coho should be up from last year. All chum and wild coho salmon must be released. Some sturgeon fishing takes place in the lower river; sturgeon regulations are the same as in the Columbia. A smelt (eulachon) fishery is available based on improved runs. For updated smelt information, call the WDFW office in Vancouver at (360) 696-6211 and press *1010. For river flows, visit NOAA's web site at http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/data/streamflow/nwrfc/cowlitz.html or call Tacoma Power's toll-free fishing hotline at (888) 502-8690. Boat launching facilities include Gerhart Gardens, operated by Longview Parks and Recreation Department; Hog Island, managed by Cowlitz County Parks and Recreation; and Olequa ramp, managed by WDFW. For boat launch directions and information on the internet, go to http://boat.iac.wa.gov. Refer to the Lewis County listing for additional Cowlitz River information.



5/26/14 - eggs - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
barrier dam 6hrs 0/2 fishing eggs on the rocks. 
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05/23/2014 - old man - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Went to castle rock spent most of the day. only had one fish bite. 
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05/21/2014 - Bj - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished all day got a couple on. lost both saw one really small king. liike 4/5 pounds. other one felt good. just plunking. also saw plenty of fish role.  
 
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5/16/2014 - Mod - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
flatfished 1, possibly 2 Springers plunking. Didn't see #2 but he straightened my treble hook and ran out 1/2+ spool. He was a big boy with big shoulders. #1 was 15lbs. 
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05/14/2014 - Bj - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Went out and locals must have heard how good my gf, her dad and i had been doing cause our spot had someone and their friends there. fished camalot and saw one steel head caught on spin glow and shrimp. kings are slowing down. 
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05/13/2014 - Bj - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Went out today first skunk in awhile. still had two on. one was 5 minutes after being out there. i see everyone using shrip and not catching fish. maybe try something new.  
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5/11/14 - eggs - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
fished for 6hrs plus water was super high with very few fish rolling did not hook any my self but saw three fish hooked and landed my fishing buddy breifly hooked up but that was it my advice save you eggs and gas. 
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05/06/2014 - Bj - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Went back and got another 20lb king. had two others probly jacks. 
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05/05/2014 - Bj - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Went plunking at castle rock. slayed three 10lb jacks and got one 20. Had two others on.  
 
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05/06/2014 - Old Man River - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished the Cowlitz from Castle Rock to the S curves above the mouth of the Toutle 8 hrs. 2 hits/0 hookups for 4 rods. Trolled herring, spinners, and plugs. Color was good, river is stil high (9,500 cfs at Mayfield). Saw one fish caught for about 7 boats. No plunkers had fish. At least it didn't rain.  
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04/25/2014 - Bj - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Went to jackson high way boat launch. Plunked spin glows and eggs hooked three landed one. ten pound chrome king. got one week before doing the same. 
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04/24/2014 - YC - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished at Barrier dam, for couple of hours, nothing. Saw couple of Springers cut. 
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4/24/14 - eggs - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
finally got my first springer of the year last sunday free drifting eggs at barrier dam 12.5lbs 
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04/19/2014 - Stork - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Got there around 8 that morning and fished for about 5 hours. 1 boat hooked up but not sure if he landed it. No bank fishermen(roughly 20 people) even got a hookup. Where are all the fish??? 
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04/17/2014 - Spring city - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Caught a 12.25 lb springer today. Looks like the chinook season is BEGINING. Go get em  
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04/13/2014 - King slayer - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Barrier dam is doin great for steelies and few more springers caught today.  
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04/13/2014 - Kris - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished the cowlitz today. Bank fishermen on the blue creek point did really well today. I was fishing from the island side and counted 12 fish caught for 17 fishermen (busy but not crowded). Quite a few more hook ups and lost fish, but that comes with fishing the point. Several limits. Almost all the fish were caught on the bank side in this one seam off the point. Drifting 1.5 to 2 oz cannon balls. Water level has dropped and the fish were not holding on the island side like I had hoped/expected. Despite the bankies doing well, I could not reach/drift that seam from the island side and all I could manage was a foul hooked white fish....great weather and fun/frustrating to watch others hooking up. All fish landed were kept, so i am assuming late run hatchery fish. All appeared to be steel...maybe one larger fish was a springer. 
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04/10/2014 - bob - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Pick up a small steelhead throwing #4 bluefox silver body w/ bright green blade. Next to the kelso bridge  
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04/07/2014 - ekc - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Got to the river about 0645. Down by the dam was crowded, so I moved to the gravel bar. River was higher than I expected, but very clear. Tried L'il Cleo spoons (has worked in the past for steelies). Lost three to tons of line, but did manage to get one bump. Tried some eggs near the plunkin' hole, in the fast water, but only got nibbles from smolt. Moved upstream, just below the island (now covered) and tried many different pattern spoons...no luck. Went to the barrier and tried eggs, but still no luck. However.....during the 6 hours there I saw 2 Springers hooked, one brought in. I also saw 3 others that had been brought in...two across the river at the barrier. The one that got away was hooked using a chartreuse jig w/black feathers. The guy allowed the jig to get near the bottom and then walked it back to the shore. All fish I saw were in the 7-8lb range. 
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04/06/2014 - No fish - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished the barrier up and down all day did not see one fish Hooked or any on the bank hope it picks up soon  
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04/05/2014 - Rob - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished down and blue creek from first light till about noon; nothing doing there. I think the only thing caught there was a cold. Moved up to barrier nothing worth mentioning, but there where a lot of smolt. Hopefully they survive,  
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04/04/2014 - Buck - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished today at BC along clay banks from 7:30 to about 2:30pm, had one on for a brief second and that was it....Seen one other fish landed and that was it down there...really slowed down.... 
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03/31/2014 - toc nguyen - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished blue creek mouth all day only get one. Early morning was good for everyone on boats many limitstoday  
 
 
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03/29/2014 - Fish Guru - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished BC 4:30 -11:30 Caught One Buck Around 6Lbs Little After7Am. Few Other Fish Caught, Nothing Spectacular. 
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3/27/14 - Fish Reaper - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished Barrier dam, all morning, 8 guys dead line to gravel pile. No springers caught. slow. save your eggs & gas. 
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03/26/2014 - YC - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished bc @ night. Nothing. 
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3/27/14 - eggs - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
river is slow fished last night glow balling had one hook up but lost it save your gas. 
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03/25/2014 - Wannafish - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Spent all day on the the river in a sled with Phil Stephens. Our sled got 2 steelhead and 3 springers. 
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03/24/2014 - John - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
3-5 fish for about 20-30 guys all day. Boats also getting nothing. Not worth gas money to go. Blue creek. 
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03/24/2014 - Buck - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished hard today at blue creek. caught one bright hen steelie. Was my 4yr old sons first steelie ever to reel in...Was a lot of fun!!! Tried back trolling bait an diver with no luck. caught fish side drifting....Clear water, hit an miss. Also fished past fri with 1 for 2 fish back trolling and anchoring bait an diver.  
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