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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.

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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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03/10/2014 - johnny5 - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Hit blue Creek at daylight. 3 rods in a boat with no luck. First skunk of the season. They raised the water so we knew it was gonna be tough. Seen one boated and one in the handicap hole. Save your gas.  
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03/08/2014 - banned for life - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Not that it matters now but I Got to the River at 6:05 and lots of folks were leaving already with limits of Smelt, so many in the River that Kids were catching them by hand. Sure was fun to watch.  
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03/01/2014 - HootOwl - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Hammered the Cowlitz all day, dawn 'till dark... nada. We launched at Mission Bar at dawn. There were 4 other sleds that launched there. We worked the stretch from BC hatchery down several holes 'till noon, throwin' eggs, shrimp, pink worms, & jigs. We touched nothing and saw nobody else touch anything either... from perhaps 10-12 boats and 12-15 bankers. With no action, folks begin to spread out. We went up river, boondoggled & sidedrifted all the way down... nada. Then we did the same, workin' it hard, from the BC hatchery down to Mission Bar... nada. River has perfect color, running a little higher than I like it, but there just ain't no fish. Very frustrating... but still better than a day at the office.  
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02/26/2014 - Balls Deep - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Hit the Cow today from 720 am to 330 pm. flows looked great, so we made the trip, however slow doesn't even begin to describe it. must have been 20 sleds/drift boats out in front and not a one caught a thing. my buddy walked down to blue creek and saw one guy floss one small hen up downstream of BC in that little seam/eddy before the 2 leaned over trees. aside from that, it's pathetic.save your gas.  
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02/20/2014 - Buck - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished today from 7am till 12pm....Landed one 8lb. bright male back trolling. Did not see any other fish caught from boats or the bank....very very slow. only saw one other fish roll at the pipe. 
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01/26/2014 - Jacob47 - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Nooo fish all day. No action except the hatchery pipe and a couple Russian guys snagging. Other then that what a waste of time. Save your fuel and effort gentlement 
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01/25/2014 - BigDLoop - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Winter Steelhead/Hook and land on swung fly/Cowlitz River lower hatchery to mouth of creek/20-24 Jan, all hours of day early and late.  
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6 nice SRC and a big fat 0 on the Steelhead. Fishing is slow at best down there. There are SH in there but it is more than likely the "everyday local" that is hooking the majority of any fish being caught down there and a good majority of them coming out of the handicap hole. Saw one fish over 10lbs. rest were 3-7 lbs. Very few guides, Great week of fishing, met some good folks on the river. We'll get 'em next time! 
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01/20/2014 - josh - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
If fishing from 0900 to0330 the next morning and going through almost 2 pounds of raw prawn with a total of nine bites and actually landing 8 fish out of the nine isnt grinding than man i guess you guys really dont fish hard then.18 hrs of fishing with about a 45 min break after limiting before midnight. No snagging i do my homework and read water with the best of em so if your not catching fish do some homework and learn to change your tactics in low water. Boat fishermen are catching fish Ron and Clancy been getting them every time they fish. 
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01/17/2014 - acefishon - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
I've been fishing twice week and not even guides are getting that many fish. So let not put out false reports.I got 1 and it's was all day grind in boat two rods.The only guys heard got that many fish they up in creek snagging them.Seen few fish caught at crack pipe. 
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01/20/2014 - Kris - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
8/9...really..and then calling that grinding. Sorry, but get tired of some of these posts. Everyone is throwing nightmares, eggs, etc. Fished the Cow from boat and shore near Blue Creek 8 times over the last 3 weeks...grinding like everyone else. Caught fish, lost fish. Besides this regular drift fisherman at the the BC point who caught two really nice chromers on back-to-back casts (awesome to witness) I haven't seen any one fishermen with more than a two fish day. Overall, low water, little rain, and overall slow fishing (with a few bright spots) so far. With that said, there have been some beautiful, slow days. Keep it real on the posts.  
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01/19/2014 - Josh - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Bobber and jig fished below the blue creek boat launch 1-19&1-20-2014 two of us limited Sunday and early this morning nightmare jigs tipped with raw prawn. The water is low and we had to grind but going 8 for 9 with low water was awesome. The fish are there you just have to grind it out. 
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01/19/2014 - PatrickC - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished from 2300 to 0500 and not a bite. Started at the BC boat launch then went down to BC proper and fished back up. Saw 4-5 jump but no bites. Water is WAY DOWN. There was 3 or 4 swimming around the handi hole. I love to hate that river. Tight lines, go hawks! 
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01/18/2014 - sledrunner - Cowlitz River, Cowlitz County, WA
fished there today also,got lucky and got one,bout 7lbs.and ya its Sloooow 
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