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Kalama River Reports

The Kalama gets both summer and winter steelhead, spring and fall chinook, early and late stock coho, and sea-run cutthroat trout. Hatchery sea-run cutthroat are not released into the Kalama. All chum salmon, wild cutthroat, wild steelhead, and wild coho salmon must be released. To further protect wild steelhead, hatchery winter and summer steelhead returning to Kalama Falls hatchery are recycled downstream to the lower river. To protect wild steelhead "jacks," the trout minimum size limit is 20 inches. An estimated 3,600 spring chinook are expected to return to the Kalama in 2003, providing good fishing opportunity from Kalama Falls hatchery downstream. All wild chinook (those with an intact adipose fin) must be released between January 1 and July 31. Fall chinook returns are expected to be down slightly this year, while coho returns are predicted to be up. Check the department web site at www.wa.gov/wdfw or with the regional WDFW office in Vancouver at (360) 696-6211 for the latest information on seasons and catch limits. The river is easily accessible from I-5, and gets quite a bit of pressure from the surrounding metropolitan areas. Several boat launching sites operated by WDFW are available: Lower Kalama, Modrow Bridge, Lower Kalama Salmon Hatchery, and Pritchards. Privately-operated ramps are available at Mahaffey's and Camp Kalama RV Park. For boat launch directions and information, go to http://boat.iac.wa.gov. A section of river above Kalama Falls is set aside for fly-fishing only; check the regulations pamphlet for boundaries.


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10/23/2013 - Nick Temanson - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
On Kalama river. No fish, water low, in boat all morning need rain. 
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5/5/2013 - 2days - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
2days in Kalama river. Bunch of small trout fry. Finally fished small Chinook and released. Too hot in the afternoon. 
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10/29/2012 - mike - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
I fished river up to canyon from boat launch. Nice people no bright fish 1 great hatchery trout. Fun watching kings spawn. 
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1/8/2012 - ZMANFISH - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
Floated from red barn to I-5 take out with my brother today from first light until 2 pm. 0/1 on fish the only action we had was on a diver and bait setup(coon shrimp and spin-glo). Real slow take so I'm guessing it had some size to it. Only heard of 1 fish taken. 25+ boats. Lotta people lost fish. Up higher, visability was 4-6 feet easy. 
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6/7/2011 - ADAM - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
got to red barn at first light. ben bangin em all week since opener. usin bow mac sm j2 jigs tiped with prawn. carded 7 fish in 4 days. counted 7 guys at beginners hole with 10 fish. drift boats killen em. 
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2/20/2011 - luv4fishin - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fishied the kalama and we caught 2 and released 1 native beautiful day on the river. 
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12/31/2009 - mcdonald - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
kalama river fished on 28 29 know fish were are the fish 
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10/20/2009 - snagger - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
adam jackson here add ill tell ya that i tried to fish but all i can do is snag with my sinking line fly rod 
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9/8/2009 - Fish - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
i heard the gate os outta the water and the fish are moving into the river nicwly lots of nooks getting caught in the canyon I love this river.

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3/11/2009 - throwindownfwf - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
Nice day to fish, Drifted kalama from red barn on down to I-5. Hooked 1 native 4 pounds on purple plug. Saw 1 other fish hooked out of 5 boats. No sign of any springers yet. good luck to all!! 
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2/9/2009 - Nathan Bryant - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
Fished Hard today and It Paid off for my clients and I. Started At Prichards and Floated to Modrow. We went a a perfect 4-4 with a couple great take downs.  
 
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2/9/2009 - peyton00 - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
started up by the hatchery and worked down river past pritchard's store, no fish for us or the boats we talked with. river looks great. 
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1/1/2009 - Stryker47 - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
river blown bad, super fast very muddy floated eggs and shrimp tails into calmer holes had one hit in 3 hrs didnt get the hook in him. stuck to the lower part of the river will try again in a week or so 
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12/9/2006 - Roady - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
 
 
I woke up at 5:30 am to find it was pouring rain and pretty windy. I decide that I would hit the river another day and went back to bed.  
I got back up around 8 and prepared myself for another day around the house. As I was making breakfast, I noticed that the rain was letting up and I could actually see some patches of blue sky. I finally made my mind up that I was not going to let my chance get away.  
 
I got to the river around 10. I made my normal stop in at Mahaffry's and was told that fishing had been "fair". Winter fish were starting to come in and a few in the 15lb range had been caught last week.  
 
I stopped at the "beginner's hole" (no Bigfoot sightings)and decided not to join the 8 or 9 people fishing there already, so I headed up to the "red barn hole."  
 
Fished there for about 2 hours with one missed solid strike on a pink corky and raw shrimp. People started to show up there, so I moved down river to my buddy's property which is across from Pritchard's store.  
 
I worked that whole stretch pretty hard for the rest of the day. I did manage to pick up a nice native summer run that was probably around 7-8 lbs or so. (Sorry no pics, I haven't mastered taking pics of fish I release yet). I caught him on a pink and white marabou jig. About 4 1/2 foot leader.  
 
Also managed to cracker a nice winter fish that I imagine was around 12lbs or so. It nailed a pink worm/pink corky. After some strong leaps, it took me into some fast water and my 8lb leader was not enough to get it back in.  
 
All in all it wasn't a bad day fishing, but I would have really liked to put something in the freezer.  
 
The river actually looked in pretty good shape. I would say visibility was over a foot and had a nice "steelhead green" look to it. Water was a bit on the high side, but very fishable. Fishing should only improve if we don't get too much rain this time around.  
 
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11/26/2005 - jeff - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
fished Kalama, no fish caught by anyone. no fish present another week or two and things should be good. heard of a native and a late run nook caught by boaters. rivers in great shape, good fishin 
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4/6/2005 - Roady71 - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
I decided to head up to Barrier Dam this morning. Without so much as a strike in 4 1/2 hours, I decided to pack up and hit the Kalama on the way home. I started out at the Red Barn hole floating a orange and black jig tipped with shrimp. On my third cast, my float went under hard, and my heart started to race. I reeled up the slack and set the hook. I was excited until the fish got close to shore and when it rolled, I saw a golden brown color. SUCKER FISH!!! ARRRRGGHH!! It put up a good little fight and I am guessing it was around 5 or 6 pounds, but a big let down. That was my only fish of the day. I had a few other strikes, but no hook-ups. The water level and conditions look great though. Really good coloring in the water, just need the fish to move in. 
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3/31/2005 - Roady71 - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
The Kalama was in a lot better shape today. Lost one steelhead about 5 feet from the bank, and missed another one. Saw only about 3 drift boats, and didn't see any fish caught. 
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11/22/2004 - The Rivers 3 Guide Service - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
Floated the Kalama today from Pritchards to Mahaffey's Campground. Boated a 17.2lb B-Run Coho (hatchery keeper), released two 23lb Fall Kings, perfectly bright fish. Standard Wigglers, Pink Jigs, Vibrax Spinners.  
 
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5/10/2004 - just fish - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
Hit the wind and the kalama and the Lewis last week....  
The Wind was light, the kalama was light, the lewis had the fish but  
there was alot of presure at the main spots..  
Hitting the Cowlitz this Friday............Vic 
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5/8/2004 - phil - Kalama River, Cowlitz County, WA
my buddy Dan caught a30lb springer on the Kalama yesterday--phil 
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