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Cowlitz River Fishing Reports

Posted: 9/5/2019
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 3
Fished: 9/2/2019
Hot Spots: 0
The lower Cowlitz river, below the Toutle river, is currently fishing well for fall chinook salmon and summer steelhead, although chinook retention is, at the time of this report, not allowed. The maj...
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Posted: 7/22/2019
Species: Steelhead
Rating: 4
Fished: 7/21/2019
Hot Spots: 0
Cowlitz River summer steelhead fishing has been steadily improving over the past week or so, disproving any previous theories about it going to be an average to less than average run size by yours tru...
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Posted: 7/8/2019
Species: Steelhead
Rating: 3
Fished: 7/1/2019
Hot Spots: 0
We have been fishing the Cowlitz River targeting summer steelhead the first week of July and experiencing some moderate success. We have been mainly covering the area between the town of Toledo all th...
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Posted: 2/24/2019
Species: Steelhead
Rating: 2
Fished: 2/24/2019
Hot Spots: 0
Still really slow. Got one and saw just a couple more caught
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Posted: 2/21/2019
Species: Steelhead
Rating: 3
Fished: 2/18/2019
Hot Spots: 0
I had a chance to fish the Cowlitz river for late winter hatchery steelhead for the first time this season on Monday February 18th with two other anglers. When I got up to leave the house that morning...
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By: PatrickC
Posted: 12/15/2017
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 3
Fished: 12/15/2017
Hot Spots: 0
So I left “early” around 6:15 and make the 1.5 hour south to fish barrier dam. Got there about 7:45-8:00 after a couple pit stops. Started twitching jigs for the first hour or so, saw one smaller coho...
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Posted: 11/12/2017
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 5
Fished: 11/10/2017
Hot Spots: 0
Had to put my boat in the shop to have so work done at cascade marine, Big Dave squeezed me in, so I consider myself very luck. Ever fisherman knows that boat problem comes right when the fishing is b...
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By: Toni
Posted: 4/21/2017
Species: Chinook Salmon
Rating: 2
Fished: 4/20/2017
Hot Spots: 0
Randy Ahearn and I met with Phil Stephens at Massey Bar, for a day of trying to get springers. We went up river and down river and each of us got one. The fish were great and Randy’s was the biggest a...
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By: dj2loud
Posted: 2/25/2017
Species: Other
Rating: 1
Fished: 2/25/2017
Hot Spots: 0
Boy from what I'm seeing and hearing the smelt fishery was a bust! Obviously the WDFW had their head where the sun dont' shine unless your walking around naked for sure..... Such a miss managed mess w...
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Posted: 2/23/2017
Species: Steelhead
Rating: 1
Fished: 2/23/2017
Hot Spots: 0
Got to blue creek area trout hatchery around 7. Fished a couple spots between the trout hatchery and blue creek with not a bite. Tried spinners, drifting corkies. One guy on a boat caught a steelhead...
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Posted: 11/25/2016
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 4
Fished: 11/25/2016
Hot Spots: 0
Went out fishing the last few days on the upper cowlitz by Packwood. Water was really clear but found some holes to catch a few coho from. Caught a quite a few jacks but finally reeled in this nice ...
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Posted: 11/11/2016
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 4
Fished: 11/11/2016
Hot Spots: 0
With part of the morning and afternoon free, I headed for the barrier dam. Its close and convenient and a spot you can catch a fish from time to time. I wasn't expecting the number of people I saw wh...
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Posted: 11/6/2016
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 3
Fished: 11/6/2016
Hot Spots: 0
Finally got a chance to get back out fishing finally. Coho numbers have been steady on Cowlitz, but not very impressive. I did see a number of happy guys carrying out at least one fish. Good number o...
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Posted: 10/18/2016
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 2
Fished: 10/17/2016
Hot Spots: 0
2 years ago I fished the Cowlitz at Barrier Dam. Today I attempted to recreate that magic. I hooked into two dark kings. Shortly after that a crew of dudes posted upstream from me and proceeded to ...
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Posted: 10/12/2016
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 3
Fished: 10/12/2016
Hot Spots: 0
The Cowlitz has not been bad for Coho and some Chinook. The biggest problem the river is low and clean. The good and bad news is we have a major storm coming in tonight and will last through the week...
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Posted: 10/9/2016
Species: Chinook Salmon
Rating: 3
Fished: 10/9/2016
Hot Spots: 0
Started about 645am today down in Castle Rock area to see if I could catch me a silver. Saw alot jumping first thing sun uprotection was only able to get one to bite for 3 hrs. Watched a kid across r...
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By: HookEmBoy
Posted: 10/9/2016
Species: Coho Salmon
Rating: 5
Fished: 10/9/2016
Hot Spots: 1
Below Barrier Dam what a good day alot of fish and hookups Hook up 1 coho a very nice size and land it as well as a king but it was a native. Lost 3 kings
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Posted: 10/1/2016
Species: Chinook Salmon
Rating: 3
Fished: 10/1/2016
Hot Spots: 0
I must say first that if you don't like lots of people around you when fishing, the barrier dam is not a good choice. But if you are willing to accept the challenges and give fellow fisherman a littl...
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By: CDL
Posted: 10/1/2016
Species: Steelhead
Rating: 4
Fished: 9/27/2016
Hot Spots: 0
Another afternoon of Spey rod fishing using the ultra sophisticated spey loops C, D and L - (chuck/duck/ & luck) to cast and hook some fish. 2 cooperated by swimming up onto the shore for me. One ge...
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By: Rickey
Posted: 9/29/2016
Species: Chinook Salmon
Rating: 3
Fished: 9/20/2016
Hot Spots: 0
Barrier Dam: Mainly Wild Chinook, a few hatchery. Fish not feeding well, repetitive hookups to same fish by several on river. No hookups of Steelhead, some Cutthroat taken. Blue Creek Hatchery: Mainl...
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By: CDL
Posted: 9/28/2016
Species: Steelhead
Rating: 4
Fished: 9/23/2016
Hot Spots: 0
I fished last week for approximately 2-3 hours in the middle of the day. Spey rod fishing using ultra sophisticated spey loops C, D and L - (chuck/duck/ & luck) to cast and hook 6 fish. 4 cooperated...
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Posted: 9/25/2016
Species: Chinook Salmon
Rating: 3
Fished: 9/24/2016
Hot Spots: 0
Fished the barrier dam after reading reports of a few salmon being kept, including some coho on the wdfw sw Washington fish report. I was hoping the rain might entice some fresh fish upstream, but I w...
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By: HookEmBoy
Posted: 9/18/2016
Species: Chinook Salmon
Rating: 4
Fished: 9/17/2016
Hot Spots: 1
Hook 10 kings all together, landed 4 and 3 came off the hook and the other 3 snap my leader line so it was a very good day for me just below the barrier dam.
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Posted: 8/27/2016
Species: Steelhead
Rating: 3
Fished: 8/27/2016
Hot Spots: 0
Went with my dad today. Got to barrier dam by 645, lines in water by 7. Water was higher than Tuesday but still quite low. Hooked into one around 8, still a novice fisherman I was walking him down t...
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By: 66kma
Posted: 8/24/2016
Species: Steelhead
Rating: 5
Fished: 8/20/2016
Hot Spots: 0
Water was on drop. Bite was on up until midnight. Lost 5, got 2. One of my best fishing outing. Met with cool, nice people. Learn a lot. Later is going to be better. Love that fishery. Just found out...
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