Call or text 253-389-0359

As always Casey was great and really made the trip enjoyable, it is
nice to see someone that actually likes their job and brings a great
attitude to work.  His knowledge is really helpful and refreshing.

Again just wanted to say thank you and let you guys know your
doing a great job and would be highly recommended to friends,
family and co-workers.

All my grandson wants to do is go fishing with Papa and Captain
Casey again.  At my age, one of the most important things in my life
is to have these treasured moments with my grandchildren, and this
was one of those moments.

Casey is an outstanding guide- this was the first time out fishing
with a guide for me and he did an excellent job of putting us on the
fish and giving us an excellent day on the river..... i will look
forward to fishing with Casey in the future for steelhead
Winter Steelhead and King Salmon
Cowlitz River 2017

We are very excited that the Cowlitz River Winter
Steelhead Season is no longer spread across an A
and B Run fishery.  The same number of hatchery
steelhead are being planted but the bulk of these
fish will be showing up in a 3 month vs. a 5+
month window.  When the fish are in on the
Cowlitz - it's lights out fishing - this year is going
to rock!  Over 700,000 steelhead smolts planted
for this year's return.


We recommend booking February 15th through April
30th for the best chance at catching your limits of
Cowlitz River Winter Steelhead.

Fishing is my only job, I will be chasing these fish
every day. It is very important to book with a full
time licensed and insured U.S. Coast Guard certified
fishing guide, who stays on top of these fish every
day and knows where they are, what they're biting
on and what they're planning on having for lunch.

Cowlitz River is located in Washington State
and is a main tributary of the Columbia River.

There are two state-run fish hatcheries on the
river which provide great recreational fishing
opportunities year round for both
Salmon and

Spring Chinook Fishing on the Cowlitz River

We start targeting spring chinook on the Cowlitz
River in the months of April through May.  Spring
Chinook or "Springers" are the best table fare of all
salmon.  These fish enter the Cowlitz River starting
in April and do not spawn until fall.  We target
these fish in a variety of ways on the Cowlitz
River, including; back-trolling, side-drifting,
hover-fishing, and even bobber fishing.  

Summer Steelhead Fishing on the Cowlitz River

After Spring Chinook fishing on the Cowlitz River
our focus turns to Summer Steelhead fishing on the
Cowlitz River.  The summer steelhead start showing
up on the Cowlitz River around June.  Summer run
steelhead are the most acrobatic and aggressive
species we fish for on the Cowlitz River.  Our
favorite technique is side-drifting, but later in the
summer we like to back-troll plugs and bait.

Fall Salmon Fishing on the Cowlitz River

Fall Salmon fishing on the Cowlitz River begins in
late September and lasts throughout the month of
November.  We generally will start near the mouth
of the Cowlitz River and follow the majority of the
run upstream to the barrier dam.  The two species
of salmon we fish for on the Cowlitz River are King
'Chinook' Salmon and Silvers or 'Coho' Salmon.  We
use a variety of techniques including, side-drifting,
twitching jigs, back-trolling, hover-fishing and casting
hardware.  This is an action-packed fishery with fish
ranging from 5 to 50 pounds.

Winter Steelhead Fishing on the Cowlitz River

Winter Steelhead fishing on the Cowltiz River is one
of our favorite fisheries of the year.  With multiple
hook-ups and lots of action, these aggressive and
hard-fighting fish will keep your blood pumping.  We
fish for Winter Steelhead on the Cowlitz River
from November through March.  The most popular
technique for Winter Steelhead on the Cowlitz is
side-drifting bait.  Don't miss out on this fishery.

Fish Hatcheries on the Cowlitz River

Cowlitz River Salmon Hatchery produces nearly
13 million fish each year, including about 1.3 million
spring Chinook, 5.0 million fall Chinook and 3.2
coho salmon.  This hatchery is located near
Barrier Dam and the Barrier Dam boat launch,
directly on the
Cowlitz River.  

Trout Hatchery is located near the Blue Creek
Boat Launch and releases around 1.5 million fish a
year.  The species released here include Summer and
Steelhead as well as Sea-Run Cutthroat
Cowlitz River is famous for it's steelhead fishing.

Cowlitz River is a short drive from Portland
International Airport (PDX) and there are many
recreational opportunities for your stay in the
area.  The
Cowlitz River is near the Famous Mt.
Saint Helens Volcano, which last erupted in the
early 1980's.

253-312-8900  jessica@fishwaterswest.com
Cowlitz River Directions:

Barrier Dam Boat Launch

To get to the Barrier Dam boat
launch from Interstate 5, take
Highway 12 East about 12 miles.
Turn right on Fuller Road. Continue
until the "T" intersection and turn left
on Spencer Road. Stay right at the
"Y."  Turn left into the salmon
hatchery parking lot, or drive straight
to get to the Barrier Dam boat
launch and fishing area.

Blue Creek Boat Launch

To get to the Blue Creek Boat
Launch from Interstate 5, take State
Highway 12 east to the community of
Ethel. Turn right (south) on to Tucker
Road. Tucker Road bends to the
right where it meets Classe Road at
a Y. Go straight on to Classe Road.
At the end of the road turn left on to
Spencer Road. Watch for the signs
directing you to turn right to go to the
trout hatchery and to the Blue Creek
boat launch

USGS Cowlitz River Stream

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