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Fishing on the Cowlitz is going very, very good.

We do have a lot of fish coming in now spring Chinook, late winter run steelhead. Anglers have been catching limits, doing, really good both boat and bank fishermen.

The water level has jumped up for a couple of days but now its back to 8,500. Hopefully the fish will get stabilized again and bite a little better. We’re seeing fish come from both bank fishermen and boat fishermen. There is a lot of pressure on the river right now.

The variety that is being used is a lot of shrimp, eggs, jigs, and topping their jigs off with a piece of tuna belly or a little looney cooney tail. Tuna belly’s have gotten pretty popular right now. Boat fishermen are mostly using shrimp and eggs. A few guys are pulling plugs and have been doing pretty good with that technique. The whole river has got fish in it. And there are people fishing the whole river.

There’s been a lot of pressure from Mission Bar up here to Barrier Dam. Mayfield Lake is getting some nice trout too from what I hear. And a few silvers out if Riffe. I have heard more about Mayfield now than I have Riffe. But haven't heard anything on Swofford Pond. South County Park in Toledo have also been getting some nice trout.

Take a nice day and go fishing!


Karen Glaser

Barrier Dam Campground

April 18, 2016