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Fishing the Cowlitz River has been very, very good. We have a lot of spring Chinook and late winter run steelhead coming in. We have seen 2 summer run steelhead also. You can keep 3 steelhead now. They upped your limit as of April 1st. Many fishermen are catching 3.

There are fish throughout the river. Most bank fishermen are fishing Blue Creek area for steelhead and Barrier Dam for salmon. They are using a lot of jig and bobber, corky and yarn, sandshrimp, looney cooney shrimp, and salmon eggs.

We are still seeing a lot of steelhead in the teens. The biggest spring Chinook we have seen is 28lbs. Nice fish this year. A great variety of colors are being used.

Boaters are putting in at all ramps. Pressure has been very heavy. Boaters are free drifting, pulling plugs, or using diver and bait. The water is still running 4,000 cfs. so boaters be careful. Courtesy on the river is very important these days.

Remember as of April 1st you need your new fishing license. Be sure to send your old catch card in.

Take a day relax and go fishing.


Karen Glaser

Barrier Dam Campground


April 9, 2015