Fishing the Cowlitz has been a challenge for those that are not use to summer low water. The river is at 2400 cfs. We have lots of summer run steel head coming in and still a few spring Chinook. Most everyone is fishing for steel head now. The bait of choice has been sand shrimp, eggs, and loonie coonie shrimp. Bank fishermen using jig and bobber are topping their jig off with a loonie coonie tail, or a piece of sand shrimp. Corkie and yarn is very productive also. Orange has been a good color the last few days. That can change any time.
Night fishermen are using glow corkies. If you like hardware Little Cleo's and Blue Fox are a good spinner. Boat fishermen are free drifting bait, pulling diver and bait and some are pulling plugs. Most of the boaters are putting in at Blue Creek, Mission Bar and the Freeway. The limit on steel head is three. We are seeing and hearing of a lot of limits. You can still use barbed hooks for the month of July. Aug.1st it goes back to barbless. The recycling program appears to be going good. We've had a lot of tags turned in. So if you get a steel head with a tag be sure to turn it in. Mayfield and Riffe Lake have been producing nice fish. Those fishing Swafford Pond are catching Blue Gills, trout and catfish.
We have a variety of fishing in the area so take a day relax and go fishing.
Barrier Dam Campground
July 23, 2016