Fishing the Cowlitz has improved this last week.
Our second run of steelhead are coming in bigger numbers now. They are catching fish throughout the river. Boats are catching steelhead as far down as I-5. Most boats are putting in at Blue Creek ramp, but are starting to spread out now. I'm hearing of a variety of fishing from boaters. Some are pulling plugs now, diver and bait(looney cooneys) have been the choice of bait. Also sandshrimp and eggs.
We have seen some fish in the teens this week. I would say average is 8 to 12lbs. Nice fish.
Bank fishermen are fishing Barrier Dam, Blue Creek and plunkers at Misson Bar. Jig and bobber topped off with a looney cooney tail has been productive for bankers. Also corky and yarn, if you
like hardware Blue Fox spinners are popular. E-Z Eggs have also been good. As you see it has been a variety of tackle being used.
Pressure on the river is picking up. Flows are low. We are at 4,020 CUFS. today.
The weather has been nice so take a day, relax and go fishing.
Barrier Dam Campground
March 13, 2015