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 2021
Cowlitz River Steelhead

Our guides' favorite late Winter, Spring and Early Summer Fisheries
are all located along the beautiful Cowlitz River.
We catch steelhead and King Salmon from January through
November on the Cowlitz each year.


We recommend mid-February through early April for the best
Cowlitz River Winter Steelhead Fishing and early April through June
for the best Spring King Salmon fishing on the Cowlitz River.  Late
August through November for Fall Salmon.
YOU WILL LOVE FISHING the Cowlitz River with our enthusiastic
fishing guides.

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

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 Steelhead.  

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
Chinook, 5.0 million fall Chinook and 3.2 million 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 Winter
Steelhead as
well as Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout.
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.

253-389-0359  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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inter Steelhead
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