Salmon fishing on the Cowlitz River is available to anglers six months out of the year. Salmon on the river enjoy consistent water temperatures and plenty areas to hold and get caught by fishermen.
Spring Salmon season starts in April as these Chinook make their way out of the Columbia River. Cowlitz River Spring Chinook waste no time making their way up to the hatchery and their release point at the Barrier Dam. These fish are targeted with herring, prawns and small egg offerings
Cowlitz River Fall Chinook Salmon enter the river in August and remain available through October. The fall Salmon run is, along with the Cowlitz River summer steelhead fishing, the best run of fish available on the river. Fall Chinook are suckers for good eggs and as a result, my clients get to enjoy hands on fishing at its finest.
Cowlitz River coho salmon fishing starts in September and will last into November. These fish are very aggressive and good biters unlike some of their coho friends in other rivers. I’m not sure whether it’s water temperature, the strain of fish or what, but these fish are not bashful. A variety of methods work on Coho and fortunately for clients all the methods involve hands on fishing for my clients. Hover fishing eggs, back bouncing eggs and even casting plugs and spoons work for these fish. Limits vary from year to year, but we often times see limits of 3-4 fish per person.
For both spring and fall Chinook, as well as Coho, I fish between Longview and Castle Rock. Lodging is abundant for those looking to overnight, or fish for several days, so just let me know and I’ll get you pointed in the right direction.
For any questions you might have about Cowlitz River salmon fishing, or to simply book a trip, email me, or call (503) 680-6809.