The year around fishing on the Cowlitz River is some of the best
fishing that Washinton State has to offer. Two runs of steelhead, two runs of Chinook Salmon (spring and fall) and two runs of Coho Salmon. The Cowlitz River drains out of the Cascades, through Lake Scanewa, into Riffe Lake and finally makes it’s way through Mayfield Lake before being able to run free. The Cowlitz flows through the towns of Toledo, Castle Rock and Longview before ending up in the Columbia River. The whole river is fishable by jet boat below the Barrier Dam and at different points during the year I venture into nearly every section of the river as I guide my clients during various runs.
My clients have two options when wanting to fish for Cowlitz River steelhead. The Cowlitz River summer steelhead run starts in June (I will spend a fair amount of time in early June on the Lewis River, steelhead fishing) and goes through August. Cowlitz River Winter Steelhead start showing up in December and run all the way through March at which time the Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon fishing starts. For more information on fishing for steelhead on the Cowlitz River head to the my Cowlitz River Steelhead Fishing page.
Cowlitz River Salmon fishing kicks off in the month of April with the arrival of Spring Chinook Salmon. These fish remain in the river well into August, but fishing is focused on the months of April, May and June. Cowlitz River Fall Salmon begin entering the lower river in August and good fishing for Chinook and Coho will last clean through October. For more on guided Salmon trips on the Cowlitz River, visit my Cowlitz River Salmon fishing page.
For any questions you might have about Cowlitz River fishing, or to simply book a trip, email me, or call (503) 680-6809.