Cowlitz River Fishing Information

WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE - Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

http://wdfw.wa.gov 
July 27, 2011
Hatchery adult coho daily limit
increased on the Cowlitz River
Action: Anglers may keep up to 6 hatchery adult coho as part of their salmon daily limit on the lower Cowlitz River.
Species affected: Coho salmon
Effective dates: Aug. 1, 2011, until further notice.
Location: Cowlitz River from boundary markers at mouth to 400 feet below Mayfield Dam Powerhouse.

Reason for action: Hatchery coho returns this fall to the Cowlitz River are expected to be well above escapement goals. The bonus hatchery coho daily limit had been approved at this year’s North of Falcon process. However, the 2011/2012 Fishing in Washington pamphlet lists the daily limit as 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. This Fishing Rule Change corrects the error in the pamphlet.
Other information: The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which only 2 may be adult chinook. Only hatchery chinook and hatchery coho may be retained.

Closed waters and night closure, anti-snagging rule, boat and access restrictions remain the same as listed in the 2011-2012 Fishing in Washington pamphlet.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

Cowlitz River Fishing Guides

 WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE IN WASHINGTON TO FISH FOR STEELHEAD?

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has released
its draft steelhead catch estimates from the winter of 2001-02

WASHINGTON'S TOP 25 WINTER STEELHEAD STREAMS

  •   1. Cowlitz 16,572

  •   2. Wynoochee 4,436

  •   3. Skykomish 3,315

  •   4. Bogachiel 3,192

  •   5. Elochoman 2,928

  •   6. North Fork Lewis 2,368

  •   7. Blue Creek 2,272

  •   8. East Fork Lewis 1,850

  •   9. Skagit 1,850

  •  10. Snoqualmie 1,695

  •  11. Kalama 1,351

  •  12. Calawah 1,211

  •  13. lower Hoh 1,180

  •  14. Willapa 1,114

  •  15. N. Stillaguamish 1,109

  •  16. Lyre 1,025

  •  17. Naselle 1,016

  •  18. Skookumchuck 954

  •  19. Green-Duwamish 936

  •  20. Snohomish 919

  •  21. Satsop 908

  •  22. lower Chehalis 886

  •  23. Wallace 872

  •  24. Cascade 751

  •  25. Soleduck 667

  • Figures include hatchery-origin fish only

 Cowlitz River Fishing Guides

"Washington State Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon and Trout Fishing Guide Service that is an institution with Anglers in the Pacific Northwest."
Fishing is performed out of forced air heated Willie drift boat during the Winter, Spring, and Fall fishing seasons, that will comfortably seat two grown adults per/boat.
We also can accommodate three, if not to exceed approx. 600 lbs. All rods, reels, tackle and bait is included, but feel free to bring along your favorite rod and tackle, if you desire.
Also fishing the Southern rivers of Washington, out of a new Three Rivers Marine professionally outfitted 23' Alumaweld Super Vee sled. Spring, Summer and Fall Salmon runs, and amazing Summer & Winter Steelhead runs on the mighty Columbia tributaries. Absolutely awesome fisheries!
When you book a trip with local area Cowlitz River fishing guides we will gladly make your lodging reservations too!

SUTTON'S GUIDE SERVICE

SPECIALIZING IN SMALL GROUPS OF 1-3 PEOPLE!
NOTICE: I HAVE 2 BOATS. ONE IS A SMALLER BOAT THAT GETS PLACES NOBODY ELSE CAN. I CAN TAKE 1 OR 2 CLIENTS SO IF YOU WANT TO SPEND QUALITY TIME FISHING ONE-ON-ONE WITH A GUIDE WHO KNOWS THESE RIVERS BETTER THAN, BOOK TODAY WITH MIKE SUTTON'S GUIDE SERVICE!
If you're not wanting to book a trip with 6 other people you don't know or if you've been turned down because your by yourself or perhaps you just want to fish with a very valued client, employee or boss and not have to share the boat with 4 or 5 others you don't even know then contact me. I can take big groups too but I specialize in groups of 1-3 people and will let you have the boat to yourself if you request it! I've been raised fishing for Salmon and Steelhead in SW Washington waters and I truly doubt if you will find anyone anywhere who knows these waters better than I do.
Steelhead catches from the Cowlitz rival the best rivers in the state and the Cowlitz has ranked as the No. 1 winter river several times, producing up to 32,000 steelhead annually. Summer-run fishermen may take from 500 to 1,600 ironheads each year. Adding more fishing chances seems like gilding a lily, but there is more ... excellent rainbow trout fishing above the two huge reservoirs, Mayfield and Riffe, as well as fine sea-run cutthroat fishing in the lower six to eight miles of river. A good way to tangle with the feisty and willing cults is to fish light drift gear rigs sporting single egg baits or thin, bright trolling spoons. The entire Cowlitz River is open to year-round-trout fishing for eight fish daily, with a 12-inch minimum length requirement. The upper deadline is again the mouth of the Muddy Fork River. Tributaries of the upper Cowlitz are covered by the late May-Oct. 31 general season regulations.
Hooked On Fishing Guide Service

Hooked On Fishing Guide Service fishes the Northwest runs for Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon at Buoy 10 (Mouth of the Columbia), for Kings and Silver Salmon, the Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers,  & areas immediately below Bonneville Dam for Spring Chinook. We also fish from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Priest Rapids/Hanford Reach areas, near Kennewick, Pasco, & Richland Washington.

Double G Fishing Guide Service

Double G Fishing Guide Service fishes Oregon Rivers, streams and Oregon coastal rivers and bays for Salmon and Sturgeon.
Oregon Fishing Guide Offering Quality Fishing Trips At Popular Northwest Fishing Locations like the Clackamas River, Columbia River, Nehalem Bay, Tillamook Bay and the Willamette River.