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Cowlitz River Fishing Guide

The Cowlitz river regularly ranks in the top ten rivers in Washington for hatchery Steelhead.

Anglers interested in float fishing, drift fishing, spoons and spinners, plugging, and flyfishing will  find plenty of suitable water on the Cowlitz River.

Most of the Steelheaders concentrate near the Blue Creek Hatchery

Two hatcheries exist on the Cowlitz - a Salmon AND a Steelhead Hatchery

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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

 

Winter Steelhead

Winter hatchery fish catches begin near Thanksgiving and continue to build thru the runs peak in late December, with good fishing continuing thru the month of January.

Summer Steelhead

The Cowlitz is a great river for summer Steelhead. 

Fall Salmon

Fall Silver and Chinook Salmon can be found throughout the river

Cowlitz River Map, Click to Enlarge

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