Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon and Trout oh my!
The Cowlitz River is a year round fishery all by itself; but there are other opportunities for a great day on the water all over Cowlitz county and the surrounding areas as well.
Whether you’re planning to fish from the bank or a boat, this is the place where you’ll find the resources that will help you plan your day on the water.
Drift fishing, trolling, and plunking are the three main ways of fishing on the Cowlitz. Depending on the fish you’re after, and the time of year you might use any, or all of these at any given time. Many people are quite successful with a fly rod in hand.
The Cowlitz River is pretty shallow in many areas, and you’ll primarily see jet boats or drift boats on the water, but don’t be surprised to see a kayak, a canoe, or an inflatable pontoon boat either.
Salmon eggs, spin glows with sand shrimp, wigglers, drifting a jig, tossing spinner baits, flat fish, and even a bit of yarn on a hook will produce fish at different times of the year.
Other bodies of water in the area can offer some incredible fishing as well. Besides the Cowlitz, there’s the Lewis, the Grays, the Elochoman, the Toutle, and Kalama rivers. The Kalama has seen a remarkable increase in the number of steelhead in 2010.
There are also several lakes in the area to be fished; including Scanewa, Riffe, and Mayfield, which are on the Cowlitz, along with Swift, Yale and Merwin, all of which are along the Lewis River.
Of course, last but not least, there’s the mighty Columbia River that offers fishing all the way from the mouth, upstream through all of its other tributaries, and man made lakes, which stretch east into Idaho, and north all the way into Canada.