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Cowlitz River Fishing Report (09/21/13)

In spite of the (what seems like) million times that The Outdoor Line radio show has promoted fishing at the Cowlitz River as “a mixed bag of great fishing all the way up to the Barrier Dam,” it just ain’t so … not yet anyway. At the moment, the flows are low and we could use a good rain. Not to worry, though, the rain is coming.

Fishing has been great, it’s the catching that’s the problem. Those on the flats at Barrier Dam still have to contend with a huge number of past-their-sell-by-smell-by kings and have been having a hard time hooking into fresh fish. The Pool Boys have had a bit better luck — some more than others, and I’m not going to mention any names, Mr. B, since you’ve hauled up 20 hatchery kings out of 21 landed lately — but they’re still whining and complaining (for good reason) about the ration of slow days most have had to contend with.

I talked with two boat anglers after their day on the water — both are known to catch fish when others aren’t — and both were sadly fishless.

September 16, 2013

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 686 fall Chinook adults, 28 jacks, 129 summer-run steelhead, 36 spring Chinook adults, 40 mini-jacks, 158 coho salmon, 94 jacks, 130 cutthroat trout and one sockeye salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 35 spring Chinook adults, 57 coho adult, and six coho jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek. They released 65 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park and  released 377 fall Chinook adults, 10 jacks, 29 coho adults, 88 jacks and 11 cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. Also, 163 fall Chinook adults and 14 jacks were released into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood.

September 9, 2013

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 465 fall Chinook adults, 24 jacks, 85 summer-run steelhead, 56 spring Chinook adults, 67 mini-jacks, nine coho salmon, four jacks, 24 cutthroat trout and one sockeye salmon during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 56 spring Chinook adults and one coho adult into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek. They released 93 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park and released 291 fall Chinook adults, seven jacks, four coho adults, two jacks and two cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. Also, 102 fall Chinook adults and 14 jacks were released into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood.

It will pick up, I promise. In the meantime, here is something you can giggle over and  — a duck retrieving poodle. Yup. That dawg can hunt.

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One comment

  1. Where is the best place to fish from a wheelchair. On the cowliz near packwood

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