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Cowlitz River Fishing Report (10/07/13)

Emanuel, 14, from Everett, hauled up this silver salmon on Friday at Barrier Dam on the Cowlitz River.

Emanuel, 14, from Everett, hauled up this silver salmon on Friday at Barrier Dam on the Cowlitz River.

While there are still some nice fall Chinook coming into the Cowlitz River, the anglers have mainly turned their focus to the coho salmon this week.

If you head up to the Barrier Dam, don’t expect to be lonely. The traffic is heavy from the boat launch all the way up to the pool.

Me and my beautiful coho. I held that thing like a baby all the way to the grill. One of the prettiest fish I had ever seen. I was so attached to it you'd have thought I gave birth to it myself, but it was through the skills of the guide that I was able to bring this baby into the boat, not anything I did on my own.

Me and my beautiful coho. I held that thing like a baby all the way to the grill. One of the prettiest fish I had ever seen. I was so attached to it you’d have thought I gave birth to it myself, but it was through the skills of the guide, Rick Estes of Adriatic Outfitters, that I was able to bring this baby into the boat, not anything I did on my own.

I fished with guide Rick Estes of Adriatic Outfitters on Saturday. There were relatively few boats on the water and fishing was rather slow for most everyone, although there seemed to be more than enough cutthroat trout to go around. I was lucky enough to pull up a beauty of a coho.

It looks like 6 pink salmon got lost and headed up the Cowlitz last week. Huh.

The number of silver salmon coming up are increasing by leaps and bounds each week, and you still see plenty of fall Chinook in the Tacoma Power reports. You’ll see plenty of jacks hauled up, but that’s okay, they fit the barbecue quite nicely.

We caught them all last week, so don’t bother coming up to fish. We don’t need the company. šŸ˜‰

October 7, 2013

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 2,313 fall Chinook adults, 68 jacks, 2,482 coho salmon, 2,287 coho jacks, 125 summer-run steelhead, 1285 cutthroat trout and four pink salmon during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 664 fall Chinook adults, 18 jacks, 1,639 coho adults, 1,988 coho jacks and six cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.They released 1,355 fall Chinook adults, 53 jacks, 50 coho adults and 39 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood, and released 692 coho adults and 337 jacks into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam. The pink salmon were recycled downstream to the lower Cowlitz River.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,850 cubic feet per second on Monday, October 7. Water visibility is six feet. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.

SeptemberĀ 30, 2013

A nice stringer of cutthroat trout from the boat launch at Blue Creek.

A nice stringer of cutthroat trout from the boat launch at Blue Creek.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,369 fall Chinook adults, 61 jacks, 1,620 coho salmon, 2,569 coho jacks, 37 summer-run steelhead, two spring Chinook adults, 156 cutthroat trout and six pink salmon during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 137 fall Chinook adults, two jacks, 139 coho adults and 85 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek. They released 554 fall Chinook adults, 15 jacks, 986 coho adults, 2,117 coho jacks and six cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton andĀ released 395 fall Chinook adults, 30 jacks, two spring Chinook adults, 274 coho adults and 244 jacks into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood.Ā Also, 107 coho adults and 37 jacks were releasedĀ into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam. The pink salmon were recycled downstream to the lower Cowlitz River.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 7,820 cubic feet per second on Monday, September 30. Water visibility is six feet. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.

SeptemberĀ 23, 2013

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 931 fall Chinook adults, 46 jacks,Ā 413 coho salmon, 647 jacks, 22 summer-run steelhead, nine spring Chinook adults, one jack, eight mini-jacks and 35 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 71 fall Chinook adults, 16 jacks, eight spring Chinook adults, 50 coho adults and 23 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and released 390 fall Chinook adults, 13 jacks, 220 coho adults, 597 jacks and five cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. Ā Also, 41 fall Chinook adults, 5 jacks, 77 coho adults and 26 jacks were released into the upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,000 cubic feet per second on Monday, September 23. Water visibility is 12 feet. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.

Bright jack pulled up from the pool at Barrier Dam today.

Bright jack pulled up from the pool at Barrier Dam today.

About Kimberly Mason

Kimberly Mason is a freelance writer, photojournalist, and web designer. When she's not out chasing a story, you'll find her at work in one her three main offices ā€” her big backyard, the Cowlitz River, or the recliner in her living room. She has four grown children, three grandchildren, and is owned by a Labrador retriever, Buddy the WonderDog.

3 comments

  1. Thanks for the info., I am here at JBLM. I have a place down at the CCTA, was there last weekend, I saw 6 silvers go in the color and about 3 of use fishing, I must of been holding my mouth wrong but I didnt get a hook up, one guy got three on sunday and 2 on saturday, he was sideplaning using a Apex lure.

    • Oh MAN! I’ve been stuck in front of this computer waaaaay too long. I had been hearing that although the coho run is diminishing, there are still some good fish out there to be had. Just reading your comment makes me HUNGRY. CCTA? So you’re fishing between the Barrier Dam and Blue Creek? Lucky you! I hear that’s a great area (and by “great” I mean you don’t have a bunch of yahoos to contend with).

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