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Birding at the Barrier Dam on the Cowlitz River

Great Blue Heron, Barrier Dam, Cowlitz River

You don’t have to step one foot in the water or even bring your fishing rod to enjoy the Barrier Dam area of the Cowlitz River, where fishing is often an entertaining spectator sport. There is also a great variety of interesting birds to watch: Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfishers, American Dippers, gulls and other LBJs (little brown jobs) ... Read More »

10 Rules of Combat Fishing Etiquette

It takes a coordinated effort for an angler to land a fish along a long line of fisherman. When there is more than one fish on at a time, it becomes a ballet of skill and courtesy.

I spent several days in a on the Cowlitz this week. Some days I only worked my line for a few hours and other days I spent most of my time wading in and out of the water whenever someone hooked a fish and I saw a photo opportunity in the making. I started the week hunting fall Chinook (my ... Read More »

Public Meeting on Cowlitz River Fisheries, May 29, Centralia

Fish separator, Cowlitz River Salmon Hatchery.

WDFW and Tacoma Power are hosting a public meeting regarding Cowlitz River fisheries and hatchery programs May 29 in Centralia. If you don’t attend the meeting, you’ve lost your right to complain about what WDFW and Tacoma Power are doing to our fish, in my opinion. The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Centralia College in Washington ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (5/20/13)


If you’re thinking about fishing other side of the Cowlitz River at Barrier Dam, think again! Those are closed waters. I was there this afternoon when two guys were visited by our local friendly WDFW enforcement officer. They didn’t have any fish, so they didn’t get a fine for that, but they did spend some time talking with the officer. ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (4/27/13)


Avoid the massive crowds hitting the local lakes and ponds for opening day of trout season and head to the Cowlitz — it’s been a good week and it looks like it’s gonna be a good weekend! The week of April 15 Tacoma Power recovered 427 winter-run steelhead, five summer-run steelhead, 63 spring Chinook adults and two jacks during five ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (3/25/13)

Rick Estes, Adriatic Outfitters< '/a>, put three nice steelies in the boat on Sunday. Take not of the Brad's Roe Bead in the photo, three of the four fish boated (and many more hook-ups) this last weekend where brought in with this gear.

The B-run of winter-fun (sic) steelhead are finally starting to show up in numbers on the Cowlitz River. I talked to a few guides that had some great luck this weekend (and we all know “luck” has more to do with knowledge and preparation than the favor of the fickle Lady Luck). The boats weren’t limiting out in a fast ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (3/11/13)


Things are looking up! Yesterday at least four Chinook were hooked at the Barrier Dam, two were landed, the other two still have hooks in them somewhere. Only one steelhead was hauled to the bank. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 145 winter-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (3/5/13)


They’ve been calling this “The Year of the BIG Steelhead.” The B-run of the winter-run steelhead generally run larger than the fish in the early run, that’s a well-known fact. The early run of the winter-run steelhead normally range between 6 and 10 pounds, a big fish in the late run is usually around 15 pounds. This year they are ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (2/11/13)

Cowlitz River, Blue Creek Boat Launch, Feb. 9, 2013

The number of steelhead making their way up to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery nearly quadrupled this week. But don’t get too excited, there were just a half dozen steelhead last week. If you’ve heard rumors of early spring Chinook being caught at Barrier Dam and Blue Creek last week, don’t believe them. (The locals — myself included — would rather ... Read More »

Cowlitz River Fishing Report (2/4/13)

Cowlitz River, Blue Creek, Dec. 2012

Last week Tacoma Power recovered just six winter-run steelhead, 17 coho adults and four jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. Last week’s count was 12 winter-run steelhead and the week before that 24 steelhead came through the separator. The count has gone nowhere but down over the last several weeks. We are still looking for ... Read More »

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