Fishing the Cowlitz is still going o.k. There are some nice fish out there but you do have to put your time in. As we all know we don’t have that many fish this year. Steel head fishing has been spotty. Some days they do good and go out the next day and don’t get a bite. They are recycling steel head now so if you get one with a tag in be sure to bring it in so we can turn it in. If we don’t get enough tags back they won’t recycle. I have had some turned in already. The steel head they are catching are very nice. Still using a lot of jigs, corkies and sand shrimp and eggs if you like bait. A variety of colors are being used.
I had a nice 19lb fall Chinook come in yesterday. That was caught at the Barrier Dam. So we do have a few fall kings coming in. There are some nice late spring Chinook being caught also. They are using mostly shrimp, eggs, and corkies for the salmon. Most of the boats are still fishing for steel head.
The water level has been up and down. That does affect the bite the fishermen tell me.
Take a day when you have time and patience and go fishing and you will catch a nice fish.
Barrier Dam Campground