May Fishing Report

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 169 winter-run steelhead adults, 60 spring chinook adults, 18 spring chinook jacks, 11 summer-run steelhead adults, and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the week, Tacoma Power released 10 winter-run steelhead adults and one cutthroat trout into the Cispus River near Yellow Jacket Creek and 10 spring chinook adults, one spring chinook jack and eight winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa near Randle. Tacoma Power release eight winter-run steelhead adults into the Tilton River.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approx. 6070 cps on Monday May 10, 2021. Water visibility is 11 feet and the water temperature is 48.2F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.

May Message to Members

Hello FOC members, friends and family.

Let’s Welcome our new President and Vice President to Friends of the Cowlitz. Fred Ming and Howard Paul. They have each been members of FOC for many years and helping out with events, etc. and now have decided to take on these new tasks.

We will also be getting a new Office Manager, Please Welcome Melissa. Leah has decided to step away after over 10+ years of service to FOC.

Please bare with us as we get everything moving along.
If any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us.


FOC Staff

Don Glaser Memorial



Please join Karen Glaser and Family as they

Celebrate the Life of

Donald Henry Glaser


April 24, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

at the family home.

273 Fuller Rd in Salkum

Flowers and Gifts may be sent to the family home at:

273 Fuller Rd
Salkum, WA 98582

March Fishing Report

Saw three fishermen on wed/thur. They were bank fishing, casting out and letting it sit. I only had one customer Thursday. I don’t know if there is going to be a Springer season.
Tacoma Power reported employees recovered 33 winter-run steelhead adults during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week, Tacoma Power released two winter-run steelhead adults into the Cispus River near Yellow Jacket creek.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 7,030 cubic feet per second on Monday, Feb 22. Water visibility is 5 feet and the water temperature is 42.3 F. River flows could change at any time boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.
Riffe Lake was at 720 ft. elev. Four feet higher than the week before and now 29 feet below the new permanent level of the lake of 749 ft. Mossyrock Park launch and day use area are open.
Taidnapam North Boat Launch is closed because of low water.

Barrier Dam Campground.

March Message to Members

Hello Members, Friends and Family of FOC,

We are still working on getting things ironed out for the future of Friends of the Cowlitz.
As of right now newsletters will still be going out.
Please bare with us as we keep working on how things are going to go.
We appreciate your patience in this time.
Thank you and have a great day.

FOC Staff

In Memory of Don

Donald H. Glaser passed away on January 19, 2021 at his home in Salkum, WA. He was 79 years old.

Don was married for 62 years to his wife, Karen. Together, they owned and operated the Barrier Dam Campground for 32 years.

Don was the president of Friends of the Cowlitz, an organization dedicated to protecting fishing opportunities on the Cowlitz river. His memory and advocacy for fishing on the Cowlitz will remain in our hearts forever. Fishing was his life’s passion.

Don passed away peacefully with family by his side. He will be greatly missed by his wife Karen, his daughters Corrine and Julie, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, as well as his dog, Hunter.

If you have memories to share with Don’s family, please send to:

Barrier Dam Campground
273 Fuller Road
Salkum, WA 98582

Thank you from all of Don’s family

December Fishing Report

Things have been pretty slow, but there are still Coho coming in, which is shocking because it is pretty much tail end to be done but they are still coming in.
I have heard that some guys are catching some chrome bright steelhead down at Blue Creek, which is shocking news.
I had a guy today say that he had a guy come in below him and he was a fly fishermen, he hooked a chrome bright steelhead and released it.

Take a nice day, dress warm and go fishing!

Barrier Dam Campground

September Fishing Report

Things on the Cowlitz River are still pretty slow, but the steelhead numbers are picking up so hopefully they start catching them. The guys are still putting in their a=time and so forth, everybody is trying. They are still going after the Kokanee on Riffe Lake and hitting the smaller lakes and streams. Carlisle Lake I have heard there are some really nice sized trout and a few bass have been caught out of there, also nice size catfish.
I’ve heard at Swofford Pond a person going there this week but I don’t know if they did any good or not.
Remember take a nice day and go fishing!

Barrier Dam Campground

Things are pretty slow so far this week, summer run are barely trickling in. If you want to catch summer run you have to put your time in. They are doing pretty well with Kokanee up on Riffe Lake. I keep hearing they have been hitting them real hard.
I have heard of a few bass being caught out on Swofford Pond not much else yet. I haven’t heard of anything from Mayfield this week. I hear of some real nice rainbow being caught out of Crystal Lake.
The river level right now is 6850 as of June 5th.

Take a day and go Fishing!
Barrier Dam Campground

May Fishing Report

They have opened up the fishing and people are out there fishing. As far as I know, everybody is trying to follow the social distancing guidelines. Otherwise, if we don’t they might close fishing again. The fishermen are picking up some late winter-run steelhead down here in the river.
South County Park is still picking up some nice trout. They have closed spring Chinook on the Cowlitz, so you cannot keep salmon. There are a few summer-run steelhead also starting to show.
If you have the patience and the time take a day to relax and go fishing.

Barrier Dam Store