Guided Cowlitz River Fishing is a year around fishery. Also a large tributary of the Columbia River and an ultimate Washington State fishing river. Tributaries of the Cowlitz River is a vast region including the slopes of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens. The Cowlitz River allows for year around guided fishing with some really exceptional months.
The Cowlitz River gets great runs of spring Chinook salmon, fall Chinook salmon, Coho / silver Salmon, winter Steelhead and summer Steelhead. Winter Steelhead starts around the 1st week in December, fishing into March. I transition from Cowlitz River guided winter Steelhead fishing to guiding for Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon Fishing. Spring Chinook Salmon fishing on the Columbia starts Mid-March. I will continue to fish for spring chinook through May. The beginning of June is when I return to guiding on the Cowlitz River for Summer Steelhead.
Cowlitz River for Spring Chinook Salmon starts around the beginning of April and are targeted into June. The Cowlitz River allows anglers to have an opportunity at catching Spring Chinook Salmon and Spring Steelhead at the same time. Cowlitz River summer steelhead fishing will fish into August. Once August hits I leave the Cowlitz River and head to Buoy 10 Salmon Fishing / Astoria Salmon Fishing.
Fall Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon start trickling into the Cowlitz River system in August, but most won’t start Cowlitz River Fishing until the first or second week in September when Buoy 10 Salmon Fishing has slowed down or when you are not able retain of Fall Chinook Salmon Below Tongue Point. A lot of Cowlitz River fishing guides will fish for fall Chinook Salmon and Coho salmon into November.
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