Regional Reports-West

Cowlitz

Summer steelhead action on the Cowlitz River goes for several months. You can fish from the bank near the dam-drift eggs and shrimp. Boaters can target steelhead in large holding pools. Good drifts exist between the salmon and trout hatcheries. You can keep two steelhead at least 20 inches long per day. Return all steelhead with a clipped right ventral fin or intact adipose fin. Good fish often come out the Middle Cowlitz downstream from the salmon hatchery barrier dam near Salkum. There is no closed season on steelhead. Troll herring or a Flatfish lure for chinook, cohos and steelhead. Be sure to read all the state rules for the Cowlitz. Contact: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (360-696-6211).