Cowlitz River Summer Steelhead Fishing

fshappadmin | Posted on August 26, 2016

With the end of spring Chinook season comes summer steelhead fishing. We are already seeing some of these fish being caught on the Cowlitz and the run will be building well into the 4th of July weekend and beyond. Looking to catch your 3 fish limit of powerful, chrome bright summerruns? Then don’t delay and call today to reserve your date. Stop wishing and lets go fishing.


The Cowlitz has two distinct runs of aggressive biting fish, “A” runs which are now in the river and “B” runs which show up later in the summer. The “A” run that is currently here now are 8 to 12 lb. fish destined for the hatchery at Blue Creek. “B”run’s are larger fish 12 to 18 pounds and return to the Barrier Dam hatchery. Due to the Cowlitz River hatcheries seeing an abundance of steelhead return in the last few weeks, the limit has been increased to 3 fish per person. Lets go get ’em!


Currently we are catching an average of 3 to 5 fish a day and expect those number to increase into double digits by the 4th of July weekend. Several limits have been caught on various days freedrifting from Blue Creek to the I-5 Bridge. We are using Fetha Styx FSSH 961-2 ultra light spinning rods with Shimano Spinning reels loaded with 8 lb line. Freedrifting produces a fishing style that is very natural to the fish and drifts that are hundreds of yards long covering lots of holding water. Come experience the heart-pounding, fast and intense fish catching action on these ultra light rods!


We are currently taking reservations for both morning and afternoon/evening trips on the Cowlitz. We will be fishing from 2 large roomy 25 foot Alumaweld Super Vee boats with 200 hp motors from Yamaha and Mercury. Prime dates are still available thru August 17th for Cowlitz River Steelhead.

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