The most productive steelhead and salmon river in Washington. Stocked with high numbers of fish, this is a year round fishery. Most bank fishing occurs at the Salmon Hatchery below Barrier Dam as well as the Blue Creek trout hatchery. Can be very crowded at times, a jet boat or drift boat will give you access to less crowded water. An underrated Sea-Run Cutthroat fishery exists in late summer and fall in the lower river.
Contains a popular fly
fishing only section in the upper river. This columbia river tributary is a popular salmon and steelhead fishery and is open all year. With three distinct runs of steelhead (winter, spring, and summer), it is probably a fly fisher’s best shot at a steelhead in May when other rivers are closed. Though a small river, certain sections can be floated. The brushy banks and small water call for switch rods and single handers. The best access to the water is on the North side of the river along the Kalama River Rd just East from I-5.
Tributaries to the Cowlitz. Summer steelhead and coho fishery when open.