The Cowlitz River is located in the state of Washington and is a tributary of the Columbia River. Its tributaries drain a large region including the slopes of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens.
When the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery began operation in 1968, it was the largest salmon hatchery in the world. Currently, it produces nearly 13 million fish each year. Adjacent to the salmon hatchery is the barrier dam, which diverts spawning and upriver migrating fish to a separating station where fish are sorted by species. Some of the fish are used by the hatchery while others are transported upstream to continue migration.
If you’re looking for Cowlitz river fishing guides, Dave’s Guide Service provides Cowlitz river salmon and steelhead Fishing Trips out of Toledo Washington.
The Cowlitz is an upper tier fishery, with some of the best winter steelhead runs in the state, plus an awesome fall chinook salmon run August through October.
Dave fishes the Cowlitz River from December through March for winter steelhead and August through October for the larger than life fall King salmon.
Dave also does Summer Steelhead trips and Spring Chinook as well. Give Dave Mallahan of Dave’s Guide Service a call today at (360) 201-9313 and reserve your spot for some Cowlitz river fishing action you’ll never forget.