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Name: dj2loud Date: February 25, 2017 Rating:
 
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Boy from what I'm seeing and hearing the smelt fishery was a bust! Obviously the WDFW had their head where the sun dont' shine unless your walking around naked for sure..... Such a miss managed mess we have going on in this state... Wipe this bastard clean and start over..... We are in a world of hurt in washington........


Be prepared for lies, lies and more lies to come......

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Name: Scheindogg Date: February 23, 2017 Rating:
 
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Got to blue creek area trout hatchery around 7. Fished a couple spots between the trout hatchery and blue creek with not a bite.
Tried spinners, drifting corkies. One guy on a boat caught a steelhead and we overheard him saying he caught a big fish yesterday about 25lbs. He also said the river has been getting better for steelhead day by day the last week. Wasn't for me tho.
Headed down to barrier dam around 10. Water was SUPER high (as it was near blue creek), tried drifting large corkies, also tried floating a jig. No one in this area seemed to have a single hit. Although when I went up to the fishing boundary marker right below the dam I did see a couple risers but that's it..

Getting very discouraged as I've gone steelheading/salmon fishing about 10 times now and I got skunked every time ??.
Hopefully when the run picks up and the springers come I'll have better luck!

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Name: Johnny Darter Date: November 25, 2016 Rating:
 
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Went out fishing the last few days on the upper cowlitz by Packwood. Water was really clear but found some holes to catch a few coho from. Caught a quite a few jacks but finally reeled in this nice hen that I kept. Two casts later caught another one bigger then this but had a rosie blush so I set her free. I have found over the years fishing this section of river black jigs work well. All of my fish the last few days have been caught jigging a 1/4 oz black and red aerojig.

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Name: fish_4_coho Date: November 11, 2016 Rating:
 
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With part of the morning and afternoon free, I headed for the barrier dam. Its close and convenient and a spot you can catch a fish from time to time. I wasn't expecting the number of people I saw when I got there, especially since the run size dropped according to Tacoma City Lights fish report. After finding a spot I found out why. One guy in a boat just below the launch was into a nice coho, and I saw a few more on the bank. It wasn't too long before my turn came up. Fun fish with reel screaming runs and multiple flips. Got some nice eggs to. I do recommend bringing your patience, and expect a bit of crowding. One guy inadvertently took my spot as I was rerigging, and then had the decency to hook a big bright coho. Just the way things go. In the past I would get mad, but then I realized that just made my day of fishing not fun, and pretty much at the barrier dam, if there are fish and you find a spot to fish, somebody probably doesn't like you too well for the moment either. For me its more fun to just go with it and keep fishing. One other plus today: no snagged fish. Me or anyone else.

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Name: fish_4_coho Date: November 06, 2016 Rating:
 
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Finally got a chance to get back out fishing finally. Coho numbers have been steady on Cowlitz, but not very impressive. I did see a number of happy guys carrying out at least one fish. Good number of jacks around also, so enough to keep things interesting. But this is the barrier dam, and as usual, as soon as I caught my fish, I was surrounded. So if you like people, your never lonely. But I can't complain. Everybody needs a spot to fish. If you do come, my recommendation is bring eggs. I tried shrimp, but the river is full of chinook smolts that massacred my shrimp. They still did a number on my eggs, which is why my fish has a spoon in its mouth, but they did last longer.

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Name: seattlesteban Date: October 17, 2016 Rating:
 
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2 years ago I fished the Cowlitz at Barrier Dam. Today I attempted to recreate that magic.

I hooked into two dark kings. Shortly after that a crew of dudes posted upstream from me and proceeded to pull in 4 silvers.

Position is key in this fishery!

For the future readers of this report, water level was about 6500 CFS. The weekend had a large storm, tons of water. When night set the rain was rediculous. The dudes gave up.

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6' leader with corky. Scent is good
Baitcaster is not good for this area. I need to get a spinning rod setup, preferably 12' or longer.

There is still time to fish this fishery

If anyone located in the greater seattle area has a 12' + long spinning rod combo for sale (OR FREE, HEH HEH HEH), let me know in the comments!

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Name: Adriatic Outfitters Date: October 12, 2016 Rating:
 
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The Cowlitz has not been bad for Coho and some Chinook. The biggest problem the river is low and clean. The good and bad news is we have a major storm coming in tonight and will last through the weekend. This storm will have strong winds and heavy rain. First is I want to make sure everyone is safe, so if you are going to be out be careful. Now the good news is this system will push a lot of fish up the river and also raise the level and give some nice color. So next week I will be out fishing and still have some dates available as I see the fishing to last well into November. See you on the water.

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Name: Tylerpearson19 Date: October 09, 2016 Rating:
 
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Started about 645am today down in Castle Rock area to see if I could catch me a silver. Saw alot jumping first thing sun uprotection was only able to get one to bite for 3 hrs. Watched a kid across river catch a silver with a bright orange spinner.

After that I moved up to barrier dam to see the action up there. When I arrived I noticed alot of people still catching kings. So I figured why not try. It's fun no matter what and I saw a few that were still decent color being pulled.

After about an hour a buddy of mine hooked into a nice 15+ lpl king and got it to shore (pictured) I hooked up with 4 more fish but was only able to get one to the bank and boy was she wore out. (Picture) overall my buddy and I went 2 for 6 for salmon

Gotta be a little more patient and wait for the push of the coho!

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Name: HookEmBoy Date: October 09, 2016 Rating:
 
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Below Barrier Dam what a good day alot of fish and hookups
Hook up 1 coho a very nice size and land it as well as a king but it was a native. Lost 3 kings

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Name: fish_4_coho Date: October 01, 2016 Rating:
 
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I must say first that if you don't like lots of people around you when fishing, the barrier dam is not a good choice. But if you are willing to accept the challenges and give fellow fisherman a little consideration, it can pay off. I did only give this a three because most of the fish I saw caught were worn out chinooks, although a surprising number were hooked in the mouth. From what I saw, the only ones snagged were by accident, which is inevitable up here. Try all you want, even the best fisherman snag an old boot on occasion. So after getting rained on a few times, and not seeing much to get excited by, I was considering leaving. Then out of the blue came a smashing strike and a bright summer steelhead catapulted out of the river and then ran off downstream. three more times it came out, and I finally caught up with it and let it wear itself out after getting my line over a line of ducking fisherman. Nice hatchery hen steelhead. Not what I planned to catch, but no complaints here.

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