Cowlitz River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

SALMON
Min. size 12". Daily limit 6. Up to 2 may be adults. Only hatchery CHINOOK and hatchery COHO may be retained.
Jan 01 thru Dec 31
All Game Fish
Catch-and-release except daily limit 3 hatchery STEELHEAD.
Apr 01 thru Jun 01
TROUT
Min. size 12". Daily limit 5, no more than 3 hatchery STEELHEAD.
Jun 02 thru Jul 31
Other Game Fish
Statewide min. size/daily limit except no min. size/daily limit for BASS, CHANNEL CATFISH, and WALLEYE.
Jun 02 thru Mar 31
TROUT
No more than 1 hatchery STEELHEAD from mouth to Lexington Bridge. Release wild CUTTHROAT.
Jun 16 thru Jul 31
TROUT
Min. size 12". Daily limit 5, no more than 3 hatchery STEELHEAD except release all STEELHEAD from mouth to Lexington Bridge. Release wild CUTTHROAT.
Aug 01 thru Aug 31
TROUT
Min. size 12". Daily limit 5, no more than 3 hatchery STEELHEAD except no more than 1 hatchery STEELHEAD from mouth to Lexington Bridge. Release wild CUTTHROAT.
Sep 01 thru Oct 31
TROUT
Min. size 12". Daily limit 5, no more than 3 hatchery STEELHEAD. Release wild CUTTHROAT.
Nov 01 thru Mar 31
Water Quality

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Location

Additional Information

Description:

From Barrier Dam to Mayfield Dam.

Barbless hooks required for SALMON, STEELHEAD, and CUTTHROAT.

Chinook salmon retention to close July 3 on Cowlitz River

Action: Chinook salmon retention closes on the Cowlitz and Cispus rivers and in Lake Scanewa.
Effective dates: July 3 through July 31, 2018.
Species affected: Chinook salmon.
Locations: The Cowlitz River from the mouth to Forest Road 1270, Cispus River, and Lake Scanewa.
Reason for action: The 2018 Cowlitz River spring chinook return was forecast to be low relative to recent years and the return to date has been below expectations. WDFW is closing the fishery now to ensure hatchery broodstock goals are met, and to allow for additional fish to be transported above Cowlitz Falls Dam for reintroduction purposes.
Additional information: The Cowlitz River fall chinook run will begin arriving in August as the spring chinook run comes to end, so the fishery regulations will revert to permanent regulations on Aug. 1. All other permanent rules remain in effect. Please refer to the Sport Fishing Pamphlet for complete rule information.

Boat Launch:
Two Poles Allowed:
Kids Only:
County: Cowlitz State: WA Country: United States

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