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Fishing Rules

Night closure and anti-snagging rule. When anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.
Apr 01 thru Nov 30
Fishing from south side of river is prohibited.
May 01 thru Jun 15


Additional Information


Additional rules for Mill Creek to Barrier Dam upstream from a line from Mill Creek to a boundary marker on the opposite shore.

CLOSED WATERS - from Barrier Dam downstream 400' or the posted deadline.

Fishing from floating devices prohibited at all times.

Hours of access to this area are 4:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. daily.

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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