Cowlitz River Back to Washington

Fishing Rules

Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement. Barbless hooks required for SALMON, STEELHEAD, and CUTTHROAT.
Aug 01 thru May 31
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Additional Information


From Lexington Drive Bridge (Sparks Road Bridge) at Lexington upstream to 400' or posted markers below the Barrier Dam.

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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