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Report as of December 18, 2018

Cowlitz River - ........

 

COWLITZ DAILY FISHING REPORT

Dated 8/13/17

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Rob Crandal from Water Time Outfitters in Oregon City fishing with John Kendall from Black Heron Fly Fishing this morning went 1 for 3 steelies. Rob hooked up immediately in the first hole we visited. A great time was had by both of us remembering the times at Larrys Sports Center in Beaverton and Oregon City where we began out careers in the fishing industry.

Dated 8/10/17

Ray Johnson, George Foshee and Bill Barker with some summer run from the Cowlitz river.

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Dated 8/8/17
Tony Williams with a nice summer run from the Cowlitz river using his single hand fly rod.

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Dated 8/4/17
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Ray Johnson with a nice summer from the Cowlitz at 34inches and 14 pounds.

Date 8/2/17

BEWARE OF PEOPLE STEALING STEELHEAD WHILE YOU ARE ANGLING ON THE COWLITZ RIVER. THIS HAS HAPPENED AGAIN THIS MORNING FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A YEAR.
A YOUNGER WOMEN WATCHING AN ANGLER THIS MORNING MOST LIKELY TOOK A STEELHEAD FROM THE BANK JUST AFTER SUNRISE FROM A LOCAL FLY ANGLER AT BLUE CREEK.

REPORT VIOLATIONS TO THE POLICE BY CALLING 911 FOR ANY THEFT , VANDALISM OR POACHING.

Dated 8/1/17
john8117

WERE BACK!!!!!!
John Kendall from Black Heron Fly Fishing and Frank Fortino.

The fly fishing on the Cowlitz was good this morning with most fly anglers getting a steelhead.

Contact Black Heron Fly Fishing for info on the Cowlitz river at 360-575-3970 office and ask for John

Night closure in effect below Lexington Bridge.

Reduced hatchery steelhead limit of 2 per day.

No fishing below the lexington bridge for steelhead.

You do not have too kill hatchery steelhead on the Cowlitz due to reduced numbers being expected this summer.

Dated 7/7/17

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A nice summer run steelie caught by John Kendall from Black Heron Fly Fishing. John Hooked three steelies and lost the first one on a piece of stray spectra fiber line that was in the stream. The third fish was lost after  short fight  and a direct run at the angler from about 35 feet. Fun was had by all this morning. It was beautiful, cool and very pleasing.

Several other anglers were also luck including two other fly anglers who were in boats.

If your in need of a guided trip contact John at Black Heron Fly Fishing 360-575-3970 or email at johnkendall_56@msn.com

We provide guided flyfishing services on the Cowlitz, Kalama and several lakes in the area using our custom drift boat.

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All your needs will be taken care of during our trips, including lunch, snacks, drinks rods, reels, lines, flies,leaders,  and shuttle services. You only need your fishing license, waders, boots and rainwear. We even watch your vehicle while fishing.
Drop us a call if you have any questions at 360-575-3970 or email us at johnkendall_56@msn.com

Dated 7/6/17

john76171
Hey Look who got the 2nd summer steelie on the fly this year. Non other than Mr Ray Johnson. Rays fly of choice as the Oregon Stater  Tube fly using his spey rod.
There were several fish caught this morning from the boats and a couple from the bank by fly rodders. The steelies are just moving into the area around Blue Creek and should provide good action from here on out during the summer.

If your looking too book a trip on the Colwitz please call John at Black Heron Fly Fishing from 10am-6pm. 360-575-3970 office or 360-431-7045 cell and leave a message.

We provide the rods reels and lines plus all your flies and lunch. You only need a fishiing license , waders ,boots and rain gear.

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Rocky Rockwood with a nice steelie from the Lower Cowlitz river .

Dated 7/3/17

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A beauty of a summer run steelie from the Cowlitz river. Caught by Russel Stevens on his fly rod on Satruday morning.

River level is now at a wonderful height about 4000 cfs and holding.

Call Black Heron Fly Fishing if you have questions at 360-575-3970 office
and ask for John.

Dated  6/22/17

The Cowlitz is finally down below 10000 cfs at 9600cfs today.
The steelies are still a bit lacking in numbers but they are present in the river.

The Tiger Muskies are present in the river system in Mayfield lake and taking flies.
The best flies are Black and White in about 5-7 inlong streamers.

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Popular minnow pattern for Tiger Muskies.

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Some popular minnow patterns for tigers.

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Ray Johnson with a nice Tiger Muskie he caught with Mike Sturza from Lost Creek Fly Shop. Ray caught 3 Tiger this day ranging from 44 inches to 36 to 30. A very good day. Your a great guide Mr Mike.

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Ray with his 44 inch Tiger from Mayfield reservoir. About 25-30 pounds.
Dated 6/17/17

The Cowlitz river is at 10700 cfs flow and fishable but high. There are a few steelies around but not large numbers.

A fly for the Cowlitz river that has produced well in the past.
The Pink Panther

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A great fly in the tail outs and other areas using sinking tips and sinking leaders.
Get these flies from Black Heron Fly Fishing.
360-575-3970 office

Dated 6/12/17

Are you ready for some summer steelies??????

The water has finally dropped too 6000 cfs and should provide afew fish. The counts are still low but at least they have lowered the river levels.

If you have a raft or boat your chances are better.

There are new regulations which we are checking on at this time. Be aware they have lowered the bag limit on the Cowlitz.

Barbed hooks are allowed according to the regulations from June 1st through July 31st, 2017.

Dated 5/29/17

The Cowlitz river is still high at 12300 cfs and continuing too rise.

High Snow Pack is still present in the cascades making the run off  unpleasant to fish in.

The winter steelies have begun to disappear and the summer runs have begun too arrive in the river. High water will make the summers return earlier rather than later in most cases.

Be on the look out for the counts too start rising in the near future.