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Steelhead Fishing

The 2019 Summer Run Steelhead are on their way and now is the time to book that fishing trip you always wanted. I will be fishing the Cowlitz River May 1st through October and you can give me a call today and let's find a date that works for you.

My fishing trips will be for either a half day or full day adventure.
You chose the trip that works best for you.

The half day trip requires 4 people and it is $100 per person. The full day trip requires 2,3 or 4 people at $165 per person.

Call 360-270-1133 or email Bob at

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Steelhead fishing on the Cowlitz River extends from the Barrier Dam Salmon Hatchery, through the Blue Creek Trout Hatchery area and all the way to the Columbia River. The Cowlitz River is a tributary that has fish mostly year round. I have fished this river for about 15 yrs. and I have to tell you, I'm continually surprised by the size of the fish that come out of this river.

Summer-Run Steelhead Fishing

June - September

To view one of our Steelhead fishing video, click the fish below.

Salmon Fishing Video

Summer-run Steelhead on the Cowlitz River, a tributary to the Columbia River, is definitely the #1 hottest Steelhead fishing spot in the State of Washington. Summer-run Steelhead are pound-for-pound the best fighting fish in the Cowlitz River. Strong, hard-running, rod jerking fish with a "catch me if you can" attitude.

Equipment and tackle for Summer-run Steelhead fishing

I catch these bright chrome Steelies using my choice of 10- Lamiglas Certified Pro series rods, 10lb. test Izorline, on Pflueger bait casting / level wind reels.

I use the lightest possible tackle on Summer Run Steelhead. Diver and bait combos, Brad's Wiggle Wart Plugs, Hot Shot Plugs, presented while back trolling, or casting Lure Jensen spoons.

Another favorite technique is corkie and yarn free drifting, bait fishing with shrimp or small clusters of eggs.

Remember presentation is everything!

Winter-Run Steelhead Fishing

February - April

One of the most pronounced differences between winter and summer fishing is the level of the Cowlitz River. In the winter the water level is much higher and flows faster. Compensating for this by altering my tactics is one of my secrets.

Big, strong Winter-run Steelhead usually run 12lbs to as high as 18lbs. The Cowlitz River is really cool this time of year if it's not rainy and cold, it's one of the two, but the absolute silence and beautiful surroundings really make it a river to be floated and fished. I have heaters and hot coffee on board to fend off the chill.

Equipment and tackle for Winter-run Steelhead fishing

I use Flueger bait casting /level wined reels, with 12 lb. test Izorline, on 9- Lamiglas Rock Creek IM7-Series rods.

I fish a lot of light diver and bait combos or plugs, either one of these can really catch beautiful, bright, chrome, Steelhead... A once in a lifetime catch.