Despite Rain, Steelhead Still Running Up the Cowlitz

By The Chronicle

Despite the heavy rains, the Cowlitz River is still producing steelhead and coho.

Steelhead are primarily being caught at the trout hatchery, with coho near the salmon hatchery, according to Joe Hymer, area Washington Department of Wildlife fish biologist.

“The steelhead fishing is doing best at the Blue Creek area, but we are getting fish all the way up to Barrier Dam right now,” said Tracey Borsom of Fish Country, Inc. in Ethel.

Success is coming from a variety of baits, including jig and bobber, glow bead with sand shrimp tail and steelie spoons. Borsom said as always, landing the fish is much more difficult than getting them to bite. She added that the silvers are disappearing, and if you do catch one, it is pretty dark.