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Name: entropico Date: June 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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I don't post much, but I had not seen much from the Cowlitz River so I thought it would add some knowledge. Three of us arrived near the Barrier Dam at around 0730. I have not fished Chinnok before this season, but it was my third visit. I hooked a Chinook on my third cast and fought it for about four minutes or so, before it snapped my 20lbs test mainline. That was the first hook up I had had for these really strong fish. It took off about four times on me and jumped about three and I thought I had it tired out so I prematurely tightened up my drag and was going to reef it in. Next time I will take it much more slowly. I was using a pink corky and purple yarn with bloody tuna scent. We fished until 4pm or so and I had a two more bites, but nothing near as exciting as the first. One of my partners hooked one off the gravel dump using a twitching jig and bobber. Most everyone was using a bobber rig of some sort, but catching was sporadic. Some local teenagers were killing it, but they had basically been fishing it all week (School got out) and knew right where the pools were. It was nice to see fish caught regardless. Beautiful day and well worth the trip even without a caught fish. Next time I will take some pictures.
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Name: KIDKOKANEE Date: June 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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Me and a fishing buddy headed down to Oly to buy a Outboard from a classified ad got crossed by the seller enroute and had to kill some time to meet up ! SOOO we went fishn the Cowlitz Barrier Dam fished fished fished and fished saw a few steelhead caught and got a sucker fish but nothing but practising for that big hit on the pole! Water really low waded way out there could hit the opposite side with a heavy weight! Finally called it and had an early dinner and headed to Riffe Mossy Rock Dam for kokanee still waiting on our seller for our new outboard ! Got crossed again last minute excuse family etc etc,, so we got to fish !! we still enjoyed our first day of summer fishing and a road trip from DesMoines. So There!! Didnt waste our Day! ha Ha !!
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Name: Fishman_Kuzan Date: June 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got out for a great day of springer fishing last week. Launched o dark thirty at the barrier access site. River was pretty desolate which was not what I expected. Flows had been dropped significantly and a new weather system was moving in so fishing was questionable. Worked some holes hard and had a fish on first thing in the morning. Things looked good, but the rest of our limit came throughout the day and fish weren't really back to back making it a 4 vs. a 5. That being said there were plenty of fish to be had and we capitalized on our true opportunities while missing a couple of short bites and it was an awesome day. Bouncing bait on the bottom was the method of choice and you really had to get in in their face for a bite. Once the fish hit you knew it though, and what a fight!

My journey for my first springer started on the Icicle June 1st, a trip in which I missed two fish and slept in a drift boat for the opportunity to catch one of these prized specimen. Getting my two fish on this trip was really rewarding and I am hooked on springers for sure. My two came in at around 17 and 14 pounds, were chrome bright, and had awesome red meat. Boat limited out with 8 adults and 1 jack, off the water at 3:00 and fish on the grill by 5:00.

Tight lines all!
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Name: AJFishdude Date: May 31, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished the Cowlitz at the barrier dam early this morning for spring Chinook. Saw quite a few fish hooked/landed with people having success drifting glow corkies, using darts, drifting eggs, and floating eggs under a bobber. I was able to get this chrome bright 9# Chinook by floating a big clump of Steelhead eggs that were cured up with pink Pautzke's Borx O' Fire about 10' under the bobber.

It didn't take too long for me to get the hook up after switching to the eggs. I was only into my third clump on the hook, so it was probably within half an hour or so of actual fishing time with the eggs. My first two clumps I fished a bit shallower, maybe about 8', but I lengthened it out to about 10 or maybe 11' feet for the third clump and got the fish around 8:15am.
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Name: fishonfool Date: May 30, 2014 Rating:
 
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Side planned plugs just above the toutle with no luck this am. 4 others fishing eggs n shrimp with no luck. Saw no fish roll or splash. Lots of smolts/small trout pecking at offerings.
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Name: tele_maniac Date: May 30, 2014 Rating:
 
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Hit Barrier Dam on Friday evening with Hepker hoping to catch my first Springer of the season. We float fished eggs and sand shrimp for several hours. Missed a couple take downs, had two solid bites that both came unhooked after a few seconds, but finally managed to hookup this little brute. He put up a great fight. Jumped clean out of the water when he took my bait then made a beeline for the fast water below the pool. After 5 tiring minutes I got him out of the rapids and into the net. Even if he is small I was happy to go home with a beautiful fish!
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Name: Weekend-warrior17 Date: May 23, 2014 Rating:
 
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Drove down Thursday night (Slept in the Truck) in hopes of bringing home some fish. Up bright an early in line at barrier tossing eggs under a float as usual. A few guys tagged springers early but it died off quick. At around 8:30 i took off to blue creek to escape the battle grounds. Blue creek only had a handful of trailers parked and i only saw a couple fly guys bankin it. Was really nice and relaxing. I was having car problems so no matter what i was forced to stick it out there while my engine cooled. Started over at the entrance of the parking lot and worked my way down casting Spinners avoiding the use of bait because the smolt population out there right now is unreal. Lookin for springers but testing the waters for early summer's only had a couple bumps and a solid drive by that had the possibility of being anything other than smolt . The Cow was a let down today. All things aside the trout were something , couple pictures because why not. See next report write up for the end of my trip out at Riffe .
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Name: NITRO 175 Date: May 10, 2014 Rating:
 
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My son and I went to the dam yesterday, he just got back from Alaska his there for college any way he hasn't fish since winter break so he really wanted to go to try his luck, we got there at about three thirty there wasn't that many people fishing went down talk to couple locals that I know or fish with so after that not much going on but the water level was up so I told my son pitch close to the bank about the fourth cast bobber down set hook missed it on the other hand my bobber went down set hook land fish on landed it got one the punch card few hours later run out of shrimp packed up and went home we had few other take down but didn't get them in, we saw two other fish caught while we were fishing.
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Name: KIDKOKANEE Date: May 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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Well I m on Vacation Missed the Lake Wilderness Opener to many boat trls got turned away fished lake Meridian and my fire extinguisher pin fell out and shot off all over big mess still cleaning it up put boat under tarp and tried the River for Salmon my buddy caught a 20 pound springer last Sunday April 26th just up from the boat launch about where they usually start line up mid dam to boat launch beautifull fish lil black n green spotted corkies 8 plus on leader !! So me n big Jim he's retired railroad n Im Vacation Local Semi driver head to the spot n we got it used up to 2 oz cannon balls to get out far enough not to snag Big Jim moved closer to the boat launch and fit in well I would budge Jim lost close to a doz set uo me total 4 after 2 n half hours plus and only two fish saw caught just to the left of me at the big tree next to the water they were wading out n fast n deep water very scary (not me) but they could cast far enough to get into the fish we tried n tried n tied n tied !! Left n headed to Cabelas a checked out the sunglasses better weather on its way!! ME PERSONALLY NEVER LANDED A KEEPER AND TOOK HOME A NICE SALMON OR STEELHEAD FROM THE COWLITZ !! But I have seen it done! with determintation and alot of work!! they are there!! (Had a big truck throw a couple rocks at my windshield and two cracks luckily could be fixed) My uncle passed that night also Not goin good staying home bad weather n regrouping fishin gear u probabaly see my classified hear soon weeding out and being reasonable ! Ha!! FISH ON!!! PS thanks for your reports on Chelan my fishn buds declined weather issues smaller open boats maybe next year!! TIGHT LINES!!!
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Name: SilverSlayer Date: May 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished Barrier Dam area from 6 to 9:30 this morning. Fishing was slow, only saw one springer landed from the riffle above the boat launch. Saw another brief hook-up in the same area, but thats it. Question, when does it get good up there?. Lots of people floating eggs, and drift fishing corkies.

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