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Name: natetreat Date: April 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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I'm having too much fun guys. Fishing has been great. Springers are picking up, but steelhead are where it's at. Man it's been so much fun.

A couple of days in the last week we've had double digit hookups. Sometimes they don't make it to the boat, but when you're touching that many fish, it's hard to complain. Night and day to Puget Sound rivers. Counts at the dam are showing a growing number of springers, but don't let the low number fool you. They're in there in the lower river, they just need to see the right bait.

The guys at Barrier have been having more luck, free drifting eggs and soaking bait near the boat ramp. On the bank, the flats have been putting out more fish than the past few weeks, which opens up a bit more water at Blue Creek. Try your luck with a red and black 1/16th oz. jig, squirt a little anise on it and let it float. These fish are biters! Not te mention that witht he sun the other day, I caught my first sunburn of the season. I think that the weather mistook April for July!

I'm headed out for clams and Easter this morning, but I'll be back at it in the week. I have a few dates here and there, I'd hate to see you miss out.

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Name: sealegs Date: April 18, 2014 Rating:
 
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Felt " sick " on Thursday night and called in "sick" on Friday. Amazingly, I felt better as I was driving down to the Cowlitz River to try my odds at a second Chinook. I prepped Roe sacks the night before and used them. I also add Pro cure garlic to the Roe. No sure if that is overkill so let me know if it is. I also used Spin and Glow size 4.

Anyway, I worked the bank, targeting bushes, trees, etc. Felt good about my strategy but not luck after four hours.

I was out in the elements, day off of work and watched an Eagle build a nest. A Great day!!!
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Name: natetreat Date: April 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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The Cowlitz steelhead have been great. There are lots of fish, and they're willing to play! Springers are slowly showing themselves, but the area around blue creek and below has been pretty darn good. There have been some big number days up towards barrier on springers, but it seems like the bite lasts an hour, and randomly appears.

The best bet for those on the bank is going to be the mouth of Blue Creek. Later in the week after the flows have steadied after the weekend drop seems to be the best. When the water changes abruptly, it throws off the bite for a day or two. Generally they lower it on the weekends, which holds them up, but also can affect tehir willingness to play.

It's great to have a reliable go to steelhead run! We have numbers and biters! Send me an email if you'd like to get out, I have some dates available. Like my page on facebook for weekly specials and reports - www.facebook.com/natetreatfishing



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Name: NITRO 175 Date: April 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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started at the dam after a few hours fishing there of no fish I decided to head down to blue creek got to the parking lot and there was hardly any parking so I park above the boat ramp and started fishing working my way down river after a few hours I finally got to the summer hole talked to one fisherman there and said that earlier that day a few guys got there fish and he also had one on the stringer so I head my way toward the creek as I got there one guy was walking out of there with two bright hens and looking around about four other stringers with fish on it after a while of losing a few fish I finally landed one and landing that fish lost my spot it's all good so I move back up river and hooked on a few more but couldn't land them it was getting late so I pack out with one steely
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Name: mizm05 Date: April 09, 2014 Rating:
 
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Hit Blue Creek because we heard B run steel had been pretty active. It was dead. Well, I should say it was dead anywhere up river from the actual Blue Creek. We didn't get the inside scoop from a very nice local gentleman until it was already time for us to leave. Figures... Also fished Barrier for a bit, same story up there. Some guy landed a jack Springer just free drifting huge globs of eggs...and we saw one other guy with a fish on up toward the rock garden by the falls of the dam, but he let it get out into the big boulders toward the middle of the river and lost it in there. We never saw what it was.

So here's the tip that the local guy gave us. We are pretty new to the Cow, so we didn't know this ahead of time. The steel are mainly hanging out right around Blue Creek or down river from the outfall pipe. That outfall pipe is spitting out water and the steel smell it and head for it because that's the smell they are tracking to know where they came from. So you will get a few that still go up river (we saw a banker catch one first thing in the morning up by the BC boat launch), but the main group of fish will be right around the creek, or below it. You're gonna have plenty of company down there so be forewarned. I was wondering why there were so many cars in the parking lot but nobody was fishing on the boat launch stretch of bank.

Hopefully you use this info and have better luck than we did. We completely skunked for the day. I did hook into something on a spinner, but it was very brief and after a violent shake it was gone. The skunk streak continues...can we get back to salmon season please? LOL
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Name: natetreat Date: April 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fishing on the Cowlitz for springers is starting to pick up! The B-run steelhead are in. We were searching for springers yesterday from Barrier to Blue Creek. Springers are a little slow, but they are there. The main action is around Blue Creek and below, with bank anglers doing pretty well too.

After an amazing season on the Wynoochee, a vacation to the coast, I'm really excited to start catching some big fish on the Cowlitz. I have some days available to put you on some fish, so give me a call. Another thing to keep in mind is that I'm booking for June summer steelhead/chinook trips already. The forecast for kings is looking good, and these are popular trips. Get on the books early to get the best day and I'll take you out on a fish catching adventure.

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Name: Bay wolf Date: April 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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I got the pleasure of fishing with Nate and his Father yesterday. We had a great trip! I lost a couple of fish ( my own fault) and we got that really nice Steel.

We had a great time and some really good laughs!

The fish are in, but the bank access is really, really crowded. I'm sure that Nate is getting pretty booked up, but if you get a chance, you should get ahold of him and schedule a trip. It is so stress free to drift and be able to fish the holes without a million of your closest friends casting next to you.

Nate will get you on the fish!


Oh, and asking him about his turkey stealing dog! I had tears in my eyes laughing so hard!
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Name: AJFishdude Date: March 27, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished the Cowlitz today from the bank by the Blue Creek launch. Started fishing at about 6:30am or so and left around 9:30am. Not a lot happening for us or the other guys on the bank at the spot. I did see one caught out in the middle of the river from some guys who appeared to be side drifting from a boat. Anyway, I spent most of the morning casting various corky and yarn combinations in pink, orange and black. I even tried a metallic blue corky with black yarn at one point, just because. No strikes on anything. The friends I went with were also using similar gear, as well as yarn balls. Eventually I went to a white and light pink jig, still with no luck. That was about the point at which we decided to pack it up, get something to eat and head to the Skook.
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Name: Toni Date: March 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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It rained, it was windy, and some sun showed up. I don’t know exactly where we were but Phil knew where some fish were.
We were happy!


We are in a battle! Angler against fish! We need an arsenal of weapons and at my site you will find some of those different weapons. For all those who wannafish a lure come in and take a look at WannafishALure.com.
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Name: salmonbarry Date: March 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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25 years ago on March 14th my father passed away also yesterday would have been his 98th birthday, so in honor on his memory took yesterday day off to do what he loved best, to go fishing!! He introduced me to fishing when I was 5 years old and caught my first trout in the Big Sur river and have never looked back!

Met up with buddy Craig to chase some steelhead and springers on the Cowlitz~ we were on the water by 7:15 and worked the area hard in front of the Blue creek launch and saw one fish hooked and landed. Worked our way down to fish below the hatchery and saw 2 more hooked but lost by another boat. We were drift fishing with just a tuft of yarn and scent with a small amount of weight to get it dancing on the bottom. The river was running at about 14,000 so pushing through pretty fast so we were hoping to find some fish lurking along the edges to get out of the current. No such luck!

After a quick lunch break, motored up towards Barrier and found a nice slot to anchor and put out the rods for springers. Ran the 2 outside rods with cut plug and the inside ones with cured coon shrimp. After sunshine, hail, rain, wind sunshine, more rain, we finally had a nice take down on one of the inside rods that I grabbed and fish on! It ran down steam before making a turn around the boat and coming back up, tangling with another line that went right to the tip of my pole. I slowly worked the fish towards the boat so as not to knot up the lines wrapped around the tip and cracker off this fish and sure enough, got it close enough to get the net under it. A nice little bright steelhead! Number 4 for me this year so I am pretty happy but really was hoping for some of that prized Springer slabs to take home!

Back in went the rods and before long, had another take down that this one went to Chris on the boat and he worked it up to the net for our second steelhead of the day, plus his 1st ever!

That was about it but a great day for me to spend with great company and knowing my pop smiling down on us with a big smile on his face and as always, hoping to make him proud! Hitting the Skookumchuch Saturday so see you on the water!
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