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Name: c_saeteurn Date: October 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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hmmm. lewis county, barrier dam doesnt seem to be an fishing option on the location selection. Well Headed out Sunday with a couple friends this morning in search of some coho at barrier; since the reports been pretty good so far. drifted eggs the entire time. 2 hours later. hooked into a 8 - 10 lbs hatchery buck king. kinda dark, so back in it went. That was the only action for me that day. A dozen or so coho pulled out by other bait fisherman. Corkie and yarn guys down river hooked up a few times. But they could never seem to land them. wicked hook sets that slap the water behind them. Was a fun sight to see. Lot of fish rolling and jumping in the middle of the river. Some kings where charcoal black
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Name: tele_maniac Date: October 17, 2014 Rating:
 
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Took a vacation day Friday and hit the Cowlitz river in pursuit of chrome. Had a great time! There were a lot of fishermen out for a weekday. Caught some nice fish, but had to work for them and put in some time. Started off floating eggs at Barrier dam. During the first hour I caught a feisty chrome hen and lost two other fish after brief battles. Continued to float eggs for a couple hours until I ran out of my home cure. Had another handful of bobber downs, but missed the fish. Switched to bottom bouncing corkies. Caught a large slightly blushed hen on my first cast. She put up a great fight! Caught a second smaller blushed hen a few minutes later. Hooked up with a huge colored up King about ten minutes later. It jumped twice and popped my leader as I tried to subdue the beast. Wasn't planning to keep that one anyway, but it would have been fun to get it in and take a closer look at it. Guessing it was about 35 lbs. Took a short break for lunch then brought out the backup store bought eggs and went back to float fishing. Hooked up twice and lost both fish after brief battles. After another hour or so decided to switch back to bouncing corkies. Fishing picked up in the evening about an hour before sundown. Pretty sure some fresh fish pushed up into the hole because the bite got crazy. There were multiple hookup and flying fish everywhere. Lots of chrome came to the bank in a short time. I lost four fish in rapid succession. All of them popped my leaders. One took me down the rapids and got stuck on a log. The other three broke me off out in the hole. Truth is there were so many lines in the water and people around at that point I was horsing them a little too hard trying to get them to the bank without getting tangled with anyone else. All in all it was an amazing day. I went 3/12, but had a blast doing it!
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Name: AJFishdude Date: October 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished the Cowlitz at the barrier dam with some friends. We were standing in the water ready to go when the clock registered an hour before daylight. Started the day off drifting glow corkies and immediately started getting hits. One of the friends I was with brought in a Coho or two on the glow corkies as well as a native Chinook (released). I hooked into one fish that came off after about 10 seconds and then hooked up with another on the glow corkies. Ended up being a wild Chinook buck (probably around 12 or 13lbs), which was promptly released without pictures. The early morning bite was really good but slowed a bit once the sun was up.

After the light had come up enough we all switched to free drifting eggs. I'm very new to that technique and am still getting used to what a bite feels like, but with my 9.5' Shimano Clarus drift rod in hand, I was able to clearly feel one good nibble on the eggs, reeled down, and then set the hook for all it was worth knowing that I had a lot of play in my rod and mono mainline. Anyway, I drove that hook home (through the jawbone I think) and proceeded to play out a nice Coho of about 8lbs that was just starting to darken. It was a lot of fun fighting that fish on that rod with 10lb leader and was also good to get a solid feel for what that soft egg bite is like. The friends I was with were able to bring in about 3 more Coho between them drifting eggs as well.
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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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