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Name: RiverOtterGS Date: March 31, 2015 Rating:
 
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Today myself and one client met at Blue Creek ramp. It was sunny with a storm front on the horizon. The forecast was for rain, hale, and thunderstorms by 11am. The river was clear and running at 4,000 CFS 46 degrees.

I wanted to get a jump on everyone so I headed down river to try some bait divers since Sunday the guys pulling divers slammed the fish and I did not! I started out with one coon shrimp and one sand shrimp out. Right away we got a hook up but it was a hatchery Cutthroat. No more bites in three holes tried.

Decided to through some bait the rest of the day and we headed up river a ways but below the main crowd. First pass we got a bite, second pass we got our first fish. We spent the next hour drifting this spot and picked up our second fish! Two to go....

So up to the hatchery I headed and we found the fish! Holy *&^ we hooked up 6 times and finally landed our last two fish. It was a great day of fishing for us on a tough day for most. Oh did I mention you could barely see, it was raining so hard the last hour of our trip. Guess it was my turn to have a good day.

Good job today Gary nice job getting those fish to the boat. We had some smoking hot runs and jumps today and the fish seem to be fresh to the system. Saw one springer caught this morning also.

Fishing the Columbia River, Cowlitz River, Chehalis River, Wind River, Drano Lake, and Lake Merwin for salmon, steelhead, and kokanee.

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Name: RiverOtterGS Date: March 16, 2015 Rating:
 
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Today we launched at Blue Creek in the heavy fog and the water rising from 4,000 to just under 5,000 CFS,
and adding color quickly. Visibility around 6 feet going to about 3-4 feet by the end of the day.

We got into three steelhead today with one client onboard and he ended up with his limit side drifting eggs. It was not an easy day we had to cover a lot of water to find our fish. Flame orange got the job done today.

It is always hard to get your fish when the water is rising that quickly. Stick to the edges and you will still find willing takers.

Nothing on plugs today. But did see one boat do well with bait and diver.




Fishing the Columbia River, Cowlitz River, Chehalis River, Wind River, Drano Lake, and Lake Merwin for salmon, steelhead, and kokanee.

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Name: Elcalamar Date: March 15, 2015 Rating:
 
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Went fishing with my buddy yesterday on the Cowlitz. took our time and launched late, which was awesome since we completely missed the rain. We launched at blue creek and boy were there a lot of boats down there!!! Did not see a lot of action but we were just happy it wasnt raining. Finally towards the end of the trip my buddy thinks he got snagged but after a min of tryin to figure out whats goin on the fish strips line and flashes her bright side to us. After a nice intense short fight we hauled in the beautiful chrome hen. She was 31in long and about 18in around and full of eggs. Took out at mission right as it started to rain again. Good day on the water. Got to put my buddy on his ever steelhead and what he claims is one of the biggest fish he's ever caught!! Feels good to get others on fish.
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Name: Mike Carey Date: March 08, 2015 Rating:
 
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Day 2 of our weekend fishing adventure. This time gringo and I fished with his friend Dan. Plan was the same, side drifting or bobber dogging the area around Mission Bar to downriver of Toledo. We launched a little after 7am, and didn't see another boat for 2 hours. We pounder the Toledo launch area. Water was low and clear, conditions cold and foggy. I really had high hopes but no luck.
when the fog cleared we ran up to mission bar and fished that area to Toledo the rest of the day. Saw more boats, but very little success. Maybe 3 fish netted? IDK, could be much better fishing around blue creek but we didn't want to deal with the crowds.
it was a beautiful day on the water. I got to run Gringos boat some more, nice to be trusted with a 30k boat. :-)
Thanks gringo for a nice weekend of fishing, even if the catching wasn't so good.
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Name: Mike Carey Date: March 07, 2015 Rating:
 
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Fished all day with Gringo Pescador, his brother Gene, and friend Jim. We launched out of Toledo at 7am. I had to remind myself that this was Saturday as there were no rigs at the launch, unreal! As we were setting up a boat came by and netted a nice 10-12 pound chrome steelhead. Sweet!

We fished side drifting eggs and corkies. Gringo got lot's of practice running his boat and by the end of the day had side drifting down pretty good. We both agreed that guides make it look easier than it is. I also got to run Gringos boat - that 200 hp motor is a beast on a tiller!

Anyway, for us the fishing was tough. Jim got a nice 6 pound fish, but much to our surprise it wasn't clipped so back safely went. We saw a few caught during the day so hope springs eternal for tomorrow.
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Name: TahoeFisherman Date: March 06, 2015 Rating:
 
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Got out on the Cowlitz on Friday. Lots of sleds on the river, no suprise there, so we ended up hitting most of the gravel brs below blue creek. Landed one hatchery about 6 or seven pounds but saw many fish coming out of the river.
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Name: RiverOtterGS Date: March 05, 2015 Rating:
 
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Fished the Cowlitz river today a chilly start of 33 degrees with 4 guys and a 16 year old young man about to catch his first and soon to be hard to ever beat 18lb hatchery steelhead.
The water was cold at 44.5 the weather colder at 33 and water flowing at 4,000 CFSwith unlimited visibility.
The fish wanted smaller presentations today as I was to soon find out.
We launched at Blue Creek at 7 and off we were to the lower holes we side drifted all day with eggs and once it warmed up a few degrees we were in to what would be a fish of a lifetime for a young man fishing with his father and uncles. No pressure here! He did great and after several jumps and screaming runs almost 30 minutes had gone by and we slid a 18lb hatchery buck into the net and the cheers and screams commenced.
We got into 5 fish today landing 3 but we had a great time.



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Name: RiverOtterGS Date: February 27, 2015 Rating:
 
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Woke up to the sound of rain pounding on my roof, oh boy going to be a wet day on the river. Managed to roll out and after a shot of coffee I was on my way to meet my guys on the Cowlitz at Blue creek.

We hooked up the first run through clay banks side drifting eggs and landed a nice bright 6 pound hatchery steelhead.

The next fish came two hole below this to eggs and a orange fish pill in the middle of the river of all places. This fish came high out of the water and was in the low teens. It took us down into the shallow water and then freaked
running every which way before jumping again spitting the hooks. Crap!

We tried side drifting all the way to Mission and pulled plugs too. Nothing more until we went above the Blue Creek ramp and side drifted eggs and whamo in the heavy fast water we hooked up with another good fish. It weighed around 8 lbs with a touch of color.

We were all soaked and shriveled up, so it was time to hit the ramp and head out. Not bad but there were not many caught today. Lots of boats and people fishing today even though it was raining hard off and on most the
day.
Still waiting for the B run to get in strong.

Water 45.2 degrees at 5,000 cfs with 4 feet of visibility
weather raining , crowded, side drifting eggs was key today.

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Name: RiverOtterGS Date: February 26, 2015 Rating:
 
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Today I fished with one client for just a half day trip. We had a good day getting 3 steelhead. One steelhead was a wild fish so we released it unharmed. The other two steelhead one buck and one hen. The hen was a very nice fish
weighing in a 12lbs caught on a Mag lip 3.5 Dr. Death. The other two caught side drifting eggs with a pink fish pill.

We only had a half day so not too Shabby! Nice work Kim!!

The river was running at just over 5,000 CFS
Water temp was 45.2 degrees and visibility was at 4 feet.
Weather was cloudy and off and on rain and around 46 degrees

Launched at Blue Creek picked up first fish side drifting eggs at Clay Banks
Next fish down by the cabin side drifting again, and the biggest fish pulling plugs just above Mission.

Good Luck!

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Name: Mike Carey Date: February 22, 2015 Rating:
 
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I got to fish the beginnings of the Cowlitz “B” run with author Jason Brooks, and Gringo Pescador today. We were guests of Bruce Warren, FishingForFunGuideService.com. I could say it was a “guides day off” but truth be told we kept Bruce busy.

The day started foggy and colder than I expected. The first hour my hands (glove-less) were a tad on the cold side. As the day progressed the fog did burn off and we were quite comfortable. It was, in short, a glorious winter day on the Cowlitz, ending up sunny and 55 degrees.

Bruce had fished on Saturday and commented there were twice as many boats on the water, and that it had been a slow day for all. Rather than do the quarter mile hatchery hole hamster wheel he elected to take us downriver and tour the Cowlitz. We’re very grateful he did, as the three of us saw lots of water never seen before, and got to fish a lot of undisturbed water from below Blue Creek all the way to below Toledo! I have to say, I was surprised (in a good way) as I had never fished below Mission Bar. The river isn’t at all what I imagined. It will definitely change how I think about the Cowlitz and locations I may fish in the future.

We side-drifted eggs or shrimp, with double size 4 hooks and a small cheater tied between. As the day progressed it was clear the fish preferred the eggs to the shrimp.

I’d like to tell you the fishing was red hot and we caught 8 fish, but alas, the run is just beginning and we struggled for our chances. Bruce caught a nice hatchery cookie cutter in the 6 pound range. Gringo hooked into a pig of a fish that had us chasing up and down the river until the monster found a convenient root snag to wrap around and free itself (that one hurt, we would have loved to see it). Gringo also ended the day having another fish spit the hook back at him. Tough luck for him, but at least he got to feel some steel fight today. Jason and I never felt a fish. I didn’t mind, it’s not always about catching, right? We had a nice day on the river and did see some boat action.

On the water and back at the ramp the word was “slow all over”. Most guide boats had one, maybe a couple had two, and there were more than a few boats that got skunked, including guides. So our one for three wasn’t looking so bad after all.

Bruce says the fishing is just starting up for these B run beauties, so if you’re interested hit him up on his website, FishingForFunGuideService.com
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