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cowlitz river - 3:49 p.m. 7/19/2014
Where is Mission Bar ?

robert thater - vancouver ,wa
robert.thater@yahoo.com

cowlitz Summer Steelhead - 4:09 p.m. 7/18/2014
I have a email guide friend of my said
Cowlitz is hot right now mission Bar all the
way up to blue Creek ..... good luck to all go
get them !!!!

harold dunning - Longview, wa

kalama - 9:57 a.m. 7/18/2014
Just checking to see if the kalama is
getting any better.

keith - woodland
kpardue57@gmail.com

Ocean bonanza - 5:22 a.m. 7/18/2014
ILWACO — Deckhand Donald Pitts stood at the stern of the Coho King charter boat with his hands dangling at his sides looking a bit like a gunslinger.

From his vantage point, Pitts could see the fishing rods on both sides of the 42-foot boat.

A rod on the starboard side lunged toward the water. Pitts grabbed the long-handled landing net and charged forward.

“Keep it coming,’’ he said, coaching the angler.

The net swooped into the gray waters of the Pacific Ocean and out came a coho salmon. The whole episode from bite to landing lasted 60 seconds, maybe.

“You got to be right on them on those front rods,’’ Pitts said, explaining a noteworthy nuance of fishing with barbless hooks.

The coho — a fin-clipped, hatchery-origin keeper — flops on the deck as Pitts clips on another pre-tied anchovy and hoochie and immediately gets the bait back into the ocean.

He puts a mark on the snout of the salmon, flips it in the fish box and waits — repeating the sequence again and again during the next three hours.

It is the essence of salmon charter angling — patience interrupted with frenetic periods of catching fish, often multiple fish.

By 8:25 a.m., the Coho King has 15 coho and one chinook and captain-owner Butch Smith heads east toward the Port of Ilwaco boat basin.

“Salmon in the ocean are a chewing fish, not a striking fish yet,’’ Smith said. “It’s just like a hamburger and they’ll take a bite out of it.’’

This is Smith’s 40th year as either a deckhand or skipper on the ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River. He was here when the port was jammed with boats in the 1970s, compared to the much smaller number of charters and private boats now.

Coho fishing has been good this season, with most days a limit caught and the boat back to the dock by 10 a.m. or so. Smith said he expects to see if get better in August.


Allen Thomas / The Columbian
Deckhand Donald Pitts nets a coho for an angler aboard the Coho King salmon charter boat last week.

“The difference between good and better is being done by 10 or 11 a.m. when it’s good and 8 a.m. when it’s better,’’ he said.

Government biologists are forecasting a run of more than 964,000 coho in the ocean this summer destined for the Columbia River.

Smith said his experience this season leads him to believe the coho run will all of that — or slightly larger.

By comparison, the coho return to the Columbia River has averaged 293,000 during the past three years.

The much-awaited Buoy 10 season opens Aug. 1. Buoy 10 is the name given to the lower 16 miles of the Columbia between Buoy No. 10 at the river mouth upstream to Tongue Point, east of Astoria.

Sportsmen with boats as small as 16 feet can fish at Buoy 10 most days, launching from ramps at Ilwaco, Chinook, Cape Disappointment, Astoria, Hammond, Warrenton, John Day and Deep River.

Smith said his business doesn’t dwindle due to Buoy 10 opening.

“When Buoy 10 is slow, there’s not really another place to go,’’ Smith said. “Some people want that ocean experience and we can go 20 miles either direction from the mouth of the river to look for fish.’’

He has trips booked into September.

“September is a mystery month. Some years it’s great and some years about Sept. 15 it dies a quick death.

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Report WDFW: - 5:12 a.m. 7/18/2014
Reports of sport angler checks from the past week and related information provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Ocean: Last week out of Ilwaco, 2,384 anglers caught 312 chinook and 3,294 coho.

Columbia River sturgeon: Anglers are catch and releasing some legals in the Kalama area. Retention will be allowed again July 18-19 in Bonneville Pool. Otherwise, closed for sturgeon retention downstream of The Dalles dam for the rest of 2014.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam salmonids: Last week WDFW sampled 1,542 salmonid anglers (including 226 boats) with 36 adult and 9 jack summer Chinook, 20 sockeye, and 421 steelhead. 36 percent of the adult Chinook, 95 percent of the sockeye, and 43 percent of the steelhead were kept.

Cowlitz River: 78 boat anglers with 53 summer run steelhead kept and 1 released. 35 bank anglers with 12 adult spring Chinook and 1 summer run steelhead kept and 1 adult spring Chinook released. All the salmon were sampled at the barrier dam; most of the steelhead at the trout hatchery.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 906 spring Chinook adults, 108 jacks, 186 mini-jacks, 858 summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 383 spring Chinook adults and 64 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 434 spring Chinook adults and 24 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 180 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park. Also, 201 summer-run steelhead and the two sockeye salmon

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA
Noel@lewisriver.com
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Giudes ? - 10:13 a.m. 7/17/2014
The reason you are not seeing many guides on the NFL is that the Cowlitz is the hot spot. Giudes are take groups out and limiting by 9 AM.
The last guy I talked to said the guide didn't even put his rod out and they were still done by 9:30.

bobber dogger - Battle Ground, WA

Slow steelhead fishing. - 6:04 a.m. 7/16/2014
I'd have to agree with the other reports. The lewis summer steelhead fishing has been pretty slow this year. I'm not seeing may fish in the tailouts and not seeing very many caught compared to other recent years. On a good note, there aren't very many fishing guides on the river this year. So that might tell you something.

JP - Woodland

steel - 9:33 p.m. 7/15/2014
Fishing has been extremely slow for me on the NF
so in return I've been fishing the cowlitz, since
they recycled fish.

tyler - vancouver,Wa

Golf Course - 7:56 p.m. 7/15/2014
Anyone had any luck around the golf course lately? I am headed out tomorrow morning to fish that stretch out in the boat.

Pete - WA
StinkyPeteJK@hotmail.com

Summer steelhead - 12:33 p.m. 7/15/2014
Is summer steelhead fishing any good on the
lower lewis river ?

Brian - Wa
briandavis42@gmail.com

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