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trip description for Olympic Peninsula Sturgeon Fishing in Montesano

Chase after Sturgeon with your pro-guide Scotty for the short season on the Columbia River. This is not your average fishing trip; you'll be chasing one of the biggest freshwater fish in North America. These "dinosaurs" are huge fighters and are a truly unique species that should be on every angler's hit list. The season is short though! Book you trip now to secure your date! Scotty is an expert when it comes to the Columbia River and surrounding tributaries, so he'll guide you to the best spots. You'll use a variety of lures and bait, depending on the target species, the weather, and the water conditions, but regardless, when that fish is on, get ready for a fight! Sturgeon—which can be six feet long and more than 200 pounds—will tear the line off a reel during a run, and will never clear the water trying to toss the hook. Please be sure to bring your Washington State fishing license, rain gear, water proof boots, proper clothing (Scotty recommends layering) Read More

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trip description for Salmon Hook-Up in Montesano

Join Captain Scotty on this thrilling fishing adventure in Montesano, Washington! You'll get out there on his state-of-the-art 23' Woolridge jet boat and experience the rush of reeling in big King and Coho Salmon. With years of experience and a deep knowledge of the local waters, Captain Scotty is the perfect guide for an unforgettable day on the water. As you cast your line and wait for a bite, take in the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest. The jet boat's speed and agility will give you access to some of the best fishing spots in the area, allowing you to target your desired catch with ease. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-timer, Captain Scotty will provide all the gear and instruction you need to make your fishing trip a success. So come along for an exciting day of fishing, laughs, and memories that will last a lifetime. Book your trip with Captain Scotty today and see why Montesano, Washington is a top destination for fishing enthusiasts from all over the world! Read More

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trip description for Steelhead Hook-Up in Montesano

Join Captain Scotty on this thrilling fishing adventure out of Montesano, Washington! You'll get out there on his state-of-the-art 23' Woolridge jet boat and experience the thrill of reeling in Steelhead and Salmon. With years of experience and a deep knowledge of the local waters, Captain Scotty is the perfect guide for an unforgettable day on the water. As you cast your line and wait for a bite, you'll also be able to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest. The jet boat's speed and agility will give you access to some of the best fishing spots in the area, allowing you to target your desired catch with ease. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-timer, Captain Scotty will provide all the gear and instruction you need to make your fishing trip a success. So come along for an exciting day of fishing, laughs, and memories that will last a lifetime. Book your trip with Captain Scotty today and see why Montesano, Washington is a top destination for fishing enthusiasts from all over the world! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Cowlitz River

What are the best fishing trips in Cowlitz River?

The best fishing trips in Cowlitz River are:

Why should I book a fishing trip in Cowlitz River with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 3 trips in Cowlitz River, and the most popular trips in the area are Steelhead Hook-Up guided by Scotty, Salmon Hook-Up guided by Scotty, and Olympic Peninsula Sturgeon Fishing guided by Scotty.

Our guides in Cowlitz River are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2937 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Cowlitz River? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Cowlitz River.

What types of fishing trips are common in Cowlitz River?

River fishing is the most popular in Cowlitz River.

The most commonly sought after species in Cowlitz River are: 1. sturgeon, 2. chinook salmon, 3. steelhead, and 4. coho salmon.

The most common fishing techniques in Cowlitz River are drift fishing, light tackle fishing, and trolling.

How much does a Cowlitz River fishing trip cost?

in Cowlitz River prices can range anywhere from about $288 to $525, but the average price for a full day trip in Cowlitz River is $404.

What month is best for fishing in Cowlitz River?

The most popular season for fishing in Cowlitz River is winter, and most anglers book their trips 10 days in advance.

Do I need a Cowlitz River fishing license and what are the bag limits in Cowlitz River?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Cowlitz River, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Cowlitz River. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Cowlitz River.

What is fishing in Cowlitz River about?

Fishing in the Cowlitz River offers anglers a rich and rewarding experience in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Flowing through Washington state, the Cowlitz River is renowned for its robust salmon and steelhead runs, drawing fishermen from far and wide seeking to test their skills against these iconic species. Whether casting from the riverbanks or drifting along in a boat, anglers on the Cowlitz River are treated to breathtaking scenery and thrilling fishing opportunities throughout the year.

One of the most anticipated events on the Cowlitz River is the annual salmon and steelhead runs, which occur primarily during the fall and winter months. Chinook, coho, and chum salmon, along with winter and summer steelhead, return to the river in impressive numbers, providing anglers with ample opportunities to hook into these powerful and prized fish. Whether fishing with traditional gear or swinging flies with a spey rod, anglers on the Cowlitz River can expect heart-pounding battles and unforgettable memories as they pursue these iconic species.

In addition to salmon and steelhead, the Cowlitz River also supports healthy populations of trout, including rainbow and cutthroat trout. These resident fish provide year-round fishing opportunities for anglers looking to enjoy the tranquility of the river and hone their fly fishing skills. With its accessible riverbanks and scenic beauty, the Cowlitz River offers a welcoming environment for anglers of all ages and abilities, promising a memorable fishing experience amidst the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest.

What are the most popular months to fish in Cowlitz River?

Fishing seasons on the Cowlitz River unfold with the changing rhythms of nature, offering anglers a dynamic and ever-evolving experience throughout the year. Spring marks the beginning of the fishing season on the Cowlitz River, as winter rains swell the river's flow and trigger the annual steelhead run. Anglers flock to the riverbanks in search of these prized fish, which provide thrilling battles and a chance to test their skills against some of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic species. As the days grow longer and temperatures rise, the river comes alive with activity, making spring an exciting time for anglers eager to reconnect with the outdoors and reel in some impressive catches.

Summer on the Cowlitz River offers anglers a more relaxed pace, as the river settles into a gentle flow and anglers take to the water in search of trout and other resident species. With its cool, clear waters and abundant insect life, the Cowlitz River provides ideal conditions for fly fishermen looking to hone their craft and enjoy some peaceful days on the water. Whether casting dry flies to rising trout or drifting nymphs through riffles and pools, anglers on the Cowlitz River can expect plenty of action and a chance to unwind amidst the serene beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

As autumn sweeps across the landscape, signaling the transition to cooler weather, fishing on the Cowlitz River enters its prime season. Fall marks the return of the salmon runs, as Chinook, coho, and chum salmon make their way upstream to spawn. Anglers line the riverbanks, casting their lines in anticipation of hooking into these powerful and prized fish. With the backdrop of colorful foliage and crisp autumn air, fall on the Cowlitz River is a magical time for anglers, offering unparalleled fishing opportunities and a chance to witness nature's spectacle in all its glory.

What types of fishing are popular in Cowlitz River?

Fishing in the Cowlitz River presents a diverse range of opportunities for anglers, with different types of fishing methods catering to various preferences and skill levels. One of the most popular methods employed by anglers on the Cowlitz is drift fishing. This technique involves allowing bait or lures to drift naturally with the current, enticing salmon, steelhead, and trout to strike. Anglers often employ specialized rigs and weights to control the depth of their presentation, ensuring that their offerings are presented at the optimal level for targeting fish holding in the river's pools and runs.

Another favored method of fishing on the Cowlitz River is fly fishing. With its cool, clear waters and abundant insect life, the Cowlitz provides an ideal environment for fly anglers to test their skills and pursue trout, steelhead, and salmon. Anglers can employ a variety of techniques, including nymphing, dry fly fishing, and swinging streamers, to entice fish to strike. Fly fishing on the Cowlitz River is as much about the artistry of casting as it is about catching fish, offering anglers a chance to immerse themselves in the beauty of their surroundings while honing their technique.

For anglers seeking a more relaxed and leisurely fishing experience, bait fishing is a popular option on the Cowlitz River. Using natural baits such as salmon eggs, shrimp, or nightcrawlers, anglers can target a variety of species, including salmon, steelhead, and trout. Bait fishing is accessible to anglers of all ages and skill levels, making it an excellent choice for families and beginners looking to enjoy a day on the river. Whether casting from the shore or drifting bait through the river's pools, anglers on the Cowlitz River can enjoy the simplicity and effectiveness of this traditional fishing method.

What species are popular in Cowlitz River?

The Cowlitz River boasts a rich diversity of fish species, offering anglers a wide range of opportunities to pursue their favorite catches throughout the year. One of the most sought-after species in the Cowlitz is the steelhead trout, known for its acrobatic leaps and strong fighting abilities. These anadromous fish return to the river in impressive numbers, providing anglers with thrilling battles and memorable experiences. With both summer and winter runs, steelhead fishing on the Cowlitz River offers year-round excitement and challenge.

In addition to steelhead, the Cowlitz River is also renowned for its abundant salmon runs. Chinook, coho, and chum salmon all make their way upriver to spawn, offering anglers the chance to hook into these prized fish. Whether casting from the riverbanks or drifting along in a boat, anglers on the Cowlitz River can enjoy the thrill of battling these powerful salmon as they make their annual journey upstream. With their firm flesh and rich flavor, Cowlitz River salmon are highly prized by anglers and seafood enthusiasts alike.

Beyond steelhead and salmon, the Cowlitz River also supports healthy populations of resident trout species, including rainbow and cutthroat trout. These native trout provide year-round fishing opportunities for anglers looking to enjoy the tranquility of the river and test their skills with a fly rod or spinning gear. With its scenic beauty and diverse fishery, the Cowlitz River offers something for every angler, whether they're seeking trophy steelhead, hard-fighting salmon, or the serene solitude of trout fishing amidst the Pacific Northwest's natural splendor.

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