Kayak fishing on the Cowlitz River in Washington state during the fall and winter for coho salmon are some of the most productive adventures on the water each year.
This past weekend after a big rain storm hit the west coast the dam opened up to the river to a flow about 6800 cfs. Day one was a slow day and we caught some tired old fish and put up with a fair bit of rain. However the second day was a lot more action packed. My friend Todd and I were able to land limits each of coho including on fish that was 33″+ and 14lbs on the scale. The average fish was about 8lbs. Additionally we caught kings, sockeye, cutthroat trout and suckerfish on the Cowlitz.
For gear I primarily used three setups. The pink worm jig, the salmon spoon and a bobber with shrimp setup.