Kalama River fishing guides catch Salmon and Steelhead on the Kalama River.
If you have fished the Kalama River without success it may good a good
idea to contact a local Kalama River fishing guide or charter boat
service and learn the how to and tips and tricks for catching fish on the Kalama
River. Once you learn from an expert fishing guide you can catch fish there on
Nearly 600,000 Chinook and almost 430,000 Coho
are expected to return to the
mouth of the Columbia River this year, and many of those fish are headed
to lower river tributaries. Rivers such as the Cowlitz, Kalama and Lewis
have all been producing strong catches of Chinook, as well as summer-run
The Kalama River Fishing Guide Information
Kalama River One of the most pleasant and productive rivers in the state is the Kalama, in
lower Cowlitz County. It joins the Columbia River about two miles above the city of
Kalama. It has superb access, with five boat ramps and nearly a dozen public access
fishing spots strewn along about 17 miles of cool, deep, green fish-filled water that
delivers catches all year around.
Kalama River Salmon Fishing
Steelhead and salmon are the most-sought Kalama River species and there is
scarcely a month when an angler cannot try for and expect to see fresh, bright fish.
Steelhead catches number from hundreds of fish to over 1,000 each month, with July the
peak of good summer angling and December/January supplying the cream of winter fishing.
(See regulations for summer wild steelhead release and fly- fishing only area.) Rodsmen can greet anadromous species by boating from a ramp half a mile above
the mouth of the Kalama, west of 1-5, reached by taking the Kalama Road (Exit 32) west, or
pursue the same road up the river by exiting to the east. There are two large camping areas on the lower Kalama, Camp Kalama Campground
and Mahaffey's Campground, which serve as excellent bases for a week or weekend of
fishing the Kalama.
Steve's Guided Adventures
has over 20 years of fishing experience in Washington and Oregon and
on the Columbia River and can take you to the premier fishing spots
and provide a great outdoor experience. Steve specializes in fishing
the Kalama River and is considered to be an expert on this popular
fishery. Book now for the best fishing dates and plan on some great
action on the Kalama River with Steve Leonard.
Tributaries Cowlitz, Lewis, and Kalama
Kalama River Fishing
Spring, Summer and
Fall fishing on the mighty Colombia river tributaries.
The Cowlitz, Lewis and Kalama rivers have some of the best fishing
in Washington state. Spring kings on the Lewis river in April and
May is the best fishing you could ask for. These Hot
kings tip the scales between 10-30lbs. Best table fare there is!
The Cowlitz river provides the hottest summer steelhead action in
the state. Big summer steelhead weight between 7-20+
lbs. and tail walk like tarpon! Fall salmon fishing on the Cowlitz
and Lewis rivers for kings and silvers is some of the best in the
country. Kings weight in from 12-50 lbs. Silvers come in the rivers
by the thousands. Ranging from 6-20 lbs. A great fish to catch and
put on the BBQ, smoke or have the neighbors over for dinner!
We specialize in corporate
accounts and large groups! All rods, reels, tackle, and bait are
included, but feel free to bring along your favorite rod and tackle,
if you would like. Expect a full day of fishing (about 7-8 hrs).
WDFW FISHING RULE CHANGE
Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife 600 Capitol Way North,
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
February 7, 2013
Spring chinook must be released on the
Kalama River anglers must release all spring chinook salmon.
Feb.15, 2013 until further notice.
From boundary markers at the mouth upstream to the upper salmon
hatchery (Kalama Falls Hatchery).
Reason for action:
The spring chinook returns to the Kalama River are predicted to be
below average in 2013. The expected returns are needed to provide
for the hatchery escapement goals and do not provide sufficient
numbers of fish for harvest. Hatchery returns will be monitored
weekly to assess the strength of the returns.
Kalama spring chinook hatchery returns will be closely monitored
The Kalama River remains open to
fishing for hatchery steelhead.
(360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.
Learn more about Salmon by checking out all these websites:
For the best fishing guides in Oregon, Washington
and Idaho check these websites:
Kalama River Fishing Tips: Best techniques so far have been plugs in sizes T-4 , k-13 or k-15's
in silver/char bill, grinch, bubba, green hornet, green weenie an the
best has been Blue Scale or blue scale/char bill. Diver's and eggs or
egg/shrimp combo have also had some success and will get better as more
fish arrive. Back bouncing eggs or the combo will be the go to method as
Have been back bouncing eggs and shrimp or sardines in
the top of the holes and doing real well on fish to 25 pounds. Divers
and shrimp or eggs have also been very effective. Float fishing in the
deeper slow holes has also been great.
Thanks for Larry Hyatt for sending
us these tip for fishing on the Kalama River.
Northwest Links For Tides / Fish Counts at Dams & Similar
Tide Tables All Areas
Fish Counts For All Columbia River Dams
Fish Counts For Willamette River
Daily Water Flow In KCFS For Columbia River Dams
PRO GREEN FISHING RODS
Pro Green rods were created for the more aggressive angler who is
fishing for inshore saltwater species. These rods are surprisingly light
for their power, yet sensitive enough to detect even the lightest bite.
ROARING RIVER SWITCH
These new rods provide trout and steelhead anglers with fly fishing
flexibility; allowing you to utilize a single-hand cast, roll cast, or
even a full-on spey cast!
Powered boats may be used below Modrow Bridge, about 31/4 miles upriver, and
drift- boats have three launch sites spread farther upriver, plus at Modrow Bridge. Boats are not needed to share in the Kalama's topnotch angling. Bank access is
diminishing, as private homes sprout along the river's banks, but there still are long stretches of riverbank open to
fishermen. Chinook and coho salmon charge into the Kalama in two waves; spring and fall.
Regulations should be carefully read, as salmon fishing is open all year except
there is a fly- fishing only period of time in fall, a size limitation on Chinook
salmon in early winter, the Kalama from Summers Creek down to the salmon hatchery is open
only from the Saturday before Memorial Day to Nov. 30 for all- tackle angling, and
the stretch from Summers Creek upstream to Road 6420 is open the same time period,
but only to fly-fishing. Your daily salmon bag limit is six fish over 10 inches, not more
than two of which may be adults (see regs). There are some rainbow trout and sea-run cutthroat caught from the Kalama, but
most fishermen are looking for steelhead, and the Kalama seldom disappoints them.
There is steady, good angling. July generally tops the summer catches and December is a
good choice for winter steelheading. From Modrow Bridge down, powered boats can plug or troll, but the majority of
trolling occurs below I-5. Mint-bright steelhead and many nirror-sided salmon are taken
on Flatfish, Hot Shot and Tadpolly plugs, some thin trolling spoons and an
assortment of spinners. Cluster egg baits, bobber drifting ties, and shrimp/yarn combos all
deceive large numbers of Kalama steelies. This river also is excellent for summer
fly-fishing or for rodsmen who go to tiny No. 12 and 14 Corky/yarn rigs on No. 4 gold Eagle Claw hooks and share the bite on artificials.
Excellent catches also can be made on spoons and spinners, with nickel blades a
fine choice. No. 2 and No. 3 spinners such as Mepps, Metric, Rooster Tail, Shyster or
comparable makes will hang the Kalama's aggressive biters. Nickel and brass 3/8
ounce spoons, especially those with fire orange spots on their backs, are good
selections for the quiet pools and runs.
Kalama River reopens for hatchery Spring Chinook
Beginning June 25, anglers may again keep hatchery
spring Chinook on the Kalama River.
Species affected: Chinook salmon.
Effective dates by location: Effective June 25
through July 31 on the Kalama River from boundary markers at the
mouth to the upper salmon hatchery.
Reason for action: With a late surge, the hatchery
brood stock goal is expected to be met.
Other information: The salmon daily limit will be 6
fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Release wild Chinook and
wild coho. Minimum size is 12 inches.
Information contact: Steve Vigg (360) 906-6710. For
latest information press *1010.
Northwest Fishing Report Links
Oregon Fishing Reports Weekly Oregon Fishing
reports posted by the ODFW for all regions
Washington Fishing Reports
Weekly Washington Fishing reports posted by the WDFW
for all regions
Idaho Fishing Reports
Weekly Idaho Fishing reports posted by the IDFW for
Columbia River & Tributary Fishing Reports by David
Perez of Hooked On Fishing Guide Service
John Day River Fishing Reportsby
Steve Fleming of Mah-Hah Outfitters
Western Washington Lake Fishing ReportsBy Butch DeLagoon
Fishing Guides On The Kalama River /
Kalama River Fishing Guides
River Reports 07/05/2008
Sturgeon fishing is scheduled to reopen in the Columbia River
estuary next week.
Retention of legal-size sturgeon will be allowed July 10-12,
July 17-19 and July 26-27 from the mouth of the Columbia to the
Wauna power lines.
The fishery closed June 25, leaving about 4,200 sturgeon
remaining from the 2008 harvest guideline of 13,140 fish.
Brad James, Department of Fish and Wildlife fish biologist, said
sturgeon fishing was very good during the last week of the
season, but it started off slow, which left room for some extra
A joint Washington-Oregon hearing is scheduled for July 22 to
discuss ongoing sturgeon sport fishing in the lower Columbia.
Anglers are reminded that use of more than one single point
barbless hook is prohibited.
Summer chinook fishing between Bonneville Dam and the U.S.
Highway 395 bridge in Pasco closed Monday, but anglers still can
retain sockeye from Rocky Point up to the U.S. 395 bridge
Hatchery steelhead fishing remains open through Dec. 31.
Steelhead fishing has been excellent in the Cowlitz River at
Blue Creek and the barrier dam despite high flows. Steelhead
fishing has been good in the Lewis and Kalama rivers. A few
bright and dark salmon also are being caught in the Kalama.
Salmon fishing has been slow on the Olympic Peninsula because of
erratic water levels.
Pikeminnow fishing continues to be very good throughout the
Columbia River. Excellent catches of pikeminnows happened last
week at Boyer Park, Columbia Point and Cathlamet.
Shad fishing has been fair below Bonneville Dam. Bass fishing
has been slow.