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~ Southwest Washington ~


Guide Nathan Bryant with a nice Chinook. Nathan Guides in Oregon Washington Idaho and Alaska


Email Pro-Guide Nathan Bryant for SW Washington trip details.

    Southwest Washington offers some remarkable fishing experiences on the Cowlitz and the Lewis Rivers. The Cowlitz and Lewis Rivers are both considered Washington’s top producers for Steelhead. Both rivers receive astonishing runs of Spring and Fall Chinook, Coho and Summer and Winter Steelhead.

     The Cowlitz River flows roughly 105 miles, originating near Mount Rainer and empties into the Columbia near Longview Washington. Most Steelhead fishing occurs between the I-5 Bridge and Barrier Dam. Great Coho fishing can be found at the confluence of the Cowlitz and Toutle. Kings show in the Cowlitz from late August through Mid-October. Winter Steelhead are in the system from the end of November to mid January and Spring Chinook and Summer Steelhead run mid-April through September.


  Dave Manners with a nice Steelhead


     The Lewis River is very similar to the Cowlitz in length and run timing. The Lewis drains the east side of Mount Adams and flows south of Mount St. Helens. This river is a good alternative option for the Cowlitz.

We welcome you to experience the beauty of the Wynoochee River and the ultimate Wynoochee River Fishing Experience! The Wynoochee River is located near the small town of Montesano in Western Washington.  The river is born out of the beautiful Olympic Mountains in the Olympic National Forest. We fish the Wynoochee River for both Summer and Winter-Run Steelhead.  The best time to fish the Wynoochee River is from June through March, with the best chance at trophy Wynoochee River Steelhead during January through March. The Wynoochee River is also close to the Ocean Beaches and the best fishing for Wynoochee River Steelhead falls during normal clam-digging season!

   Here's a list of Species, Dates and Locations that Nathan Bryant guides...






Winter Steelhead

Nov 20-Mar 31

All Rivers, including Cowlitz, Wynoochee, Satsop, Chehalis, Lewis and Columbia Rivers


Jan 1-Mar 31

Columbia and Chehalis River, Willapa Bay

Spring King Salmon

Feb 15-May 15

Cowlitz, Lewis, Willamette, Columbia, Chehalis, Wind Rivers and Drano Lake

World Class
Keeper Sturgeon

May 15-July 1

Columbia River Astoria Bridge Area

Summer Steelhead

June 15-Aug 15

Cowlitz, Lewis and Columbia Rivers

Fall King Salmon
& Coho Salmon

Aug 15-Sept 15

Columbia River Astoria Bridge Area

Fall King Salmon

Sept 15-Oct 20

Bonneville Dam to Tri-Cities

Fall King (Trophy)
& Coho Salmon

Sept 15-Nov 30

Tillamook and Nehalem Bays, OR

Coho Salmon

Nov 1-Dec 15

Cowlitz, Lewis, Chehalis and Satsop Rivers


    For a list of area lodging options click here. While you’re on a Guided fishing trip with West Coast Anglers you, or your family and friends, can enjoy some of the other spectacular attractions our fishing locations have to offer. Check out the links and phone numbers below for attractions and events in SW Washington.
    Lewis County, is cradled by three of the most recognized Cascade, volcanoes; Mount St. Helens, having erupted in 1980, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. Lewis County overflows with natural beauty and historic attractions. Lewis County was named in honor of Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1845 Washington’s named Lewis County as the first county in the State. Originally the county boundaries covered an area from the Columbia River to Sitka, Alaska.
    Winter recreation is very popular, with hundreds of miles of trails for cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or sledding in the
Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  The White Pass Ski Resort area with its ski lifts, lodging, and great family skiing and snowboard programs amidst an abundant snowfall, beautiful setting, and variety of terrain for all abilities.
    For you golfers we have the
Newaukum Valley Golf Course with its 27 hole public golf facility for all levels of golfers, with their new driving range and practice area.

   The newest addition in our area is The Great Wolf Lodge and Water Park the water park is for guests only. Ten minutes west of the water park is the Lucky Eagle Casino with card tables, slots, bingo, a buffet, and a Steak House Restaurant.



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