McGavran is a full time, year round Washington
fishing guide in SW Washington and Oregon
fishing guide in NW Oregon. Most of our fishing
trips are just minutes from Portland, Oregon.
Steelhead Fishing Steelhead: Summer Steelhead fishing on the Cowlitz generally
kicks off in May, with the bright fish showing up well into
August. The summer-runs can be fun and accompanied by warm
weather and lots of cooperative hatchery fish. As with other
Westside rivers the winter Steelhead season starts around
Thanksgiving as the weather turns bad. The peak of winter
fishing really depends on rainfall. In drier years the winter
fish run can stretch out over a longer period, while a winter
that sees a lot of rain early will bring in fish prematurely.
Overall, the Cowlitz is one of the most dependable Steelhead
rivers in Washington for winter fish.