Streams and Rivers

Fishing Home  |  Lakes  |  Forest Map

Upper Cispus River

Predominately brook trout below Chambers Creek, Cispus River below Muddy Fork is more difficult to fish because water is cloudy from glacial silt coming off of Mt Adams. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing Rules for more information on salmon and steelhead fishing below North Fork Cispus River.

Upper Cispus River

More Information: Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, POB 670, Randle WA, 98377 (360.497.1100)
Driving Directions: From Randle WA: Go south on SR131, left on 23 Rd (which parallels Lower Cispus River), left on 21 Rd, which parallels the Upper Cispus River
Fish Species: Rainbow and brook trout (some cutthroat), whitefish
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall (gamefish)
Campgrounds: Cat Creek Campground, Adams Creek Campground

Cowlitz River

Most of the river valley is private land so the best access is at road crossings.

Cowlitz River

More Information: Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, POB 670, Randle WA, 98377 (360.497.1100)
Driving Directions: Cowlitz River parallels Hwy 12 East of Randle WA
Fish Species: Rainbow, cutthroat, small mouth bass, whitefish, brown trout, coho salmon
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Open year-round above Lake Scanewa 

White Salmon River

Best fishing is below BZ Corners, difficult access because river is in a steep canyon, most of the river corridor is private land.

White Salmon River

More Information: Contact Mt Adams Ranger Station, 2455 Hwy 141, Trout Lake, WA, 98650 (509.395.3400)
Driving Directions: The White Salmon River parallels Hwy 141 (from the Columbia River to Trout Lake WA)
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Eastern Brook Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: No USFS campgrounds nearby 

Little White Salmon River

Most of the lower ½ of the river flows through private lands.

Little White Salmon River

More Information: Contact Mt Adams Ranger Station, 2455 Hwy 141, Trout Lake, WA, 98650 (509.395.3400)
Driving Directions: From Willard WA: The 41 Rd parallels most of the river.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout and Eastern Brook Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Moss Creek Campground, Oklahoma Campground 

Wind River

The area open to fishing and the length of the season depends on the yearly run of spring Chinook. Steelhead fishing also occurs, but has been depressed in recent years. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing Rules for more information.

Wind River

More Information: Contact Mt Adams Ranger Station, 2455 Hwy 141, Trout Lake, WA, 98650 (509.395.3400)
Driving Directions: Wind River Hwy (USFS 30 Rd) parallels most of the Wind River
Fish Species: Spring Chinook, Steelhead
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Spring, Summer
Campgrounds: Panther Creek Campground, Beaver Campground, Paradise Creek Campground

Lewis River

Catch and release from Eagle Cliff Bridge to lower falls including all tributaries; selective gear rules = only unscented artificial flies or lures with one barbless single hook are allowed; bait is prohibited. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing Rules for more information.

Lewis River

More Information: Contact Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Surrounding Area, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601 (360.247.3900) 
Driving Directions: 90 Rd parallels the Lewis River
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Whitefish, and Bull Trout (note – Bull Trout are listed as “Threatened” under the Endangered Species Act and are illegal to keep)
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Lewis River Campground, Lewis River Horse Camp, Twin Falls Campground

Muddy River

Catch and release only; selective gear rules = only unscented artificial flies or lures with one barbless single hook are allowed; bait is prohibited. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing Rules for more information.

Muddy River

More Information: Contact Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Surrounding Area, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601 (360.247.3900)
Driving Directions: From Pine Creek Visitor Center (at east end of Swift Reservoir) – no north on FS Road 25 to bridge crossing the Muddy River. The 225 Trail access the upper parts of the Muddy River
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Whitefish
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Lewis River Campground

East Canyon Creek

Easily accessible from a number of locations along the 23 Rd.

East Canyon Creek

More Information: Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, POB 670, Randle WA, 98377 (360.497.1100) 
Driving Directions: From Randle WA: Go south on 23 Rd, which will eventually parallel East Canyon Creek
Fish Species: Brook Trout and whitefish
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Ollallie Lake Campground, Council Lake Campground

Skate Creek

Skate Creek will not be stocked after 2000. The creek gets a lot of fishing pressure because it is easily accessible from the 52 Rd. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing Rules for more information.

Skate Creek

More Information: Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, POB 670, Randle WA, 98377 (360.497.1100)
Driving Directions: From Packwood WA: go north on the 52 Rd, which parallels Skate Creek
Fish Species: Rainbow (some cutthroat) and whitefish
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Nearest developed campground is La Wis Wis Campground, several dispersed campsites exist off the road.

Iron Creek

Can be difficult to fish because of limited access from the road.

Iron Creek

More Information: Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, POB 670, Randle WA, 98377 (360.497.1100)
Driving Directions: From Randle: go south on SR 131 to 25 Rd, which eventually parallels Iron Creek
Fish Species: Rainbow and cutthroat trout, whitefish
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Iron Creek Campground

Butter Creek

Selective gear rules = only unscented artificial flies or lures with one barbless single hook are allowed; bait is prohibited; fish may be released until the daily limit is retained. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing Rules for more information.

Butter Creek

More Information: Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, POB 670, Randle WA, 98377 (360.497.1100)
Driving Directions: From Packwood: go north on 52 Rd, right on 5280 Rd, right on 5270 Rd (which parallels Butter Creek)
Fish Species: Rainbow and cutthroat trout, whitefish
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Closest developed USFS campground is La Wis Wis Campground (about 6 miles north of Packwood off Hwy 12).

Clear Creek

Clear Creek 

More Information: Contact Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Surrounding Area, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601 (360.247.3900)
Driving Directions: From Pine Creek Information Center: Go north on 25 Rd, turn right on 9300 Rd. Fish up or downstream from the bridge.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brook Trout, Whitefish
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall

Siouxon Creek

The Siouxon Creek trail gets a lot of use from hikers and mountain bikers.

Siouxon Creek

More Information: Contact Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Surrounding Area, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601 (360.247.3900) 
Driving Directions: From the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Surrounding Area Headquarters – follow the 54 Rd east, turn left on 57 Rd and left again on 5701 Rd. There is a trailhead for the 130 trail at the end of the road.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: No developed campsites are nearby

Canyon Creek

Canyon Creek is aptly named! Fishing access to the creek is difficult because of the steep canyon walls.

Canyon Creek

More Information: Contact Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Surrounding Area, 42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601 (360.247.3900)
Driving Directions: From the Mt. St Helens National Volcanic Monument and Surrounding Area Headquarters– follow the 54 Rd east. The 54 Rd and 37 Rd parallel Canyon Creek.
Fish Species: Rainbow Trout
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: No developed campsites are nearby

Johnson Creek

Difficult access because of steep canyon and bedrock walls, accessibility is limited to upper half of the stream. Selective gear rules = only unscented artificial flies or lures with one barbless single hook are allowed; bait is prohibited; fish may be released until the daily limit is retained. See Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing Rules for more information.

Johnson Creek

More Information: Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station, POB 670, Randle WA, 98377 (360.497.1100)
Driving Directions: From Packwood: go south on Hwy 12, left on 21 Rd, which parallels Johnson Creek
Fish Species: Rainbow, cutthroat, and whitefish
Fishing Methods: Fly, Spin, Bait
Angling Season: Summer, Fall
Campgrounds: Dispersed camping