Fishing in Kelso Washington

Enjoy a River Excursion

Kelso may be known as the Smelt Capital of the World, but that's far from the only option available to avid fishers visiting Kelso and Longview. Home to one of Washington state’s most abundant stocks of fish, the intersection of the Cowlitz and Columbia rivers at Kelso and Longview is home to exceptional year-round fishing.

With Chinook and Coho Salmon in spring‚ Steelhead Trout in summer and winter and Sturgeon year-round, region's abundant aquatic life is safeguarded by the strict regulations of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Department.

You'll be able to fish for Yellow Perch‚ Crappie, and Smallmouth Bass at the aforementioned rivers, as well as on the Kalama, Lewis, Toutle and Coweeman rivers, each with their own unique features and benefits. For fishing regulations and additional information‚ visit the WDFW.