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Fly Fishing The Elochoman River
The Elochoman River is a small tributary of the
Columbia River. It's headwaters begin at Elochoman
Lake. The main stem is joined by the East Fork and
the North Fork Elochoman tributaries. Further
downstream, its East Fork joins the main stem of the
river. Below there, the river flows into a broad, flat
bottom called the Upper Elochoman Valley. Leaving
the valley it flows through a short and narrow gorge
into the lower Elochoman Valley.

The mouth of the river is located at Elochoman Slough,
a 3-mile long side-channel of the Columbia River
located near Cathlamet. In spite of its small size, the
Elochoman ranks among the top winter steelhead
destinations in Washington. Most of the steelhead
caught by anglers are hatchery fish. December and
January are the two best months for winter steelhead.
The Beaver Creek Hatchery is located six miles
upstream from the mouth of the river.

There is also a summer run of steelhead that takes
place from June to September. The river gets very low
in the late summer and the fish are very difficult to fool.

There's both a Chinook and Coho Salmon run.  
October and November are the best months for
salmon fishing.

The state also stock Sea Run Cutthroat smolts
providing good Fall fishing opportunities for them. The
Cutthroat must all, wild and stocked, be released.

Most anglers drift the river but you can fish the bank in
a few different places. There are areas of private
property. Most people fish downstream of the Beaver
Creek steelhead hatchery but there is also fishing
opportunities between the Beaver Creek hatchery and
the Salmon hatchery upstream of it.

One big advantage of the fly fishing the Elochoman
River is that the water clears up very fast after heavy
rains. It can get a little crowded at times, but that's just
a product of the fishing being good. It is those that are
not fished you need to avoid.

Varies by species
There is a summer run of steelhead from June to
Sea-run Cutthroat Trout last through the fall months.
September and October are the prime Salmon fishing
months. October and November are the top salmon
fishing months.
Steelhead are in the river from December through
March with the best fishing taking place in December
and January.
Type of Stream

Steelhead (winter and summer run)
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Sea-run Cutthroat

Small to Medium

Southwest Washington

Nearest Towns

Varies by species - Make sure you
see the current regulations


Non-Resident License
State of Washington

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