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Chinook Salmon are the largest fish caught from the Lewis River. Every year chinook over 30 pounds are caught. The spring run starts in March and reaches it's peak in May. Some chinook are still available in June. The runs are starting to build up again after reaching a low period. Fall chinook begin entering the river in September and usually finish before the end of October.

Large runs of Coho Salmon enter the river in September, October and into November. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists found a wild coho salmon carcass that may have exceeded 30 pounds. Joe Hymer of the Department of Fish and Wildlife said the coho was so large it looked like a chinook. The coho had a 38-inch total length. Washington's freshwater record coho, taken from the Quinault River in 2001, weighed 25.27 pounds and was 32.28 inches total length.
Photo courtesy of Jim Thuney
Steelhead are in the river every month of the year. July is probably the best summer month and January is probably the best winter month. Reservoirs above the three Dams hold Kokanee and Rainbow Trout. Some years there is a strong Smelt run. Just a few smelt entered the North Fork in 2004 and they went right back out.

Smelt swimming up North Fork Lewis
Smelt swimming up North Fork Lewis
Fishing regulations fluctuate based on how many fish are forecast and how many actually arrive. Some fishing is always available.

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Coho Salmon Introduced into Swift Reservoir

Click to enlargeOn September 14, 2005 personnel from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife introduced Coho salmon into Swift Reservoir on the North Fork Lewis River.. The fish were trucked up from the lower river below Merwin Dam. This is an historic event. It is hoped the salmon will spawn in the upper river. Salmon have not been in the upper river since 1931 when Merwin Dam was built. For more pictures, click here.

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Merwin Kids Fishing Derby
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Merwin Special Kids Day
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Click here to go to Woodland Marine
Open March 1, 2005.

To post and read fishing reports go to Fishing Reports.
For fishing pictures go to monthy fishing pictures.
For more information go to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Call 1.800.547.1501 for updated reservoir levels and estimated river flow below Merwin.

For N. F . Lewis River flow go to River Flows At Ariel.

For East Fork Lewis River flow go to East Fork Lewis River Near Heisson, Wa.

Stream flow and reservoir levels at:
Lewis River at Woodland       Speelyai Creek      Muddy Creek
Lewis River at Ariel      Lewis River Reservoir Levels

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fish pass over the dams.
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River Access Below Merwin Dam
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boat launch opportunities, provided by PacifiCorp,
downstream from Merwin Dam.

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and Swift reservoirs, click below: Recreation

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