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The 2016 Women in Waders calendars are now in. If you are interested in purchasing one please call the Barrier Dam Store at (360) 985-2495 or the FOC office at (360) 985-2505.

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The 2016 Boat Raffle was a big success again this year. Even though the weather was a bit chilly we had a great turnout out with tons and tons of food. Thank you to everyone who brought their favorite dish and came out in the cold.
A huge Congrats to Josh Cook of Seattle the 2016 Boat Raffle Winner.


We are getting ready to go to the Sportsmen Show at the Sun Dome in Yakima. The Shuyler’s always put on a good show. Hope to see some of you there, February 17th, 18th and 19th. I picked up the Raffle Drift Boat on Friday so that’s ready to go. Tickets are available now. Our spring chinook in the net pens are doing great. They are nice and healthy. We also received our coho eggs for the egg boxes this week, which will be distributed in the tributaries to the Cowlitz.

You will also see we have put a very disturbing article in this newsletter, that our great WDFW lost over 1/2 a million smolt again. But as you can see WDFW said they lost them and didn't know where they went. How in the hell can that be possible??? What did they do just get up and walk out of the hatchery and go on vacation?? Bull-shit.. Its all about politics, greed and money. Once again the sportsmen takes it in the rear. The mighty Cowlitz River that use to be the number one river in the United States for steelhead and salmon is now coming in dead last on every specie that is mixed in the steelhead and salmon hatchery.

Believe me I am tired of getting fed all this garbage on their lies and excuses on how they lose all those fish and don’t know where they are going-and all the fish that are dying in the hatcheries and not telling us the real truth. No wonder our run’s are so poor every year. It’s because of all these excuses that are not true. Believe me friends, we are going to get to the bottom of this and find out what’s going on with the mighty Cowlitz. Not only that, why is it that the last 4 years that a huge percentage of our hatchery fish have all there fins on them. So if you add all these problems up and you fish the Cowlitz all day long you would be dam lucky to keep one legal fish.

At one of our meetings with WDFW and Tacoma, I told them they should be real proud of themselves that we have the only 2 hatcheries in the world that can raise dead fish. Nobody can raise dead fish like we do. As we look into this matter we will keep you posted. We are also demanding they put back in the Cowlitz our early winter run steelhead. WDFW made the remark our early winter-run Chamber Creek stock was interfering with the wild salmon spawning beds. When the early steelhead come in the river that time of year Dec, Jan and Feb there is nothing spawning at that time. What do they think we are..Stupid?? They do have many other winter run stocks they could have used.

Stay Tuned.. We will keep you posted.

Don Glaser

President Friends Of The Cowlitz

We have moved our Friends Of The Cowlitz Office.
New Location: 273 Fuller Rd. Salkum Wa. 98582
Phone: 360-985-2505
We apologize for any inconvenience.


About Friends of the Cowlitz

Friends of the Cowlitz was formed in 1988 by a group of concerned individuals who had watched the runs of salmon and steelhead become smaller and smaller each year after the hydroelectric dams were constructed by the City of Tacoma.

At the time Friends of the Cowlitz was formed, it was decided that the main goal of the organization would be to work to restore the runs of anadromous fish (salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout) to the Cowlitz River and it’s tributaries. To accomplish this they would work to make Tacoma live up to it’s obligations that had been agreed to the in 1967 mitigation agreement between Tacoma and the Washington Departments of Fisheries and Game. 

The goal of the restoration effort would be to see that an opportunity to harvest these returning fish by sport fishermen was available each and every year (for all species). As part of our over all goal, FOC also decided to work to restore anadromous fish to the watershed above the dams. This effort is ongoing at this time, with coho, spring chinook, steelhead and cutthroat trout all being released into the watershed above the dams. This has been possible because of FOC being able to work successfully with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Lewis County PUD and BPA. 

We have worked hard to have a juvenile collection facility installed at Cowlitz Falls Dam where the juvenile salmon and steelhead are captured and then transported downstream by tank truck to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery. At the Salmon Hatchery they are placed in stress relief ponds for a couple of days and then released into the Cowlitz River to continue their journey to the ocean.

 Among our other goals that have evolved over the years has been our fish rearing projects. Our fish rearing started with a net pen in an old gravel pit below Interstate Highway 5 that was known locally as Wallace’s Pit. This endeavor was so successful with summer-run steelhead that some of the guides actually left the area around the Trout Hatchery to concentrate their efforts in the area out in front of our rearing facility. This portion of the river was and is known as the Vader Pump House drift.

2016 Boat Raffle Winner

Josh Cook
From Seattle
Ticket #1234

Congratulations Josh!

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