Kalama River - Spring Chinook and Steelhead

The Kalama River is located in Cowlitz County in Southwest Washington State and is one of the best Spring Chinook and Summer Run Steelhead Rivers of the Columbia River tributaries.  

The Kalama is also known for it's beauty!  Most of the river is only accessed by non motorized drift boats, so it can make for a great day kayaking, fishing or sightseeing!

Kalama, pronounced kuh-LAM-uh, means pretty maiden or flaming torch, and is an uncommon girls name.

The Kalama River is located in Kalama, Washington and is a short distance from the Portland
International Airport (PDX)

We target the Kalama River in Washington State throughout the months of April, May and June for Spring Salmon.

Spring Chinook, or Springers, average 12 to 15 pounds, with some in the upper 20's.  Spring Chinook are one of the most sought after table fare of the salmon species.  

We generally target summer run steelhead throughout the months of May, June and July. These summer run steelhead range from 5 to 10 pounds with many in the upper teens.

With low pressure in the summer months, on the Kalama River, these fish are very aggressive biters and fun to catch.