We'll get to the weird tales a week from Friday -- some of these stories are spooky -- but we'll tackle the questions today.
Mark Roth wants to take his 14-foot boat up the Cowlitz, Chehalis or other fairly local river for spring chinook salmon, but his outboard is equipped with a propeller.
Mark, I'm sorry, but I can't think of a local river that gets a good run of springers that you could navigate with a propeller outboard. I know the Cowlitz is great for a drift boat with two long oars! Does anyone else have an idea?
The Columbia River and the Willamette River in Oregon would be good choices, but Mark already knows that.
Joe Brassfield wonders whether sea-run cutthroat trout are mostly catch-and-release these days.
Well, if you catch one in saltwater, you have to let it go, and that's why the sea-run fishing is so good.
Joe, you can keep hatchery sea-runs on the Cowlitz River. The Cowlitz gets a huge run of hatchery sea-run cutts in the early fall, and it's well worth fishing.
Fishing for sea-run cutts on the Cowlitz gets you away from the crowds -- and there's a good chance of hooking a summer steelhead.