Sunday, December 25, 2011

Fishing the Puyallup 2011

Well.....it's was an awesome year for fishing. Thanks to all contributors, and commenters. Any participation is greatly appreciated.

Started out with a ton of pinks, and losing a couple kings; the b-run of silvers never fully developed, even though I landed a couple, but the chums are always great for wrapping up the year.

Good luck to everyone who's going to brave the winter for some steelhead up on the Carbon, and I'm looking forward to a productive year in 2012.

I'm reading a couple great books for next year, mainly about reading water, and what to use when conventional drift fishing is not suitable for a given stretch of river. I know the titles have a lot to do with steelhead, but I know a lot of the same principles apply. I'm probably going to be making my own spinners after reading Jed Davis' book. If I do, I'll post some videos about how to make them.

I'll be back in July, a couple weeks before the river opens back up! Until then, good luck fishing.


Catching this fish with a spinner got me thinking about not being SO centered in on corkies and yarn, and it's been paying off! Still using 'em qutie a bit, but I want to see any portion of the river, that I know holds fish, and be able to fish it properly, wether that means bobber & jig, spinners, eggs, or corkies.




Saturday, December 24, 2011

Lower Puyallup still producing

A lot of fish still in the lower, although the run is slowly coming to an end. This huge buck was landed this morning along with two smaller hens. Seems the hens are a little brighter over the last two weeks. Dark colored Spinner Corkies was the ticket this morning. Check out the teeth!

Having trouble with the reports page link, but this will get you there.

Puyallup river chum

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Puyallup river fishing regulations

Having questions myself, and from others about the regulations on the Puyallup, so thought I'd break it down. I think this is the correct interpretation of the rules.....but I'm open.

Good luck fishing today!

http://puyallupriverfishingreport.blogspot.com/p/puyallup-river-fishing-regulations_18.html

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chum all over!

Lots of chum in the lower Puyallup still. Lost a couple (one was HUGE); landed two, and saw so many jumpers! Good time overall.

Thanks to 253Flying Hawaiian, for the good time, and the netting :-)

The run should be strong thru the end of December. E-mail photos, and I'll post 'em on the reports page.




Chum salmon


Puyallup chum

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fishing in the dark

Met up with Flying Hawaiian down at the soccer fields, right after he'd landed this huge chum. Didn't land anything myself, although we both chased schools of chum up & down the river with no luck.
All in all a good time fishin', and I'll give it a go here again soon. I think the water being so clear and low just made the fish spooked, and put 'em off the bite for the most part.

It sounded like this morning was pretty hot up at clarks creek.

Thanks Flying Hawaiian....good time.


December Puyallup Fishing

Looking to get out there today & repeat last weekends success. It sounds like most everything is still being caught in the lower river, although I know they're up in the carbon already.

Good luck to everyone this weekend......DRESS ACCORDINGLY! It's so cold!

Although...it doesn't matter how cold it is if you have a fish on the end of your line.......Hmmm...seems like it just warmed up :)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Chumtastic!

Awesome fishing this morning down at the soccer fields....

Our crew landed a couple, and lost a ton!.....Good fightin' fish for sure!

Lost a 15lb.+ chum after quite a fight....a couple jumps and everything!

Good luck to everyone....This is a video of a couple of the fights!




Puyallup chum

joel chum

Puyallup river chum

puyallup chum salmon

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Puyallup River Fishing Regulations

Looking to be on the river this weekend for some excellent fishing. The lower river sounds like it's loaded with chum.
Anywhere from mama stortini's down river is shaping up nice.

As of December the rules on the Puyallup are changed...check this out..
http://puyallupriverfishingreport.blogspot.com/p/fishing-regs-for-puyallup-river.html


Good luck

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Where to fish on the Puyallup river

Posted Saturday Morning
Not able to make it down to the river this weekend, but I know where and when I'd go, if I was able!

Not looking to make a surge of people all going to one place at the same time, but if you email me, I think I can give you a pretty good shot of getting into some nice chum either this afternoon, or Sunday morn..... 

Looking forward to getting back into some nice fish, but if I can't fish...i'm hoping to at least hear some good success stories!
Ignorantfisherman@me.com

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Posted Sunday Night
Hey! looks like there's a couple lucky ones! Nice fish from 253 & Flying Hawaiian. Glad I was able to help....it bothered me knowing there would be fish there, and not being able to hook into 'em, but this is the next best thing for sure! Hope to see you on the river soon!

Fish ON!!!!!!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Puyallup River netting chum salmon

This video was sent to me by F.H.  -- thank you
This is down across from Clark's Creek....a yearly setup area where all the boats come & unload their catch.



Check out the river level predictions! From what I've experienced, the river won't be even close to fishable until late friday morning.....quite a storm!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lost a silver! Lost a chum!

Good fishing today, but nothing to bring home. First tried up at 116th....saw one silver lost, and not too many signs of anything else.

Headed down to the lower river, where my brother lost a nice silver, and I lost a 10-12 lb chum!
AAHHH! Anyway, good to have fish on the end of my line,  and didn't get rained (or snowed) on!
I was up about 100-150 ft from clarks creek. Both of us were using corkies & yarn.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Beautiful fish

This was caught by Flying Hawaiian last night in the lower river....beautiful fish!
Looking to hook into a few myself this weekend.

Good luck fishing.



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Done with silvers...onto the chum

Went up to 116th st. this morning, and saw a couple silvers rolling, but couldn't get any biters!
I think it's this sudden temperature drop this morning.....anyway, there are still silvers in the upper river, and I think they'll be in good numbers up till next weekend, but I'm going to move down lower for the chum.
The chum have been in the river for about a week and a half now, and I'm expecting the next couple weeks to be pretty hot......lots of catch & release, and maybe a couple smokers. Chum aren't in the deep pools like silvers....they're more in the 2-4 ft. of water, and they'll hit spinners, corkies, spoons, eggs....you get the idea.  The most common color used is green, but pink works great too.

Good luck fishing!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Puyallup River Chum Salmon

Have had enough questions about chum salmon, so thought I'd make a post.

Chum salmon are a blast to catch. Their size alone makes it a good fight. The average chum that comes out of the Puyallup will be in the 8-12lb range, but I've heard reports of a 29lb er from someone who's lived on the river for years. It seems they're in the shallower water compared to the silvers which are looking for deep pools. I've seen chum hooked about a foot from the bank in 3.5 foot water.

I use 15lb mainline, and 10lb leader....yes....I'll probaly lose a couple fish to snapped line, but to me it's much funner than just horsin' 'em in.

If you fish in the lower river right now, you'll have a good chance of getting either chum, or silver.....although it seems most of the silvers are mid to upper river by now. Give it another week or so, and the lower river will be packed with chum......

Send me pics of your catch, and I'll post 'em on the reports page.

Good luck to all.


12 lb chum on the puyallup 2010

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Puyallup river silver salmon

So...about a month ago, a reader e-mailed me pics of a couple silvers he'd caught in about 30 minutes....he'd used eggs, while everyone else was using corkies & yarn, and spinners.
I though I'd give it a try.... No :( I had't been saving eggs during the pink run....in fact, I'd given quite a few away, because I had no intention of drifting eggs.

So off to sportco I go. What! NO EGGS! I couldn't find eggs anywhere ( i tried - BELIEVE ME!), so I finally ended up ordering online from  www.sunrisebait.com. Really had no hope of it working, but thought I'd give it a go this morning.....

I used 5 foot leader because the water was soooo clear; casted up river, and a the end of my drift felt a good little tug....set the hook.....yeah! fish on!




You might get a chuckle out of this other video....my brother had "the big one on" about an hour before I hooked up....you can tell I was pretty excited :-)


Friday, November 4, 2011

Puyallup River netting for chum salmon

The Puyallup opens on Sunday, at noon, for netting of chum salmon. Here's a link provided by one of the readers of last year netting of the chum. http://blip.tv/nwifc-video-stream/pt-chum-test-fishery-10-10-movg-4363075   Thanks Emmett.

I'll still be trying up river this weekend, because I'm still wanting more silvers, and it'll give the lower river a chance to fill up with chum.

Good luck fishing this weekend.

Monday, October 31, 2011

How to fish dick nite spoons

Well. went down to the puyallup on saturday evening, & saw lots of fish jumping down by the white river...couldn't get any to bite which can get a little frustrating. They seem to like it right along the pylons there....they were surfacing along the opposite shore quite a bit.
I figuring that's their "travel" lane up river, and there just shooting straight thru. Couldn't get a blue fox to operate correctly except a little lower down river, and couldn't get my corkies to float straight along the pylons. Made me start thinking about plunking right in that travel lane.

I'm gonna try out a couple different things this weekend a little farther up river. Excited to try eggs in the upper river which i've never tried, and I'm gonna try some dick nite lures, which i just ordered a couple days ago.

This video is pretty amazing...it's a fishing guide talking about dick nite lures, and how COHO LOVE 'EM...very informative.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mixed Reports...but they're in for sure

The Coho have definitely been in the lower river for at least a week and a half now.
I stopped on my way home from work & saw a nice jumper ....so chrome! Couldn't get it to bite anything I threw at it, but I'll get 'em here a little farther up river next week :)

I've heard very mixed reports on the lower river...."all day fishing - not one sign of a fish"  -- "saw lots of jumpers & rollers"  - a wide range for sure!

Talking & reading, I'm hearing that the b-run of silvers don't hang out in the lower river as long as the a-run at all, and that sometimes people catch b-run silvers in the carbon with sea lice still on them, which means they move up river pretty quick!

I don't know if i'll be able to get on the river this weekend, but next weekend I'll be trying the upper portions of the river hoping to get into some nice silvers....hopefully the weather cooperates.

Here's a book I came across I thought someone may be interested in. I'm gonna get it myself. I guess this guy took all the state's catch cards & made a calendar about when & where the best fishing is in the state of Washington according to actual fish caught ....good idea - i'm hoping there's good info in it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Puyallup river water level

It looks like the river's almost back into shape. Look at the hydro from the last couple days..- what a difference!
Not quite sure how long it takes for the water's color to get back into the "green", but Im hoping it might be getting there by today. On friday night, the visibility was about 5-6 feet which is extremely clear for the Puyallup.
I'm going to try to stop off on my way home from work & give it a go.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Fish ON!!!!

Phew....It looks like they're on their way in. Hooked this nice hen this afternoon in the lower Puyallup a bit up river from Freddy's, on a #4 blue fox (pink).

Hit it so hard, I thought my lure hit bottom.
I'm going to stay home tomorrow, cause it looks like the river is shooting strait up with this rain, but I'll give it a go on Sunday.

Puyallup coho Oct 21st 2011





puyallup Silver salmon on the grill


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Reports of silvers?!?

Hearing a couple reports of silvers making their way into the Puyallup, but it seems pretty hit & miss right now. I'm hoping they'll be showing up by this weekend.

I'm going to try a couple new things this week, because of the area I'm fishing. There's a hug back eddy, that I'm having a hard time drifting corkies thru, so I talked with Bill Herzog, and he recommended a couple lures for such an area. I'll let you know if I have any success with 'em.

I'm also going to try drifting eggs, which will be my first time.

Thanks for all the reports.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

When will the silvers be in the Puyallup?

Well...here goes my longest post....

I talked with a man who's lived on the Puyallup for 30 years, and fishes every year; he told me this weekend should be the beginning of the b-run of silvers. I was expecting quite a bit earlier, but then I started doing some research to explain why this year would be so much later than in 2009 when I hooked a silver on the 3rd of October while I was not even expecting it (never saw any other silvers), and then saw, & had fish on the next two weekends....all down behind fred meyer.

Here goes my best explanation.

The high tides which bring in new fish in 2009 were about ten days earlier than this year.
So this weekend would be the very first signs of the b-run, and the next two weekends will be fairly good in the lower river, is what it think this means. I really have no way of knowing unless I put in my time, and log every trip.

I have to keep remembering my goal....the five year plan.....I will get this figured, even if it means, I know of certain weekends that are better off staying home.

Any thoughts on all this??? Am I just grasping at straws to explain a couple bad weeks of fishing??? Hope someone had more success than me.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friday night?

Might be hitting the river right after work tomorrow on my way home, as well as Saturday. I'll let you know how it goes.
I just bought this book online....anyone have any other good recommendations? I'm thinking of having a page that lists the best books on drift fishing.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Netting the SIlvers in The Puyallup

Went down on Sunday to see what the netting was like. I didn't see a sign of a silvers all day while fishing Saturday, so I was wondering if I'd see tons of silvers being pulled in or not.
I followed the netting from Clarks Creek down about 1.5 - 2 miles of the river.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rain moving fish up river?


I'm hoping these next couple days are bringing the river up to a normal level, and moving up the b-run of silvers.
Looking forward to hitting the river once the spike in volume levels out. I know from reading "the book" and personal exprerience, that fishing while the river is rising sharply is NOT GOOD (don't waste your time going tue afternoon - wed morn); but once it levels out and begins to drop, it's time to hit the water.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tired of Pinks!

Well...if you didn't waste your time going down to the lower Puyallup today, your were the wiser.

I pulled in a pink that looked "awesome" -- compared to the zombies floating down river :-)

I didn't even see a sign of silvers at the soccer fields, fred meyer, or 5th st.
I was fairly certain the b-run would be in the lower river for sure by now, but it's not so. I think this could be because the river level is so low, but I'm not sure. I'm going to try to make it down to see what's being netted tomorrow.

Anyone have any thoughts? I'm thinking next year, at this time, the last two weekends will be spent way upriver, while I'm waiting for the lower river to fill up. One thing that's nice it that the chum run is a great way to close out the year, but I've only landed on silver so far, & I'm determined to land quite a few more.

Friday, October 7, 2011

New leader holder

Thought I'd share this new leader holder my brother bought me. I'm going to use it on Saturday.

I pre-tie all my leaders, and make them shorter throughout the day. I use to use pipe insulation to wrap my pre-tied leader onto, but this should make it much more tangle free.

Good luck fishing.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Combat Fishing the Puyallup River

Well, combat season is over.....nice.

It's time to shorten up your leader, pay more attention to the effects the weather has on the river, and focus in on finding the fewer, bigger, nicer silvers running over the next month.

I've been re-reading the book Salmon & Steelhead Drift Fishing Secrets, and am always surprised to find new things I've been missing, or doing wrong.

This weekend, I'll be going to the lower river, hoping to land a couple silvers.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mark this one up for learning

Went down this morning at sunrise. No luck! I saw two pinks landed, but not good enough to keep. The silvers must still be in the super lower river acclimating to fresh water, because I didn't even see a sign of 'em for the three hours I was there.

This is the kind of trip I take note of for next year. There's no point in repeating the same mistake every year. Next year I'll probably try either way down, or way upriver on this weekend.

Any success for anyone else?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lower Puyallup is being filled up

This breakdown of the tides, shows why you can be sure the next run of silvers are on their way in. Salmon utilize the biggest tides (over 12 ft) to make their initial journey up river. This is taken off the page - http://fishingthepuyallup.blogspot.com/p/commencement-bay.html

Sun 253:20 AM PDT / 10.09 ft9:47 AM PDT / 1.10 ft4:19 PM PDT / 11.83 ft10:30 PM PDT / 2.71 ft
7:00 AM PDT7:01 PM PDT
Mon 264:21 AM PDT / 10.80 ft10:34 AM PDT / 1.53 ft4:48 PM PDT / 12.11 ft11:10 PM PDT / 1.22 ftHere comes the b-run of silvers!7:01 AM PDT6:59 PM PDT
Tue 275:19 AM PDT / 11.45 ft11:20 AM PDT / 2.19 ft5:20 PM PDT / 12.31 ft11:51 PM PDT / -0.13 ftNew Moon7:03 AM PDT6:57 PM PDT
Wed 286:15 AM PDT / 11.92 ft12:05 PM PDT / 3.03 ft5:53 PM PDT / 12.41 ft7:04 AM PDT6:55 PM PDT
Thu 2912:34 AM PDT / -1.18 ft7:11 AM PDT / 12.12 ft12:51 PM PDT / 3.97 ft6:29 PM PDT / 12.33 ft7:05 AM PDT6:53 PM PDT
Fri 301:19 AM PDT / -1.77 ft8:10 AM PDT / 12.06 ft1:40 PM PDT / 4.93 ft7:08 PM PDT / 12.04 ft7:07 AM PDT6:51 PM PDT

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Upper river is hot!

Lots of fish up where the carbon & puyallup meet.
I lost a nice king after a bout a 5-10 minute battle; after it made it into the rapids! AAHHH!
Landed quite a few fish, and a ton of 'em on. Overall, a fun time fishin'.

Saw two nice silvers landed -7lb

sept 24th at carbon puy. seam

Friday, September 23, 2011

Puyallup RIver Netting Schedule

The tribal netting continues Sunday at noon thru Wednesday noon. THis is the schedule until the 12th of October.

Remember, play fair, and give the tribe their space if you're fishing in the lower portions. I know it's hard seeing someone pull out TONS of fish when you're struggling for hours, but they do help make sure the runs will be strong for years to come.

Not to many pinks left...Silvers anyone?

The lower Puyallup is a little slow right now, due to the netting, and it being the end of the pink run. Not to say there aren't pinks in there, but they're not really even worth smokin'.

The a-run of silvers is still in full swing, but from reports, it sounds like most fish are being caught in the upper portions of the Puyallup, and the Carbon river (which flows into the puyallup).

I'll be heading out Saturday morning at sunrise to try my luck.

Fish on!!!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Barometer

One thing to take note of coming into the fall & winter months is the barometer, and how it affects wether the bite is on or off. I heard other peoples reports of the puyallup today, and they weren't good, which is not suprising. I'm sure the netting didn't help, but the barometer was all over the place, and quite a bit lower than it has been the last couple weeks. Not that it can't be counter acted with different leader lengths, and sizes of corkies, but it makes it a little more difficult.

I use my "what to use" page as a quick reference.

I've had it happen where I was at a location friday night, and was hooking into fish all over the place; went to the same location less than twelve hours later....saw tons of sign of fish...and couldn't get a hit. The only thing different was a drop in temperature & the barometer.

Any comments? I'd love to hear what people think

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A lot of silvers....and big

Saw quite a few silvers being pulled out tonight down at 5th st.....They're quite a bit bigger than the first batch that came thru.

The netting will be happening form noon sunday thru noon tuesday the next two weekends, but the closures are over.

The netting schedule hotline is  #253-845-7747

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Puyallup River Fishing Regulations Breakdown


The regulations pamphlet makes it about as hard to understand as possible, but here's the deal.

http://puyallupriverfishingreport.blogspot.com/p/fishing-regs-for-puyallup-river.html

I hope this clears up some of the confusion.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pink Sunrise

Down at the river this morning for about three hours.....lots of pinks are in there.
Hooked and landed five pinks, only kept three. Kept throwing back hoping for the silver, but it never happened.
My brother landed three, and my other brother landed the biggest pink among us.

He fouled hooked about an eight pound silver....about one inch behind the gills....ouch!....throw back!

I tried out MY NEW REEL which I "reely" liked. Having a higher gear ration helps immensely with retrieving your gear, and fish quickly.


Sept. 10th Pinks 2011\

Friday, September 9, 2011

River's filling back up

The pinks and silver's are filling back up in the river after the netting the beginning of this week....it'll be like this the next couple weeks--- mon, tue, wed, thur, slow....fri, sat, sun.....fish on!!!

My brothers pulled out a couple nice pinks in about an hour & a half tonight.


Sept. 9th pinks 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mornings, or Evenings are best

On super hot days (heat wave 2011 ;-) like the ones we're having, midday seems to be pretty slow for fishing.
If you have to fish in the middle of the day, look for an area of the river that's shaded, and if you can wait, it seems like sunset....and I mean "GETTING TO DARK TO SEE" sunset is an awesome time to fish.
I'll be hitting the river a couple time this weekend hoping to hit into some silvers.

Fish ON!!!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

How to fish the Puyallup video

Morning silver's and pinks

Went down to 5th st. this morning, and killed 'em. Limited out in an hour & a half --four pinks, and one jack silver.
My brother caught a silver and two pinks, and my other brother caught three huge pinks.....overall, about a two hour trip, and lots of fish on. These huge tides the last couple days are bringing in a lot of fish.

Tonight, I'll be posting a video on my YOUTUBE CHANNEL of where I was casting, and where I was getting fish on.


sept3rd2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fishing in the dark?

On hot days like the last few we've had, and the couple in front of us, sometimes dusk is the the best time to fish. The extreme sun seems to put fish off the bite. as the shadows start hitting the river, the bites get on....... Look at these fish landed tonight as the sun was going down. The second picture is of the river...not much light left, but fish were being hooked.


pinks
the river

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fish producing tides right now!

A lot of big tides the last couple days are bringing in a lot of new fish. I'll be hitting the river in the mornings, and evenings this weekend, looking to hook into some silvers. Check out my tides page to see what I mean by big tides, and why you can be sure a lot of fish are coming in right now.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Puyallup River YouTube Channel

I'm planning on taking videos of different locations on the Puyallup where I fish, with how to read the water in those locations. Also, more how to video's with setting up, and of course, more videos of fish being landed! Fish ON!!!!!

The Pinks are thick,and Silvers are in

The reason for the closure on Sunday and Monday was for netting silvers. They're starting to show up in good numbers.
As far as pinks go, they are pretty thick right now, and will be for the next three weeks at least.
It seems, the smaller profiles, regardless of color are working best, as far as pinks, and silvers go.
Having two inches of yarn on a high pressure system spooks the fish, so a small corkie, maybe black yarn, and a little scent is very productive right now.
The best reports are still in the lower portions of the river, but the upper portions should be picking up here this week.

Good luck, and I'll post your reports and pics!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lower Puyallup Closed

The lower Puyallup River is closed Sunday the 28th, and Monday the 29th.
Do yourself a favor, and follow the rules.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Puyallup River King, and Silver Salmon

This morning was good fishing down on the Puyallup. Lots of pinks....I was catching & releasing. My friend hooked a nice silver....the only one I saw caught while I was down there, but they're on their way in.

My brother hooked his second king of the year.....last one got off right at the bank. He landed this one but we had to let it go!!!
It's still in there for someone else...... good luck.


jonathan's silver

Friday, August 26, 2011

Silver, or Pink?

A very common mistake, is thinking a larger size pink is a silver. This video, shows a sure fire way to know wether it's a pink or a silver.
Went down this afternoon for a quick trip, and landed this one out of three I had on.
If you're not having success fishing on the Puyallup right now, look for someone with fish, or someone who keeps hooking up, and ask questions. Most people are very willing to help. I've gotten lots of tips already this year that have really helped.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mixed reports

Reports have been mixed as of late. The rain on Monday night caused the river to rise by about a half foot. This can really put salmon off the bite while the river is rising.
Also, the tides affect the fishing in the lower portions quite a bit. I hear some people say "fish the incoming tides" and others say "fish the outgoing tides." Whatever you do, if you're trying to time your trips with the tides, fish the big tides, with around an 8 ft difference.
Although, while the pinks are running, there are fish all over the place.

Any thoughts? I hope this helps

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fun sunday afternoon fishing

Went down to the river, about eight miles up from the mouth, and had some fun. Lot's of pinks running, with the occasional king hooked, but I didn't see any landed.
These pink were landed by me & my brother's in a couple hour period.....lots more hooked, and lost while pulling onto the bank...oh well....
The largest was six pounds.

pinks august 21st 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Kings are in

Saw this king caught about two guys down from me this morning. Had one on myself, but lost it....pulled in a couple nice pinks

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fishing is good -- but it'll get better

This report off another website sums things up very nicely.....so nicely, i thought I'd re-post it.


8/17/2011 - Secrets_tips - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
Alright, here's as honest and genuine report as I can give for those of you waiting for the right time to hit the Puyallup. Succinctly, it's not on yet. Pinks are there, but not in droves like most of us are waiting for. My group of 5 people had 2 fish landed, and two fish lost in about 3 hours of fishing--so it's just starting. If you are just looking for a nice day of R&R, then by all means, your chances aren't teriible of getting a fish. All these reports of limits in a half hour are either from lucky guys who found their lines in a school, or pure exaggerations. I will tell you for the majority of fishermen out there, limits of fish are by far the exception, not the rule. My fishing journals from past years seem to point to Aug 22nd as the typical date for hot fishing to start...be patient. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pinks are running!

Hearing mixed reports of fishing today, but the pinks are in the river. If you're having trouble, find someone who's catching, and ask questions. Most people are willing to help.

Caught this 5.5 lb pink down there this evening a little up river from Fred Meyer.

5.5 lb pink salmon 2011
the setup
First pinks of 2011

Opening day

The Puyallup river is opened as of today, from the 11th st. bridge up.
Reports have still been a little mixed, but the fish are defiantly in there if you know what you're doing.
This weekend should be the beginning of limits for everyone.

Good luck

Monday, August 15, 2011

What smoker do you recommend?

Smoke 'em if ya caught 'em                            

Looking to buy a good smoker for all these pinks coming into the river. Any recommendations for a specific smoker? I'd like to be able to fit a good amount of fish in at a time.

Also, are there any killer recipes anyone can recommend?

pink salmon puyallup river

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Drift fishing the Puyallup for pinks

I made this video because I was being asked specific questions about how to setup a rig for the Puyallup. For the experienced fisherman, this might be a waste of time, but you might be surprised at some little tip that might help.



This video show's me tying up a complete rig from start to finish.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Good time fishing pinks

Went down to 5th st. bridge this afternoon & had some success. Not a whole bunch being caught, but a couple good bites, and my brother pulled in this nice pink.
I know he hooked the fish, but I think he got hooked on fishing.
The fish are on their way!!!

Made a new page for reports to be posted. Puyallup river realtime fishing report -- still in the beginning stages, but it's getting there.

pink salmon