Sunday, July 31, 2011

What lure to use on the Puyallup?

Here's a short video on how to rig up a drift fishing setup.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Puyallup river fish - early start?

If you'd like to hook into a couple nice pinks before they hit the Puyallup, and you're without a boat, here's what to do.

Fish are there now, but not too many, so I would wait until the first weekend in August if you want a better chance.

Go down to Brown's Point and fish either the incoming, or outgoing tides. Make sure the tides you're fishing have at least an eight foot change between low & high tide.
The current created by the extreme tide change will create surface changes in the water, allowing you to see where baitfish, and salmon will be holding.
Lures pulled fast will put fish off the bite, so make sure you take it slow.
The retrieval is very important. You must lower the rod tip far enough and fast enough to produce slack in the line, allowing the buzz bomb to go horizontal and free-fall. This way, the lure looks just like a real injured baitfish struggling. The farther it drops, the more it looks injured. After it falls 2-5 feet. reel in five or six ft. of line, and lift the rod back up to the starting position. Repeat. 
Most of the strikes occur while the lure is falling, so it's sometime hard to feel a hit. As you lift, you'll feel a little tension, and you need to be ready!
Make sure you replace the treble hook with a single. size 3 or 5

browns point

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The fish are coming!!!

Hearing good reports of pink salmon on their way down to the Puyallup. A lot of pinks have been being caught in the Sekiu area in the last couple weeks.

I'll be fishing the Sound next weekend to see how the run's gonna be. I don't expect to see a ton of pinks in the Puyallup until the very end of August.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fishing fever is beginning

Had some pre-salmon fun at Fish Lake in Leavenworth. MMM MMM good!

trout fishing at fish lake2
trout fishing @ fish lake

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2011 Puyallup River pink salmon predictions

Over 900,000 pinks are predicted to be making their way up the Puyallup River this August, and September. This is in comparison to the 700,000 predicted in 2009 - which turned out to be a "pretty good" year.
I haven't been able to find a number prediction for the coho, but it sounds like a fairly strong run for them as well.
The upper portion of the Puyallup opens the 1st of August, but I don't really make my way up there.
The lower portions of the Puyallup open on the 16th of August, but I don't expect to see a ton of pinks in the river, until the last week of August.

Fish on!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

When will Salmon arrive?

This chart should give you a pretty good idea of when the different species of salmon will be arriving in the Puyallup River.
The dates can vary by a bout a week or two every year, which I'm in the process of breaking down on my "when will fish arrive" page.

salmon arrival puyallup river

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fishing tackle for fishing the Puyallup

This is the tackle I'll be using this year while fishing the Puyallup. There's a reason for each and every item. Check out my fishing tackle page for a detailed explanation of why I chose each item.
puyallup river fishing tackle

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fishing supplies (bait) for the Puyallup River

The most effective fishing technique used for the Puyallup is drift fishing - good old fashioned corkies and yarn.
The combinations of colors and sizes vary between species of salmon, weather conditions, and water conditions. Also, the length of the leader can vary from 2 ft. All the way up to 10 ft. depending on the same variables.
I'm going to buy all my fishing supplies today, and I'll make a page of exactly what I'll be using here at the end of august.