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.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion.


  1. Thanks for the clarification.

  2. Drag help please...
    Being quite new to all of this I need some help on setting my drag. I've read on the internet that the drag should be set to between 1/4 and 1/3 of the main line strength. Is this what you guys are using or do you do something else?

  3. I found this on page 20 of the regs... not sure if it pertains to the Puyallup or not but here it is anyway:
    You May Not:
    Continue to fish for salmon after the adult
    portion of the daily limit has been retained.
    You May Not:
    Harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, except for persons who possess a Designated Harvester Card.

  4. Absolutely right...thanks for the reminder....I'll change my original post to include this info.

  5. For setting the drag

  6. Thanks for the link!

    Is this what you guys are doing?

    It seems pretty light to me after watching other guys on the river. It seems to me that with so many people on the river and a bunch of line spooling out down river that there would be a good chance of the fish getting tangled up in other people's line and around their legs. As I've mentioned before, I don't know squat about this so I need you guys to school me.

  7. How can you tell the difference between the silver, pink, king, and Jack Salmon. i understand that the Silvers and the Pinks have spots but what is a Jack and how do you tell all of them apart?

    Thanks and Fish on!

  8. Is that what you guys are doing?

    Yes....It's a sure fire way to not snap your line.
    While combat fishing, most of the time, i walk it down until i'm out of everyones way, unless it's just a little pink.

  9. How to tell the difference between species.

    The pinks have spots all the way down the tail from top to bottom, and the tails are very forked. the scales are also much smaller than the silvers.

    The silvers have spots, only half way down the tail

    A jack silver is under 20 inches.

    I'll be making a video this weekend and posting it about how to tell the difference.

  10. What about catch and release fishing? Is that not allowed on the puyallup river?

  11. Thanks again for the tips on setting the drag and walking it down... I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

  12. Yes...catch and release is allowed....and sometimes, that's all i do.
    Once you've retained four adult fish, you cannot continue to fish.....even catch & release.....

    sorry, that's just the rules.