Monday, December 24, 2012

Fishing the Puyallup 2012

It's been a good year on the Puyallup/Carbon River in 2012. The following video is pictures from the Puyallup River Fishing Forum. The Puyallup closes with the coming of the new year.

August of 2013 will begin a couple months of mayhem, as the pink salmon return in masses to the river system.

Good luck to all who continue to fish the other great rivers in Washington State. I will be posting updates about the 2013 season predictions, and "how-to" videos on occasion.

Thanks for visiting,
Ignorant Fisherman

Saturday, December 22, 2012

One last Coho

Decided to give it one last shot way upriver. I know the steelhead are far and few between, but I'll still give it a shot every year.
Didn't have any luck with Steelies, but I did catch & release this coho on a #3 brass/black spinner I made.

carbon coho

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Chum Run is OVER

Stopped by the river first thing this morning. Went 0/3, but it think they were all like the fish I saw about a foot from shore ---Black, and beat up. I think I may have been ripping right thru the mouth.

If you're going to try for the last of the bright ones, there's no point in wading out. The fish are right up against shore.

I did see one big jumper, and I'm assuming it was fresh, but they're far and few between right now.

Good luck--


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Clear river, and runnin' close

The water level dropping over the last week has cleared up the river quite a bit. The chum are running anywhere from 2-15 ft from shore, so theres no need to wade out. It's more an issue of finding a spot to cast.

Don't know how much longer we'll se bright fish coming in, but they were there this week if you can filter thru the dark ones.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Congratulations T.J.!

Congratulations T.J.

T.J. is 12yrs old, and has e-mailed a couple times. He just landed his first Puyallup River Salmon this afternoon.
I've never seen a prettier fish!

Great JOB!


SLowing down

C&R'd a couple nice chum this morning, but it's definitely slowing down from a couple weeks ago. Don't get me wrong, there's still a lot of fish, but it's a little farther & fewer between, especially with the netting being from Sunday at noon - Wed, at noon.



Thursday, November 22, 2012

Holiday HAWGS

The river is loaded with chum chum right now. Landed a couple big ones this morning, and kept one for the smoker. Saw quite a few being landed around me as well. The river is still pretty high and colored, but if you can find a spot, the fish are there.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Chum fu fightin'

The chum are in much better numbers than last weekend, but there aren't a ton of them yet.
I landed this 12lb hen on the lower river at sunrise this morning. Lost another after about 10-15 sec, and had a miss or two mixed in as well.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Chum fishing on the Puyallup

These nice chum were landed by Flying Hawaiian on the lower river this morning. The fishing is still fairly slow compared to what it will be here in a week or so, but the chum are starting to show up in better numbers.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Chrome b-run Coho on the Puyallup

Went out chum hunting this morning, (trying out some different spots in the lower).
Finally ended up casting spinners below the 512 bridge area, and landed a - COHO!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Netting chum on the Puyallup

Netting will continue on the Puyallup at noon Sunday - noon Tuesday. This is the same schedule for next weekend.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Chum in the lower river

The chum are starting to show up in fairly good numbers. I lost one on the lower river this morning after a pretty good fight, and i saw three landed. Also saw a pic of one landed mid river on the fishing forum.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Puyallup river water levels

The river has been blown out of shape for the last week, but it looks like it should return to fishable levels by Friday night. Looking for one last week of trying for a silver, before I gear into the chum. WIth chum already in clarks creek, and in the mid-river, this could mean a huge chum return this year.

Puyallup River at Puyallup

Friday, October 26, 2012

Lower river fish

Stopped by the river on my way home for about an hour. Hooked into something nice with a spinner, but it released after a couple good head shakes. Enough to get me going back tomorrow morning for sure.  Also saw a pic of a nice chum landed mid-river.

Morning update: I think the majority of silvers may have already moved thru (lots of reports on the carbon), and the first of the chum are trickling in. I think I must have hooked into a chum last night. If i were to try again, it would be up by the carbon/puyallup fork. I'm not ready to be done with the silvers quite yet.

Good luck

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

TIme to hit the lower!

I've heard multiple reports of silvers being landed in the lower river form the soccer fields up to the White River, over the last couple days. Today, the river is finally back in prime shape for fishing on the lower river, and I'm expecting it to be pretty good fishing down there for the next 7-10 days for sure.

The silvers seem to hold in the slower water just above a tailout when the water is at this height.

I won't be able to get out there till this weekend, but good luck to everyone trying over the next couple days.

Friday, October 19, 2012

High River!

The river looks to be out of shape for the next two days or so. I've never found a good spot while the hydro is reading over 12.5 ft. I'll probably do some recon, and throw a few spinners, although i think this muddy water will make it near impossible for a fish to see it! I'ver heard black, and gold spinners can work in water like this, so I'll give that a shot.

The next run of silvers should be coming into the lower river here over the next 10 days, but they don't hold down low as long as the first run in Aug-Sept. The rain over the next month usually causes them to get to the carbon a lot sooner.

Puyallup River at Puyallup

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Coho on the Carbon

Had an awesome morning on the Carbon River this morning.
Landed two coho on spinners, and my brother landed a nice chromer on eggs under a float.
A little bit of rain while we were on the river, but it was definitely worth it!

I made the spinners I used, which made it quite a bit sweeter. After I read Jed Davis' book last summer, I decided to make my own, and it was nice having it payoff today.

carbon river silver salmon

Monday, October 8, 2012


Looks like Friday and Saturday, it's supposed to pour rain!
I'm hoping the Puyallup, and Carbon are still fishable this weekend. I'm expecting a lot of fish to be shooting up thru the upper Puyallup, and Carbon heading to voights hatchery with this first rain.
Barley any coho, and only a couple hundred Kings have returned so far.----way behind a normal year

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Skunked on the Carbon

Hit the carbon at sunrise this morning, trying to bounce eggs along the bottom.....

I was using 15lb. mainline, 10lb leader, and it was hard getting any kind of drift thru the slow water, even with no weight..... I think my line may have been too heavy, but i'm looking for tips!

Beautiful day anyway!
Good luck

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Upper Puyallup silver salmon

Landed a nice coho up at the 96th st. bridge this morning....saw a big jumper at 116th st. as well.
They're in the upper river, it's just a matter of finding 'em.

Good luck!

I was using a size 14 corkie and 2/0 hook with yarn/// 6-7 ft leader.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mid river fish!

Went up to a new spot about mid river ----beautiful in the morning... didn't see another person as far as i could see up or down jumping in multiple areas, and i couldn't get a good drift. The river was super narrow, fast, and more snags (big logs) than I've ever seen on the puyallup. If the water were clearer, I would have tried spinners, but it being so stained, I went down to 512 bridge, to see what was happening......not much. One fish landed, one foul hooked, and about 20 guys. They're moving up river! The netting schedule for the next couple weeks is from Sunday at noon, thru Wednesday at noon.....but I'll be concentrating on the upper river myself.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Getting ready for the weekend

The nets are finally out, and the river can start filling up again!
According to my journals, this should be a good weekend on the lower river.
I'm gonna drive around, and find somewhere mid river, and give it a shot. -

Good luck

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Coho Kibosh

Landed a couple nice coho's this morning before 7:30
Caught on corkies and yarn at the top of a tailout. This buck hit my corkie mid-drift - Slam!

I'll be moving up river (mid-river) by this next weekend, and then moving all the way up near the carbon in a couple weeks, but the lower river is loaded with coho right now.

Puyallup coho

Friday, September 14, 2012

Silvers are thick

Netting will continue on Sunday at noon, and last thru Tuesday at noon, but there's plenty of time for fishing before that.
The lower river is turning out some beautiful adult coho's! One report of using a yarn ball, but mostly corkies and yarn is what's doing the trick.

Check out these fish landed by "Dave" on the fishing forum.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Puyallup river netting

The netting will end at noon today, and the rest of the river will be open tomorrow morning, an hour before sunrise. According to past years journals, this next week should be very good for adult coho.

Good luck out on the river....

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Coho fishing on the Puyallup

Made it out to the river after a couple weeks of being unable to. Landed two nice silvers, and lost a much bigger one. Saw quite a few landed around me as well. Not too many jacks....mostly adult cohos.
Sunrise really seems to make a difference, although I'm sure fishing a big tide in the middle of the day would produce fish as well.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Slower fishing in the lower river - but get ready

The fishing has been slow on the lower river over the last half week, so most of the kings, and jack silvers have moved up river.
According to my journals, the next week should be bringing in a bunch of adult silvers, and it should last for a couple weeks on the lower river.

Good luck!

Here's a couple caught just this morning by "dave" on the fishing forum.....nice catch!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Towing at the soccer fields map

I've created a map of "towable" areas at the soccer fields. I'm hoping this helps everyone.
If you see an area I've missed, please comment, and I'll update the map.

Also, if you know of other areas along the Puyallup that fisherman's cars have been towed, I'll be making the parking areas more clear on the fishing map.

Just zoom in on the Soccer Fields on the Puyallup River Fishing Map.

Thanks in advance,
Ignorant Fisherman

Friday, August 31, 2012

Mornings seem best

From most reports on the Fishing Forum, and personal experience, it seems the early mornings have been producing more fish than the evenings. All the action I've heard about so far has been on the lower river, and this seems right according to my journals.

A word of caution about parking at the soccer fields! Cars are being towed that are on the grass field, or in the middle of the culdesac right next to River Road, so BE CAREFUL.

Thanks fishing4fun for the pic.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Kings and silvers!

This morning was pretty hot in the lower river. Lot's of jacks, the occasional king, and a couple of the A-run silvers.
Seeming like sunrise, and sunset have been the most productive times on these hot -sunny days.

Check out some of the reports, and catches of the day on the new forum.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Puyallup River Fishing Forum

The fishing forum is up!

Thanks for the suggestions, and I hope the forum makes it easier for all.

SIlver Sunrise!

Lots of jack silvers being landed this morning down at the SOCCER FIELDS.
Also a couple of the "first" a-run silvers (5-7 lbs), and a 15lb. king!

I lost the one silver I had on, but it was nice seeing that many fish landed. Brightly colored corkies and yarn seemed to be the trick this morning.

Good luck fishing today.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mixed reports...and netting begins this weekend

Still pretty mixed reports this week. I've seen a couple Jacks pulled in, and one King, but not a lot of action yet at all.

Netting begins this Sunday, so the lower half of the river (below Freeman Rd.) will be closed to fishing. The netting is allowed from the white river, all the way to the mouth. So even if you're at 5th st., Freddy's, or somewhere in that vicinity, the boats probably will be coming thru.

Anytime you see CLOSED on the (when will fish arrive page), it's only in reference to the lower half of the river. It's only six days of closures, and the last one is Sept 11th.

Good luck to everyone... hopefully more fish will show up by the weekend!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Beautiful Scenery, but that's it!

Tried down by the soccer fields this evening.....pretty packed, but not much action at all.
I did see one small king landed in a couple hours (about 50-75 guys).

Is everyone using 8-10 ft. leaders? I was using an 18-24 inch leader, and getting funny looks. No one was catching anything, so I'm not sure who's right, but the guy next to me told me this is a "flossin" river, and I just told him I was doing an experiment....

(i thought the muddier the water, the shorter the leader needed)

This is my first year trying for KINGS, and I call myself the "IGNORANT" fisherman for a reason :), so let me know if I'm crazy. --- I JUST WANT A FISH!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lower Puyallup OPEN

The lower Puyallup is now open. From 11th st. bridge (near the mouth), all the way up to the Carbon is now open for fishing......

Good luck

View Puyallup River fishing locations in a larger map

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The "non" report

Not much to report!
Went down behind Freddy's to try out plunking for the first time. Tried to get in the shaded areas, because the sun was blazing hot, but didn't have much luck. I was using kwikfish, and hook a trout about the same size as the lure :)

 Any way, good to get back on the river. Looking forward to the next couple weekends, because according to my journals, they should be pretty good for kings.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Plunking the Puyallup River

Looking for some help here!

I'm in my first year of PLUNKING, and I'm getting my gear setup. I'm doing this, so I can always have a line in the water, even when I'm teaching my son to cast, etc. I can also see it being beneficial on longer fishing trips when a break is in order, and I'd still like to have a line in the water. I do understand, that plunking is not too popular on the Puyallup, and it has to be done fairly out of the way from the lines of fishermen that can form during the peak of a run....I'll stay out of the way :-)

So this is the setup I'm thinking of going with, after a couple trips to Sportco, and watching videos online. I'm freezing the tuna wraps in packs of four, so I can do most of the messy work at home.

Any tips are greatly appreciated --

Thanks, and good luck fishing this week.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Couple reports of Kings

Hearing about a couple reports of kings being caught down by safeway, and just up from freeman road.
Fishing is still extremely slow, but I think that's pretty normal for opening week.

I remember things didn't really heat up until the middle of August last year (of course the pinks helped!)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Safety First -

This e-mail was sent to me by a reader of the blog......and I offered to post it. -- Please be safe while fish is that important.

My nephew Joshua McNamara (28 years old) was inner tubing on July 8th and got caught in a current and is presumed drowned. We are still at the recovery stage for his body. Our family wants you to be advised and aware on your fishing trips. Joshua was last seen at the 128th Str McMillan bridge area. the next mile and a half is where we think he may be stuck. If you see anything like a blue with yellow inner tube, or either black and orange shorts or khaki shorts please call 911. 
You may see flyers on trees along the banks with yellow ribbons. Please take note of the flyer with Details.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or information.

we pray that he may be found soon. The thought of someone stumbling upon him could have nightmares the rest of their life is something that we don't want to have happen.

Above all our family want to turn this tragedy into an educational tool for river safety and please wear your lifejacket. A simple life jacket would have saved his life. So be real careful out there all you fishing people and have a great season! 


Mary Anne Lutz

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Puyallup River Opening!

The Puyallup river opens on Wednesday, August 1st, above freeman road. Freeman road is directly across from B&B Auto Sales on River Road. As long as you are up river from Freeman Road, fishing is legal.

The lower river will open on the 16th of August.

Good luck fishing!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Keeping a journal for fishing

One thing I started doing on a much more regular basis last year was keeping good records of every fishing trip. I'm realizing the more detailed I am, the faster the learning curve will be.

In every fishing book I read, JOURNAL KEEPING is a constant "must do" according to the experts.

So....I made this little form, which I'll be using, and hopefully it helps you as well. Here's a picture of what the form looks like once it's filled out. I'm going to be keeping mine on a e-diary/blog, but it would work to print out, and keep in a binder as well.

Hope this helps

Monday, July 16, 2012

Carved tree on Puyallup River (5th st. bridge)

Went down to the river by 5th st. bridge for a quick walk, and was amazed at the beautifully carved tree, right next to 5th st. bridge. Here's a couple pics, and a link to the news story from a couple months ago.  Awesome job! Definitely worth going down & taking a look!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


So these are the pre-season numbers from North of Falcon on the Puyallup River. I'm still looking for the numbers from 2011 on the Chinook, and Chum so we can do a comparison.

If anyone has a link, I'd love to update this chart.
Looking forward to getting on the river here real soon......Have a safe 4th of July!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Puyallup River fishing regulations 2012

Barbless hooks are required from August - November. December 1st you can use barbed hooks.

Only one hook per line until December 1st. After November 30th, treble hooks, and double hook setups are legal.

Night closure in effect until December 1st.

Legal combinations of kept fish - daily limit 6 - (two adults)

  • Two Coho, four Jacks
  • Two Coho
  • Two Chinook, four Jacks
  • Two Chinook
  • One Coho, one Chinook, four Jacks
  • One Coho, one Chinook
  • Two Chum
  • One Chum, one Coho
  • Two Trout over 14"(dolly varden -bull trout)

CHIN JACK = King jacks or Chinook jacks (12 to less than 24 inches) 
COHO JACK = Silver jacks or Coho jacks (12 to less than 20 inches)


Saturday, April 21, 2012

River Fishing Cheat Sheet

A must have cheat sheet for salmon, and steelhead fishing. Where fish hold, and what color to use depending on water color, and temperature.
One page of a color guideline to carry in your tackle box, or on your mobile device when going fishing. Specifically tailored to river fishing spinners, or corkies and yarn, for salmon, and steelhead.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Best Rod holder for bank fishing salmon

I'll be doing a lot of plunking this year while helping my son learn the ropes of spinners, and drift fishing. Plunking is a super productive fishing technique. One problem I've run into, is finding a pole holder strong enough to hold big salmon, and sturdy enough to get into the river rock on the sides of most rivers.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

How to build spinners: "Jed Davis style"

One of the most exciting ways to river fish is using spinners. Unfortunately, most store bought lures just don't cut it when it comes to weight, and blade performance. After reading Jed Davis' book on spinners, and his instructions on building your own, I decided to give it a go.