Monday, August 5, 2013


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Opening weekend report

The opening day catches on the river are very promising for the huge pink run we've been anticipating. Also, a good number of reports about kings being landed.

Remember, everything below freeman road is closed till the 16th of August. Sorry guys- Clark's creek, soccer fields, and fruitstand areas are still closed- and the tickets are stiff

This king was landed on Friday

This nice pink was landed Sunday morning off levee road

If you have pics you'd like posted, you can email me at or post them on the forum

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Puyallup River is OPEN!

Let the games begin. The river is finally open, beautiful weather, the NFL season a week away....... what more could you want?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Puyallup River Fishing Regulations 2013

The Puyallup River will open August 1st above Freeman Road, and August 16th the entire river will be open from 11th st. bridge in Tacoma, to the mouth of the Carbon River in Orting.

There will be a closure on August 11th (tribal Chinook fishery), and a total of 14 days in September for netting. The netting will happen September 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, and 30. The river will be closed to fishing on these dates.

Here is the "EMERGENCY RULE UPDATE" from the WDFW website.

I will also block out those dates on the "WHEN WILL FISH ARRIVE" page to make it easy.

Puyallup River Regulations 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Puyallup River opening issue resolved

The issue of when the lower Puyallup will open has finally been resolved!
The news release will be sent out tomorrow, but from early indicators, it seems like a really good deal all the way around. I'll link to the news release as soon as it comes out tomorrow, but this is a blog post from The Seattle Times addressing the story.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lanyard for drift fishing

This is my newest addition to my fishing aresenal. This lanyard enables me to eliminate a pack around my waste, constantly having to remove my backpack for supplies, or make any trips back to the bank to tie up.

From left to right:

drift fishing lanyard
  1. Hook sharpener
  2. License - fish catch card & pen
  3. Lead post pliers
  4. Swivels
  5. Lead core weight
  6. Scissors
  7. Pre-tied leader roll
  8. Line clipper

Saturday, July 20, 2013

News Conference Puyallup River opening!

This morning on the "Outdoor Line -710AM" Phil Anderson (director of WDFW) discussed the Puyallup River situation. It sounds like Tuesday, they are trying to hold a joint news conference to announce the new regulations for the lower puyallup.

This is the podcast link, and the discussion concerning the Puyallup starts at minute sixteen.

Overall, I'm really pumped about the upcoming season. I usually don't fish the opener, 
but by the middle of august, it'll be in full swing.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Still waiting on Lower Puyallup Regulations

I recently sent another email to WDFW, and thought I'd post the response. I'm checking nearly everyday for the lower Puyallup update, but it sounds like it will be early-mid July before we know the results of the discussions.

This is a link to an article that explains what's happening as well.

Hello Ignorant Fisherman,
As you are probably aware, the Puyallup Tribe and WDFW were unable to resolve differences in view about the Puyallup River sport fishery for 2013.  We have been meeting regularly to define the sport fishery and provide the public with timely notice prior to opening.  We expect fishing to open in August and so we hope to announce the season in early July.  Please accept our apology for the delay in resolving this issue.  
Thank you for your patience and your interest in our fisheries. 
Patrick L. Pattillo
Special Assistant to the Director
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Olympia, WA
If you have further questions, please email again or call (360) 902-2700. Our Customer Service hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We hope this information helps.
Fish Program

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lower Puyallup Regulations in limbo

I've received permission to share this email from Tappsdrifter -- excellent info!

Hi Guys,

Just curious, can you share the status of the negotiations between WDFW and the tribal fisheries managers?  There are rumors that the river will be closed from the mouth to the confluence of the Puyallup and White.  Hopefully this is not the case especially with all the anticipation of the pink run pending.




Thank you for your e-mail correspondence to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Fish Program. We apologize for the delay in our response.
The following response has been provided to you from Pat Pattillo, the WDFW Statewide Salmon Policy Coordinator:
Recreational salmon fishing on the Puyallup River has been opened in mid-August to coincide with returning hatchery Chinook salmon and very large numbers of pink salmon in odd-numbered years.  In recent years the number of anglers fishing the Puyallup River has been extremely large and conflicts have occurred between recreational anglers and tribal members as they conduct treaty net fisheries.  Such conflicts range from verbal exchanges to physical interactions that, in some cases, have put the safety of tribal fishers and recreational anglers at risk. 
To reduce the occurrence of these conflicts the Puyallup Tribe and WDFW agreed to separate tribal and sport fishing activities in the area of the Puyallup River adjacent to the Puyallup Tribe’s reservation (specifically from the mouth upstream about 6 miles) on certain days opened to tribal netting.  This separation of fishing began in 2010 and continued the next two years with between 6 and 9 days closed in each season to sport fishing.  Sport fishing remained open on the Puyallup River upstream of the Tribe’s reservation area on days closed by agreement.
As planning for the 2013 salmon fishing seasons began in early March, the Puyallup Tribe notified WDFW of their intention to greatly expand the number of days closed to sport fishing.  In subsequent meetings throughout March and early April, the Puyallup Tribe conveyed their view that conflict had not subsided with the limited closures agreed to in the previous three years.  The Tribe’s position for 2013 is to close sport fishing on all days opened to tribal net fishing from mid-August through December, a total of 54 days.
The Tribes and WDFW must reach agreement on all salmon fisheries - freshwater and marine, commercial and recreational – to be consistent with conservation objectives, including fishing limits defined under the federal Endangered Species Act, and allocation of harvest between treaty Indian and non-Indian fishers.  Agreement has been reached for all fisheries except those occurring in the Puyallup River and the Skokomish River.  The Tribes and WDW are committed to reaching agreement on these outstanding issues prior to the commencement of fishing activities in August.  Agreement was not reached in time to provide a description of opened seasons and regulations for sport fisheries in the Puyallup River in WDFW’s annual publication “Sport Fishing Rules”, but WDFW will inform the public of the outcome of negotiations as soon as they are concluded. 
If you have further questions, please email again or call (360) 902-2700. Our Customer Service hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We hope this information helps, and again, we apologize for the lateness of our response.
Fish Program

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pink salmon Puyallup river 2013

I have a friend who is wanting to give salmon fishing a shot during this upcoming pink run.
The usual questions arise, starting with "what do I need?"

So here's a list of everything needed that I know of for fishing the Pink Salmon in the Puyallup. Someone should be able to purchase these products, and be set for a productive season from the middle of August till as long as the pinks are running thru.

Please let me know if you see something missing on this list. I want to make it easy for the beginners. It looks like someone should be totally outfitted form "nothing" to "loaded" for around $175 on the cheap side, to $275 for everything "deluxe".

Hope this helps!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Puyallup River salmon forecast 2013

  • PINKS -- 1,240,854
  • SOUTH SOUND CHUM -- 244,646
  • WILD COHO -- 9,776
  • HATCHERY COHO -- 26,668
  • WILD CHINOOK -- 1,128


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Puyallup River Fishing Calendar

This 11x17 calendar is specifically made for fishing the Puyallup River. All the biggest daytime tides are list from August thru December, with notes about when each new species will be entering the system.

You can use the slider at the bottom to view the months of August, and September.


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