Sunday, December 18, 2016

Wild steelhead Puyallup River

Check out this episode of NW Wild CountryNWWC 12-17-16 Hour 1

They are talking about the Puyallup river wild steelhead returns, and suggesting there may be a catch & release opportunity in the near (5+ years) future.

I'd love to see the season extend into february, march.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December coho on Puyallup River

I can't believe it! I've never caught a coho this late on the Puyallup. I was at a hole I know to hold chum, casting spinners, and was shocked when I saw flashes of silver below the water during the fight.

Needless to say, I was pretty pleased when I landed it.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Catching chum on spinners

Had a couple hits on spinners today mid-river, and foul hooked and released this one.

Also landed this small trout/smolt. Kinda of shocked it took this #5 spinner!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Holiday fishing on the Puyallup

Finally.... my brother landed this nice chum this morning.
I had two on, -- lost them both.

I actually had a swivel break on me / right in half

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Went down for a couple hours on saturday, and only saw one roller. Usually the river is loaded with chum right now.

I went down today to see how the netting was going, and it was super slow! I heard one of the guys saying the purse seiners in commencement bay took in 230,000 of the projected 310,000 fish.....needless to say he was pretty upset.

I haven't been able to find much information online about this. Do the purse seiners fish Commencement Bay every year for chum?

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The chum are starting to show

Fished the lower river for about 45 minutes this morning. Saw two chum come almost completely out of the water, so they are definitely starting to show up.

Couldn't get any biters, and then the wind started up enough to call it a morning.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Gearing up for chum salmon

So the chum are finally in. Saw myself, and heard reports of some rollers in the lower river, and I'm looking forward to getting into some over the next month.

I'm looking for tips on what type of setup / water to look for.

Up till this point I've been catching chum in 18 inches to 3 feet of water,  doing the "long leader" thing. I'd really like to catch them with a bobber and jig, but i'm struggling with using a bobber/jig setup in that shallow of water.

Has anyone else had success in this shallow of water?

If so, can you explain what type of water, and setup you're using? Also, has anyone had chum follow a spinner?

Monday, October 31, 2016

October is finally over

The rainiest October on record is finally over. With over 9 inches of rain, and most of it falling after the 16th, when the Puyallup finally opened, the fishing has been extremely slow, to non-existent.

The b-run of coho shot straight up to the hatchery, as the river was blown out for most of the month.

I've caught coho in the lower as late as Nov 8th, so I still plan on giving it a shot if the river drops to a manageable height on one of the next two weekends, but otherwise, it looks like chum season is the next action we'll get.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Motorized fishing reel spooler with sewing machine motor

With the season not starting till a week ago, I had plenty of time to get organized. I made a line re-spooler with a sewing machine motor, because I was getting tired of how long it took to re-spool.

I think I might be a bit extreme, but I like using new line almost every time I fish. I buy service spools so I can save money on line.

Click on each part to see it on Amazon

Friday, October 14, 2016

Puyallup River will open to retention of hatchery coho

Action: Retention of hatchery coho is permitted.

Effective dates: Oct.16, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016.Species affected: Coho salmon

Location: Mainstem Puyallup River from 11th Street Bridge to the mouth of the Carbon River.

Reasons for action: Egg-take goals have been met at Voights Creek Hatchery. Due to continued uncertainty surrounding wild coho escapement and conservation goals, anglers are required to release wild coho and wild steelhead.Other information: Regulations in the Puyallup River now allow for the retention of 2 chum salmon as described by the Sport fishing Rules 2016/2017. Effective Oct. 16 through Dec. 31, up to 2 adults may be retained of which only 2 may be any combination of chum and hatchery coho. Release chinook salmon and wild coho.

Information contact: James P. Losee (360) 902-2741, or Tara Livingood (360) 628-4223, tara.livingood@dfw.wa.govx

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Puyallup river netting schedule 2016

Came across this on the wdfw website. Never knew the netting schedule was released at the beginning of the year. This is for 2016-2017 season

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Closing day coho on the carbon

Beautiful day for fishing. Cloudy with a little sun, no wind, and fish all over the place. Landed a nice coho, and a dolly, both on spinners....

Have yet to land, or see anyone land a fish on float and eggs in a long time, but i hear reports of it. Not sure if the water is too stained, or running too fast, but i thought it was perfect today, and just didn't have any takers till i switched to spinners.

Any tips?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Skunked on the carbon

Decided to give it a run today to test some things out. The river was really fast, and the only fish i saw landed was with the long leader and corkie.

Seems if the hydrograph shows over 7.5 ft, the possibilities of finding water slow enough for floats and eggs is very low. I tried bouncing eggs with a short leader in order to slow my presentation down with the water being as fast as it was; but no luck!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fishing pole holder for bike

Already good reports form the carbon. A couple kings, and coho.

One problem I've had with fishing the carbon is the limited parking which means I do a lot of walking. Especially with my two boy coming with me, I end up carrying a lot. 

Solution: I put a simple bike carrier rack on my bike, and attached a couple pole holders. This way i can be totally rigged up before getting to the river, and get the spots quickly.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

No fishing on the Puyallup?

It's the middle of August, and not a legal line has been dropped into the Puyallup River....very strange! Im happy to see there isn't any netting going on either.

Cant wait till end of October to try out my favorite spot. I'll be trying something new this year. I'm going to try drifting eggs under a bobber in an area where I know fish hold. Yes....i'll have to release unless it's a chum, but it's worth it!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Catch and release on the Puyallup?

Looks like the regulations are finally set, and I'm actually pleasantly surprised, after hearing that the river was going to be closed the whole year!

Yes, it's catch and release, except for chum, but the fun for me is the catching anyway.  I'm going to be trying a couple new techniques this year, along with my "go to" spinner.

Can't wait till August!


Monday, May 9, 2016

Why aren't the fishing regulations set?

By this time in the year, the fishing regulations are usually set, and dispersed online, and in stores, for Washington fishermen. This year however, it seems the tribes, and WDFW have been unable to come to a mutual agreement concerning the regulations.

Here's a link to an article which describes the rift between the two parties.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Tropics success

Vacationing, and could help but put a line in the water. Landed this trigger fish, and my brother landed the others. Cooking 'em up on the grill tonight.

Cant wait for August on the Puyallup!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 salmon forecast

We're only a couple days away from 2016-2017 regulations being released.

Here are the 2016 forecasts for the Puyallup River / South Sound

2015 hatchery 2016 hatchery 2015 wild 2016 wild 2015 total 2016 total
18,949 7,606 21,385 1,576 40,334 9,182
(south sound)
22,296 334,709 375,000 357,005
Chinook (Puyallup) 5,415 3,708 422 353 5,837 4,061