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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Tribes and state have reached a fishing proposal for Puyallup River, and should be announced Tuesday

The Puyallup River situation seems to have been resolved on the fishing seasons as state Fish and Wildlife and the tribes will send out a joint news release by Tuesday, July 23.

“I am cautiously optimistic after our meeting (Thursday, July 18), and they seemed to have accepted our proposal,” said Pat Pattillo, the head state Fish and Wildlife salmon policy coordinator. “It has been some tough discussions with our (tribal) co-managers, but we’ve had good discussions with the Puyallup Tribe.”

The three issues are public safety for both tribal and sport fishermen, where fishing happens adjacent to or around to reservation land and conservation issues.

The proposal has the Puyallup River above Freeman Road opening for fishing Aug. 1, and below Freeman Road opening Aug. 16. The river will be closed Aug. 11 when a tribal chinook fishery is scheduled.

In September there will be added closures when the tribes will be fishing two to three days per week for a total of 14 days the river be off limits to sport anglers.

The Lower Puyallup will also have closures in early October, but the upper river will have no closures.

“We proposing to have an enforcmenet program jointly (between state and tribes) to monitor together whether or not these conflcist are occurring and provide an enforcement’s view,” Pattillo said.

The situation on the Skokomish River is different, and the state hopes to find some kind of resolve by later this week. If all goes smoothly then the sport fishery could be like last year where there was 25 days of fishing and opening Aug. 1 as opposed to last year when it opened on Aug. 10.

“The meetings are on going on the Skokomish situation,” Pattillo said.

 

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