After months of contentious debate the state and Puyallup Tribal fish managers have come to agreement over the sport summer salmon fisheries in the Puyallup River.
The Upper Puyallup River will begin Aug. 1, and the Lower Puyallup will open Aug. 16.
The three issues that delayed coming to terms in mid-April were public safety for both tribal gill-net and sport fishermen, where fishing happens adjacent to or around to reservation land and conservation issues.
In order to create a non confrontational situation the openings for sport and tribal fishermen will be separated in August and September. The fall fisheries are still being finalized.
Sport salmon fishing on Puyallup River from the City of Puyallup outfall structure across the river from the junction of Freeman Road, and North Levee Road up to mouth of the White River is open Aug. 1-10, and Aug. 12-31, plus Sept. 3-7, Sept. 11-14, Sept. 18-21, and Sept. 26-28.
Sport fishing on Puyallup River from 11th Street Bridge up to City of Puyallup outfall structure across the river from the junction of Freeman Road and North Levee Road will be open Aug. 16-31, and Sept. 3-7, Sept. 11-14, Sept. 18-21, and Sept. 26-28.
Daily limit is six salmon with minimum size of 12 inches. Anglers may keep up to four adult salmon, and only two may be a combination of chinook, coho or chum. Release wild adult chinook.