Many anglers have been awaiting word on the Puyallup River situation heading into next month and beyond, and the good news is that for the most part salmon fishing will be open with the exception of some lower section closures to avoid conflict with tribal fisheries.
“It is a done deal, and there are going to be some closures in October,” said Pat Pattillo, the state Fish and Wildlife salmon policy coordinator.
Sport salmon 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 closed Oct. 1-2, Oct. 6-9 and Oct. 13-16. After Oct. 16 the sport fishery will remain open daily through Dec. 31.
“The closure dates were necessary to separate the fisheries to allow the tribes to fish alone in that section of the river,” Pattillo said. “After Oct. 16 the tribe doesn’t fish until November for chums, and we will monitor it when the tribal fisheries are open at that time. We will be watching it closely, and hope people will understand that is the reason why we’ve had these closures to avoid conflict. We will continue to monitor it, and will have a lot of discussion (with co-managers) in the future.”
The upper section of Puyallup from City of Puyallup outfall structure across the river from the junction of Freeman Road and North Levee Road up to the mouth of the White River will remain open daily from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, but will be monitored closely by state Fish and Wildlife enforcement.
“In monitoring the (upper river sport fishery) we saw good compliance and that was an important consideration,” Pattillo said. “We didn’t see a lot of activity in the upper area and are not concerned with conflicts.”
Through Oct. 31, anglers fishing the Puyallup will have a daily limit of two salmon, plus two additional pinks, but must release wild chinook. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon, but must release wild chinook.
Coho and hatchery chinook must measure at least 12 inches in length to be retained.
Through Nov. 30, anglers are required to use single-point barbless hooks when fishing the Puyallup River. A night closure and anti-snagging rule is also in effect through November.