Anglers allowed to retain 2 additional pink salmon in the lower Puyallup River on days open to fishing

Puyallup River - WA (Pierce County)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of WA Departemnt of Fish & Wildlife

by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

Action:  Anglers may retain 2 additional pink salmon as part of the salmon daily limit.

Effective date:  Aug. 31 through Oct. 31

Species affected:  Pink salmon.

Location:  Puyallup River, from the 11th St. Bridge to the East Main Bridge.

Reason for action:  170,000 Pink salmon have been passed above the Buckley trap, exceeding the preseason forecast and the escapement goal for the Puyallup. The higher than expected return supports additional harvest opportunity for recreational anglers.

Additional information:  Salmon:  Min. size 12”. Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adults plus 2 additional pink salmon may be retained. Release chum and wild Chinook.

A reminder:  Pink salmon over 12” are considered adults. Anglers may not continue to fish for salmon after the adult portion of their daily limit has been retained. The lower Puyallup River is closed to all recreational angling Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays during the months of September and October.

For additional rules please see the 2019/2020 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for rules or visit the WDFW website at

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