Winter and Summer Run Steelhead, Chinook, Coho, Chum, and Pink Salmon, Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish.
Enters Commencement Bay in Tacoma.
Take the Puyallup exit off of Interstate 5 near the north end of Tacoma to reach the Lower Puyallup, which is paralleled by River Road on the south side of the river and the North Levee Road on the north side of the river. To reach the upper portions of the river take Pioneer Avenue east out of Puyallup to Highway 162 (the Summer/Orting Highway). Side roads to the east off Highway 162 provide river access at Alderton, McMillan, and other places along the way towards Orting. McCutcheon Road runs along the east side of the river from Summner to McMillan.
The towns of Puyallup and Sumner have every thing that you need.
Rules and Regulations:
See your WDFG rules and regulations pamphlet for details.
Fishing the Puyallup River:
Some of the best fishing on the Puyallup river is found from Sumner upstream to the mouth of the Carbon River, a few miles north of Orting. This is true for both salmon and steelhead. Many anglers float this stretch of the river, but McCutcheon Road provides plenty of access at more than a half dozen points.
Chinook start showing up in the Puyallup in August, and by mis-September the salmon fishery is going in full speed. Every other year the Pinks show up in masses. The hottest fishing action in the river is in October, when coho fill the river, most of them bound for the state salmon hatchery at Voight Creek, a Carbon River tributary near Orting. Boat anglers scor good cohocatches back-trolling Hot Shots, Wiggle Warts, and other plugs, while bank anglers do well with Blu Fox, Matric, and Flash and Go spinners.
A few steelhead trickle into the upper reaches of the Puyallup above the mouth of the Crabon, but you’re better off concentrating your efforts from McMillan downstream. If you’re a drift-angler, you’ll find plenty of good water between Sumner and McMillan, with no really area better than the others. If plunking is in your bag, stay downstream of Puyallup. Plunkers can do well on the North Levee Road, where there’s plenty of bank access and a good chance of catching fish right after a period of high water. Beware! this is a COMBAT fishery when the fish runs are at full strength.
Chum fishing in December on the Puyallup: