Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

September 11, 2009

Lower section of the Puyallup River will close two days a week to sport fishing

Action: Closes the recreational fishery on the lower section of the Puyallup River two days a week through the end of September.

Effective date: Recreational salmon fishing on the river will be closed from noon Sundays to noon Tuesdays, Sept. 13-15, Sept. 20-22 and Sept. 27-29.

Species affected: All species.

Location: The portion of the river extending from the 11th Street Bridge in Tacoma to the City of Puyallup Outfall Structure across the river from the junction of Freeman Road and North Levee Road.

Reason for action: To reduce the safety risk and ensure an orderly fishery.

Other information: With a strong return of pink salmon this year, hundreds of recreational anglers are fishing the river, which is also open to tribal fishing two days a week. Reports about conflicts and other incidents between the two groups have raised public safety concerns. To reduce the safety risk and ensure that the tribe and the state can conduct an orderly fishery, WDFW is closing this section of the river.

Information contact: Mike Scharpf, District Biologist, (360) 902-2710

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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