Puyallup River

Photo of Puyallup River behind the courthouse

The Puyallup River behind the Puyallup Municipal Courthouse.

Located in Pierce County, WA


Puyallup River Fishing:

The Puyallup River is one of the best Salmon and Steelhead fishing rivers in the state of Washington. This wonderful fishing destination offers anglers a shot at five different species of Lunkers.  The Puyallup river originates in glaziers on the west side of Mt Rainier and stretches approximately 45 miles before draining out into commencement bay in Tacoma, WA.  Public fishing access is plentiful and the fishing season run about nine months long.


Salmonoid Species


Chinook Salmon

Silver Salmon

Coho Salmon


Pink Salmon


Chum Salmon




When to Fish

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This river offers Summer and fall Salmon and winter Steelhead.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for exact times.


Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 2-4 Salmon per day, Min size of 12″ in length. Depending on season.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for details.


Preferred Fishing Tackle:

One single point barbless hook. Corky and yarn, Jigs or spinners,



Sand shrimp, and Salmon Eggs.



Sand shrimp, and Salmon Eggs.


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next possibly a steelhead jig, or corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection recommended!


Puyallup River Water levels


USGS Water-data graph for site 12101500


Puyallup River Discharge Rate


USGS Water-data graph for site 12101500



Puyallup River Water Levels are provided by the United States Geological Survey data system.


Puyallup River Fishing Access:

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