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Puget Sound Opens now where for summer?

Newbie to Puget Sound question: so now that the Puget Sound rivers are open, what are the best bet rivers for Sept.?
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Any of the Puget Sound river's (and Cowlitz/Kalama) should have summer run Steelhead BUT!!!!!! keep current on the fish and game reg's as several of the rivers may have very limited (or NO) season for Steel or Salmon.

If you can run down the April 2016 addition of "The Reel News" there an extensive article on what the Washington Fish and Game expect in returns. Good for them .... but if they don't show up they can, and WILL shut down a river (or trib.) to fishing in a heart beat.

Good thing about living in Oregon is changes to the Fishing Reg's are very rare.

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Definitely,100% the Green.
(I never fish the Green)

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Thanks Fred, I'm still trying to plot out our route for this fall. So far we're up to the Deschute 'til mid Sept. Then maybe Tillamook for crabbing/salmon and on up and around the OP, down to Closowitz and back through Deschute and Grande Ronde, maybe Clearwater. But the opening of Puget Sound rivers might change plans.

Only definite is we have to be in South Dakota for pheasant opening Oct. 15.

I do appreciate your counsel!

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Dave,

All kidding aside, forget the PS rivers in September. If you have the option to be east of the mountains at that time, that is where the fish are. The PS gets relatively few summer runs and in the last 10+ years those numbers are down significantly.

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Thanks Fred, I'm still trying to plot out our route for this fall. So far we're up to the Deschute 'til mid Sept. Then maybe Tillamook for crabbing/salmon and on up and around the OP, down to Closowitz and back through Deschute and Grande Ronde, maybe Clearwater. But the opening of Puget Sound rivers might change plans.

Only definite is we have to be in South Dakota for pheasant opening Oct. 15.

I do appreciate your counsel!

Thanks, Dave
Sept is when you want to be on the Deschutes; fishing is usually fantastic! All told though it sounds like you're going to put on a lot of miles rather than fish.




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All of the puget sound rivers will be closed in September and October. Head south and east or north of north, witch is my plan!

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What Rifflehitch said. All Puget Sound rivers will be closed to fishing this September and October because of the deal WDFW made with treaty tribes regarding conservation of the extremely depressed coho runs this year. So there won't be very much summer steelhead fishing, and the prime months for sea run cutthroat fishing are totally gutted this year.
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Thanks! Might make Poppy's clave after all.

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