WDFW Opening Clarks Creek Near Puyallup

Back when WDFW switched up their Puget Sound stream regulations from open-unless-closed to closed-unless-open, Clarks Creek just west of Puyallup was meant to be open but somehow ended up on the other side of the ledger.

The local fisheries biologist, Mike Scharpf, says he fielded a few calls from anglers about that and today “got off his hiney” and changed the rules, opening the creek starting Aug. 1.

He says the Puyallup River tributary offers escaped hatchery rainbows and there are anedotal reports of stray German browns as well.

“I’ve been told by the guys at the Clarks Creek hatchery that when they release Chinook smolts, big gigantic cutts come up and snag them,” Scharpf adds.

The spring creek moseys through Clarks Creek and DeCoursey Parks before skirting farmlands and draining into the Puyallup.

It is open through Oct. 31 from its mouth up to 12th Ave SW, which is at Clarks Creek Park.

Selective gear rules are in effect. Trout limit is two fish, minimum size of 14 inches, release wild steelhead. Other game fish, statewide minimum size and daily limits.

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3 Responses to “WDFW Opening Clarks Creek Near Puyallup”

  1. Chris Says:

    Does this mean Clarks will be open next year? Any word on that?

  2. Chris Says:

    I will do that. It’s a great fishery, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to fish it again after I got back from deployment.

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