Fishing to close on the Nisqually River | Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Fishing to close on the Nisqually River


Action: Close Nisqually River to fishing.


Effective dates: 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2013.


Species affected: All species.

Location: Nisqually River from the mouth to the military tank crossing bridge (located one mile upstream of the mouth of Muck Creek); Pierce/Thurston counties.


Reason for action: Based on spawning surveys and harvest information available to date, WDFW is concerned that the winter chum return to the Nisqually River is not as abundant as forecast and has the potential to fall short of the escapement goal.  Given this information and the need to achieve shared conservation goals, both WDFW and the Nisqually Tribe are closing their respective fisheries for chum salmon.  The river is already closed to the retention of wild steelhead.

Other information: Anglers should refer to the Sportfishing Rules 2012/2013 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON for other fishing opportunities.


DFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet or the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage at for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing regulations are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500; press 2 for recreational rules; call the Shellfish Rule Change hotline, (360) 796-3215, or toll free 1 (866) 880-5431.

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