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

January 3, 2013

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 mouth of Muck Creek).Pierce/Thurston counties.

Reasons for action: Based on spawner survey 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 our escapement goal. Given this information and the need to achieve our 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 Sport fishing Rules 2012/2013 pamphlet edition, FISHING IN WASHINGTON for other ongoing fishing opportunities.

Information Contact: Larry Phillips (360) 902-2721, Larry.Phillips@dfw.wa.gov

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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