Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 14, 2015

Drought conditions prompt "hoot-owl" fishing restrictions on Nisqually River

Action: Nisqually River closed daily to fishing from 2 p.m. to one hour before official sunrise on days it is open for recreational fishing.

Effective date: Aug. 20, 2015 one hour before official sunrise until further notice

Location: The Nisqually River (Thurston County) from mouth to the military tank crossing bridge (located one mile upstream of mouth of Muck Creek).

Species affected: All species.

Reason for action: Unusually high water temperatures could result in higher than anticipated mortality of caught and released salmon.

Other Information: Anglers are reminded that the Nisqually River is closed for tribal fishing are Aug. 17-19, 24-26, and 31, Sept. 1, 2, 8-10, 14-16, 21-23, 28, and 29.

Information Contact: Larry Phillips (District Fish Biologist) 360-902-2721 or James Losee (Area Fish Biologist) 360-902-2741.

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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