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

January 17, 2003

Nisqually River to Close to Sport Fishing

Actions: Closes the Nisqually River to all fishing.

Effective date: January 21, 2003 through May 31, 2003

Species affected: All

Location: Nisqually River

Reason for action: The run size for Nisqually River wild steelhead returning this winter (2002-2003) is expected to be extremely low. Although there is no sport fishery directed at steelhead, a closure of all sportfishing is necessary to minimize impacts on this depressed stock.

Other information: The Nisqually River will re-open on June 1 under the general trout season.

Information contact: Chuck Baranski, District 11 Office, (360) 902-2719.

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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